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Saturday’s ITV Racing tips – 130/1 each-way double at Musselburgh

Jonathan Vine 19 Apr 2019
Savalas (left) comes up just short of Encrypted (centre) in a huge handicap at York last summer.

Our expert takes a look at the two major races at Musselburgh on Saturday and teams his tips together into this each-way double with Boylesports on Saturday 20th April.

Queen’s Cup day at Musselburgh has become an extremely popular affair and the ITV Racing team will head north of the border to bring us the best of the action on Saturday afternoon. Our expert has taken a closer look at the two big races on Saturday’s card and combined his selections into this lucrative each-way double with Boylesports.

Saturday’s Each-Way Double




3:00pm Musselburgh Scottish Sprint Cup Handicap (Class 2) 5f


SAVALAS (NAP) may be one of the youngest horses in this competitive handicap sprint, but Kevin Ryan got plenty of experience into his gelding last year – running against his elders twice at the backend of the campaign – and he offers plenty of each-way value sitting on a double-figure price.

This son of Zebedee did his best work at the beginning of 2018, winning nicely on the all-weather at Wolverhampton before securing two further victories on turf. After lowering Lake Volta’s colours in the Tangarine Trees Conditional Stakes up at Hamilton, Savalas was narrowly headed in his quest for a four-timer at York, losing out to Encrypted by  a neck.

Results tailed off a little at the end of the season, but Savalas clearly goes well fresh and goes on all kinds of ground. An inside draw is often favourable here at Musselburgh and the fast-starting Soldier’s Minute – drawn on his immediate inside in stall one – should help carry Savalas into a handy position early on. Tom Eaves and Kevin Ryan are always a combination to be feared and Ryan’s sprinters have been in good form of late. I expect Savalas to challenge for the victory.

3:35pm Musselburgh Queen's Cup Stakes (A Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 1m6f


KELLY’S DINO has run to a decent level on the all-weather since returning to action this season. There’s no denying, however, that Karl Burke’s six-year-old is much more effective on turf and he’s thoroughly unexposed over this sort of trip.

Ben Curtis and his mount made the headlines at Ascot back in July, as Kelly’s Dino comfortable held off a quality field - including Atty Persse and Musselburgh rival, Austrian School – to win the JGR Handicap. Burke’s charge was slapped with a career-high mark of 95 following that win, but Kelly’s Dino proved himself worthy of such a rating with a fine performance in York’s Sky Bet Handicap, finishing third behind the impressive victor, Titus.

Kelly’s Dino stayed on gamely during the closing stages of both races and could be even better over this sort of trip. Last year, horses draw in the first four stalls occupied the places and I expect Curtis to be able to find the ideal early position after being drawn favourably in stall four. 9-0 is an attractive mark for a horse who remains open for improvement.


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Saturday’s ITV Racing tips – 130/1 each-way double at Musselburgh

Our expert takes a look at the two major races at Musselburgh on Saturday and teams his tips together into this each-way double with Boylesports on Saturday 20th April.

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