The 2 year olds get us kicked off on Good Friday, and First Bombardment looks like he should be shades of odds on, so 6/52.20+1201.201.20-0.83 with Bet365 looks like value. David O’Meara 2 year old went agonisingly close to winning The Brocklesby on debut, missing out by a short head. Showed a fair level of ability that day and with normal improvement expected, can go one better. Has a useful claimer taking off 7lbs and as the only raced runner in the field, goes in with an advantage. Something will need to be pretty useful to lower his colours.
That isn’t entirely out of the question and there has been good support behind the Mark Johnston trained Sixth Sense. The market strength seems fairly significant as it was Johnston who had the horse who beat First Bombardment at Doncaster, so he should have a good line. With that being said, experience can be invaluable at this time of year and furthermore sire Shamardal has a moderate record with his progeny making their debut over 5/6f. Trainer did have winner last year and has to be feared, but in what could turn out to be a match, odds against for First Bombardment looks fair.
3.30 Musselburgh – Robot Boy
The Totepool Borderlescott Trophy is just a six runner affair, but it should be an intriguing contest nonetheless. Five out of the six runners are making their seasonal reappearance (Bapak Bangsawan, who has run recently, is an unfancied 100/1101.00+10000100.00100.00-0.01 shot), and fitness as well as ability should play a part. On official figures, there are two stand out performers – the David Barron trained Robot Boy and Kevin Ryan’s Blaine, with the former rated 1lb superior.
Robot Boy has plenty going for him and should really be difficult to beat. David Barron does very well at this time of year bringing his horse’s back from an absence, and this son of Shamardal has previously won over course and distance which is a plus. Last 5 runs were all in the 100’s on RPR’s and generally tracks leaders, so stall 3 is fine. Has won on seasonal reappearance before and finished a respectable fourth and there could be further improvement in the locker.
Blaine also has some very good form from last season, although most of that was over further, and suitability of sharp track over 5f on reappearance has to be a question mark. Kevin Ryan is just 20/214 for a loss of £-76 (A/E 0.83) when bringing back runners from 120+ day absence in April and with similar odds in the market, the Barron horse has to be the selection.
Tangerine Trees has been a stalwart and loves small fields and racing at Musselburgh. He goes very well fresh, but advancing years appeared to catch up with Bryan Smart’s runner last season and although he is sure to give it a good shot, should be a few too good.
First Bombardment Win – 1.55 Musselburgh – 6/52.20+1201.201.20-0.83 – Bet365
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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