Musselburgh Placepot: Friday January 16

Brian Ellison saddles leading fancy Streets of Newyork
Brian Ellison saddles leading fancy Streets of Newyork

Musselburgh have survived an early inspection, and we head to the Scottish course for Friday's attempt at the Placepot...

Streets of Newyork has looked an improved performer since joining Brian Ellison and, fit from the Flat, he went close to scoring at Wetherby on Boxing Day, unlucky to bump into an unexposed, improving type...

12:40- Plenty of these have questions to answer, and that includes Trouble In Paradise, who looked sure to shed the maiden status for much of the way at Ayr last time before being collared in the closing stages. He's clearly on a workable mark, though, and is given the benefit of the doubt for now. We'll also include Another Dimension in the permutation as he is potentially well treated in this sphere, and this doesn't look the strongest of races. 

13:10 - Brave Spartacus improved in leaps and bounds over fences a couple of seasons ago, showing useful form, and he took advantage of a much-reduced hurdles mark, justifying strong support in the process, when winning at Sedgefield last time. Even after the inevitable rise in the weights he still looks well treated based on his chase form, and should give a good account. 

13:40 - Samedi Soir struggled to make much of an impact in bumpers, but she offered something to work with over hurdles last time, finishing third over C&D, and she should be capable of building upon that effort. With eight declared and three horses progressing, we'll bank on Keith Reveley's filly taking a step forward. 

14:10 - Streets of Newyork has looked an improved performer since joining Brian Ellison and, fit from the Flat, he went close to scoring at Wetherby on Boxing Day, unlucky to bump into an unexposed, improving type. A repeat of that kind of form should see him go close, and he is the first horse that we will turn to. Teo Vivo had plenty in hand when winning by five lengths at Kelso, doing so in the style of one who may be capable of better yet, and he can launch a bold bid, despite racing from a much higher mark. 

14:45 - This has the look of a trappy contest, made harder by the withdrawal of Man With Van ensuring only a win will suffice, and, with all four holding claims, the sensible play is to include them all. If pressed, Habbie Simpson makes the most appeal on the back of his win at Newcastle, but including the four is the best option.

15:20 - Allez Cool has yet to win, but can usually be relied upon to give his running and comes here in good form following three successive runner-up finishes. His latest performance was arguably his best yet, and there could still be a bit more to come, so he makes plenty of appeal from a Placepot perspective. 

Recommendations:
12:40- 1, 7
13:10- 2
13:40- 4
14:10- 3, 6
14:40- 2, 3, 4, 5
15:10- 3
= 16 lines

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