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Musselburgh Racing Tips: Matchless makes plenty of appeal

Racing at Musselburgh
Adam Houghton outlines the Timeform view on the New Year's Day action at Musselburgh

"Matchless should remain competitive from a BHA mark of 124 and is one to be interested in again back at Musselburgh."

Timeform's Adam Houghton highlights a Nap and Next Best selection at Musselburgh on New Year's Day...

Musselburgh NAP - 13:10 - Back Matchless

Matchless had a busy campaign on the Flat but has shown no ill effects from that when sent back over hurdles for his last two starts, first winning at this course in November and then producing an even better effort in defeat when tackling this sort of trip for the first time at Doncaster a few weeks ago.

Matchless was beaten just a nose on the last occasion, losing out on the nod as he and another useful sort pulled clear of the remainder. Reasonably consistent in a hurdling career still spanning just eight starts - showing a likeable attitude on his way to three wins and three placings - Matchless should remain competitive from a BHA mark of 124 and is one to be interested in again back at Musselburgh.

Back Matchless @ 4.03/1 on Betfair Exchange

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Musselburgh NAP - 14:20 - Back Frere d'Armes

Frere d'Armes stepped up on the form of his reappearance when filling the runner-up spot at Ascot last time, passing the post just half a length behind the winner and leaving the impression he would have given that rival even more to think about but for a mistake three out.

Frere d'Armes is only 1 lb higher in the weights today and Triple Trade, who was two and a half lengths behind him at Ascot, gave the form a boost when winning at the same course next time.

A strong-travelling sort, Frere d'Armes needs to prove his stamina over this longer trip, but Musselburgh is a sharp track and the ground never gets too testing, so it's probably as good a place as any to try it.

Back Frere d'Armes @ 3.02/1 on Betfair Exchange

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