Turf Talk scores a nice double

Saturday was a tremendous day for followers of this article’s selections, with our best bet, the Roger Varian trained Suhaila winning a tough 15-runner handicap at 6/1, and other selection Gusto winning the Listed race on the Doncaster card at 8/1, providing yet more profit for a very good October.

We focus our attention on Wednesday towards Musselburgh, a place that can be often quite tricky to predict, and another place in the north where a can of worms can often be opened to financially disastrous consequences! Haydock offers its first jump card of the year, and there is also racing on the flat in the afternoon at Nottingham and in the evening at Kempton Park.

A horse who has probably been one of the most unlucky this season is CHOISAN for trainer Tim Easterby. The son of sprint sensation Choisir has ran a whopping nine times as a two year old but has still to break his maiden tag. However, he has five 2nds, a 3rd and two 4ths on the record, showing that there is definitely ability there. He has finished behind some very smart horses too, including Zakreet, Gabriels Star and group horse Lilbourne Lad. He tries a mile for only the second time, after previously finishing second to a exciting horse of John Gosden’s in Deia Sunrise. If things were to fall his way, he is surely in with a chance, in what looks like on paper, a poor maiden.

BEAT THE SHOWER is another horse who has shown tenacity in northern handicaps. He disappointed when upped in trip to 2m 2f at York, still managing to finish a game fourth, beaten only five lengths by Orsippus, a horse with good form in the book. Before that he finished first twice, and a second and a third running in 2 mile handicaps, going up 9lb in the handicap in the process. The gelding may have more to offer and is currently thriving. Mark Johnston has a couple of entries that could prove to be a threat if getting the breaks but the Peter Niven trained gelding looks a good thing to get into the frame.

Robin Bastiman is a trainer most associated with sprinters in recent years, with the likes of Singeur and Borderlescott grabbing the headlines. Whilst NOVALIST isn’t of that quality, he looks a sprinter going places and with the level of form he has a class 6 handicap looks well within his grasp. He had a win and a second under his belt from the fibresand at Southwell, before heavy ground at Carlisle appeared to prove a problem. Back after a break, he could be worth another chance. Three horses that finched behind him on his last win have come out and won and he can give the stable another success over the minimum trip.

3.50 Musselburgh - Beat the Shower (Nap)

2.40 Musselburgh - Novalist

3.15 Musselburgh - Choisan