Ground key to Albegone's chances
Leg 1: Back Albegone @ 3/1 in the 15:35 at Musselburgh
We got one win in yesterday but couldn't follow up to land the double - Agritime scored easily at Limerick, but Serenity Grove didn't and ran appallingly. An up and down day if ever there was one, with a victory and a last spot.
Monday is an all Flat day and the soft conditions at Musselburgh are surely going to bring out the best in a horse I have a lot of time for in Albegone.
He landed back-to-back handicaps in September with a smooth success at Hamilton and one over course and distance, on both occasions looking like a horse miles ahead of his mark.
I was with him at Redcar last time out, and while he ran well in second, the quicker ground might just have negated his chances a little. He seems to act on it, but he travels so well in soft conditions that they now appear to be a must.
This is a competitive heat, but a 5f at a sharp track in these conditions will suit.
Meehan youngster to improve on debut
Leg 2: Back Cu Chulainn @ 5/6 in the 19:30 at Kempton
The 19:30 hardly is the strongest novice race to be held at Kempton with a mixed bag of a field that includes older horses, runners from jumping yards and contenders that have question marks.
Cu Chulainn hasn't been missed in the market but it's about picking your battles, and this looks his for the taking. As his nearest rival Mawkeb has been off for 177 days and is very hard to fancy on his two runs.
The selection is trained by Brian Meehan and finished second at Lingfield in what looked a strong field on paper. The time might have been slow as the race turned into a sprint, but he fared well against a John Gosden horse that had the benefit of a run, who had more speed with 2f to go once the tempo quickened.
There were several well bred sorts in behind, including a William Haggas son of Sea The Stars in third, who has since won a novice by 15L at Chelmsford.
Kempton will suit him far better than Lingfield, as will the extra furlong.
Daily Multi-Sports Double
Leg 1: Back Makanah @ 3.55/2 in the 15:00 at Musleburgh
Daryl Carter says: "Makanah won this race last year in comfortable style on similar soft ground despite giving eight pounds to the 105 rated Danzeno, and this time around, he is in receipt of three pounds from the 105 rated Roulston Scar who is not guaranteed to improve for soft ground."
Leg 2: Back Germany to win to nil @ 2.01/1 v North Macedonia
Dan Fitch says: "Germany's qualification campaign is now flying under Hansi Flick, with their 2-1 win over Romania on Friday being their fourth straight victory under their new manager. They have won to nil in three of those game and are 2.01/1 to do so again."