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Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Full Jack looks a likely lad on his first run for Thomson

Lucinda Russell: her Blue Baton can make a winning debut at Musselburgh on Wednesday
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Fabella Bere (each-way)
1.10 Southwell

Although Fabella Bere has a bit to find on official ratings, she still might be worth chancing here as plenty of her rivals are unproven on the track’s Fibresand surface.

That shouldn’t be an issue for Karl Burke’s filly as she was doing all her best work at the finish when staying on for fourth in a mile nursery at the track last month.

She’s back in a maiden here as the sole three-year-old against older horses and, with a sex allowance thrown in as well, she receives 22lb and upwards from her rivals.

If she improves for the step up in trip, her rivals may find it tough to concede the weight.

Full Jack
2.30 Musselburgh

Full Jack is returning from 219 days off, but he goes well fresh and there’s no doubt that he’s on a tempting mark of 106.

The 11-year-old is having his first run for Sandy Thomson, but his last win for previous trainer Pauline Robson came off a ten-month absence in a Carlisle chase off 115.

His last hurdling success came over course and distance, so he is clearly more than capable of landing the spoils if somewhere near his best.

Although set to carry 12st, he has the assistance of 7lb claimer Rachael McDonald, who is five from 26 when riding for Thomson this term (19 per cent strike-rate for a £20.25 profit to £1 level stakes).

Vivat Rex
3.10 Southwell

Vivat Rex landed this claimer last year for Irish trainer John Feane and can repeat the trick this time for Conor Dore.

The seven-year-old was claimed by Dore following that success 12 months ago and, while he hasn’t struck since, this is a decent opportunity for him to regain the winning thread.

He was tailed off here last time, but that 1m3f trip is much further than he prefers these days and it’s likely he would have needed the run after an 11-month absence.

Last year three of the four rivals he beat were officially rated between 87 and 94, yet none of his five opponents here are higher than 82.

Blue Baton
3.30 Musselburgh

Lucinda Russell enjoys her fair share of wins in bumpers and Blue Baton can make a winning debut.

The five-year-old’s sister Peculiar Places was a well-backed favourite when a close second on her bumper debut and went on to score next time.

The booking of Blair Campbell is also positive as he has been the yard’s go-to rider in bumpers. Campbell is three from nine in bumpers for Russell this season and his 5lb claim means Blue Baton will be receiving weight from most of his rivals.


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His last hurdling success came over course and distance, so he is clearly more than capable of landing the spoils if somewhere near his best
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