Sweetspots: Steps looks a Golden bet for Goldie and Tudhope
Royal Brave won three times over this course and distance last year, including this race (2.40 Musselburgh), and is only 1lb higher than his last win. Fast ground is key to his chance.
Simon Crisford’s strike-rate rises from 18 per cent to a remarkable 50 per cent when he sends his horses over 200 miles. Al Ozzdi (4.40
Musselburgh) is also a first-time gelding (trainer 21 per cent with them) and wears a first-time hood (23 per cent).
Danny Tudhope has a 43 per cent strike-rate for Jim Goldie at Newcastle and they team up with Golden Steps (7.30). He is 11lb lower than when winning the Bunbury Cup over this trip in 2016 and shaped well over an inadequate five furlongs on stable debut last time.