3:15 Musselburgh (26th October) Horse Racing Tips/Result

An EBF Maiden Stakes over 1m on good ground. A decent purse for this contest and fair sorts searching for that first win. Choisan has been a consistent juvenile, who in many way has been unlucky not to have got his head in front. In fact, in all of his recent runner-up placings he has been beaten less than two lengths. A big, strong colt, this son of Choisir is a free-running type. The problem with Easterby's juvenile is that he keeps finding one too good.

This race will probably be as tough as those races before and although he has place claims others may shine that little brighter today.

Brockwell made his debut in the same race as Choisan. This 70,000gns yearling, comes from a stamina-laden family. Tom Dascombe commented they thought this youngster had potential but was likely to be too inexperienced to do himself justice on debut. That was certainly the case and his problems originated from a tardy start. Kingscote gave this son of Singspiel a considerate introduction, which will see him well for this race today. After looking to have little chance, this chestnut colt ran on with great spirit, clawing back the deficit to a point that he may have claims to reverse that form over this mile. That initial start will see a much more professional two-year-old. Whether he will be outpaced - as seen at York - is a matter for debate; but I would suspect he will sit handy today.  This juvenile has win and place claims.

Star Date is not the biggest gelding, but an attractive horse. This son of Galileo is bay but looks almost black and looked very well in his coat on debut at Leicester. He was slow away from the stalls, taken to the rail at the back of the field, and given time to find his stride. He made pleasing headway in the final furlong, just missing out on a place in a blanket finish for minor honours. Butler's juveniles often improve for the race and Star Date wasn't hard pressed. The form of that race - beyond the easy winner - is difficult to assess but it was probably fair. He looks a straightforward horse and one for the short list.

It is interesting to see Hanagan is riding the Irish raider, Golden Halo. Trained by David Marnane, this son of Titus Livius cost 35,000gns as a yearling and a narrow loser last time at Roscommon in testing ground over 7f. It is difficult to assess this juvenile but he clearly looks to have enough ability to win a maiden and could be the horse to beat.

Conclusion: A tricky race to assess. Choisan is the proven form horse and sets the standard. He is a winner in waiting but has the knack of finding one too good. Brockwell is an interesting candidate. After struggling with inexperience, and insufficient trip, he flew at the finish suggesting this mile will be a significant factor in finding further improvement. If he can sit in a handy position, I can see this colt going well and holding win and place claims. Star Date is difficult to assess but a horse to respect as he will be primed for a big race today. He is a straightforward character who will not want for trying and although I would take a watching brief deserve respect. Golden Halo is probably the horse to beat with Hanagan booked to ride.

HCE: ''Choisan's front-running tactics proved to be an advantage at this course. This youngster finally attained his elusive win and well deserved too. Golden Halo was keen and ran well to finish in second, while debutante Sparkling Portrait hit the frame. Brockwell wasn't suited by the track nor the slow pace and would probably fair better on a straight course.''   

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