Loader’s Lucky 15 – Monday, December 9

Only three race meetings on Monday. My EW Lucky15 picks will be coming from Musselburgh & Newcastle. Can we start the week with some winners?
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12.45 Musselburgh – Malystic

It was certainly frustrating for connections of Malystic when he made his hurdle debut at Market Rasen. He was travelled well into the race but unfortunately unseated Henry Brooke. Despite that fall he’s definitely one to consider today as his bumper form is really strong scoring twice as well as running in a Grade 2 at Aintree. If he can smooth out his mistakes he’s certainly a player and could be an attractive price.

1.15 Musselburgh – Benny’s Secret

Benny’s Secret won with some authority over course and distance on his previous. Despite being raised 7lb, he could be still well handicapped off 110. With Grant Cockburn claiming 3lb, I think he’s the one to beat today.

4.45 Newcastle – Lezardrieux 

The two-year-old is one of the only winners in the line-up. His victory came on his penultimate start at Gosforth Park, where he won going away. Even though he finished fifth last time out, he wasn’t disgraced against a slightly better bunch of rivals. I’m expecting this son of Due Diligence to go very close.

5.15 Newcastle – Blazing Dreams 

Ben Haslam can often be overlooked when it comes to Newcastle on the all-weather in the winter and often has a couple of horses that improve through the handicaps. This three-year-old could be one of those. Already a winner at the course he’s one a dangerous mark winning off 1lb lower in April. Despite not delivering over hurdles coming back on the flat could be the right move and I expect him to arrive late on the scene.