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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Thursday Preview – Wilcos Mo Chara Can Prove Punter’s Pal

In the Forth One Boogie In The Morning Handicap Hurdle (3.30) at Musselburgh on Thursday, Wilcos Mo Chara should appreciate returning to a sharp track and can make a winning handicap debut. Donald McCain’s 7-year-old could only finish fourth of ten, beaten 25 lengths, behind Smooth Stepper at Sedgefield on Boxing Day, but with the winner going in again on his handicap debut, in this grade, at Wetherby a week later, the form looks better than it did at the time.

Indeed, Smooth Stepper won quite convincingly off an opening handicap mark of 120, so it appears that Wilcos Mo Chara, who was conceding 12lb at Sedgefield, is reasonably treated off a handicap mark of 113. The Oscar gelding won a ‘bumper’ over course and distance, on the prevailing good going, at the start of last season and is reunited with Jason Maguire, who’s ridden him to both victories under rules, so makes plenty of appeal at 9/2 with Sky Bet in the early price lists.

Obvious dangers appear few and far between. Claude Carter is still 6lb higher than when winning in 0-105 company over course and distance in January and was subsequently beaten 20 lengths over 2 miles 4 furlongs here and it’s difficult to make a convincing case for any of the others.

Selection: Musselburgh 3.30 Wilcos Mo Chara to win (9/2 with Sky Bet)

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