Drop in trip favours Shake The Bucket
NIALL MADDEN is hoping a return to Shake The Bucket's preferred trip at Dundalk, plus a swing at the weights with recent conqueror Gretzky, can help the seven-year-old record a seventh victory at the track.
Five times successful over this evening's 1m2½f trip, Shake The Bucket finished a length behind Gretzky in third over 1m4f at the course last month.
However, Gretzy has gone up 5lb for that win, plus apprentice Connor King, who claimed 5lb last time has been replaced by Joseph O'Brien, leaving Matthew Smith's runner 10lb worse off with Shake The Bucket.
Madden said: "He's very well and has only 9st 3lb to carry with Thomas [Madden] claiming 7lb. Gretzky is probably the one to beat still, but we are on much better terms with him now."
As well as Dundalk, Southwell and Wolverhampton stage all-weather fixtures, plus there is a jumps meeting at Musselburgh.
Today's key pointer
Since the start of 2012 Donald McCain and Jason Maguire have figures of 222111221313111 in non-handicap hurdle races at Musselburgh (+£6.52 to £1 level stakes.) They team up with Katachenko in the maiden hurdle at 12-40.
Pointer appears from Raceform Interactive
Musselburgh: soft, good to soft in places