La Bacouetteuse is after more success in the feature race at Musselburgh
By Gordon Brown. Last Updated: 20/08/14 12:27pm
Fergal Lynch rides at Musselburgh
Course specialist La Bacouetteuse is after more success at his favourite track in the feature race at Musselburgh on Wednesday.
Iain Jardine's popular nine-year-old faces eight rivals as he bids for his sixth victory at the East Lothian venue in the Ray Hawthorne Memorial Handicap over two miles.
The borders trainer said: "He's stepping back up to grade 4 company but he was third in this race last year. He's been in really good form this season and very, very consistent.
"He ticks all the boxes for trip, track and ground and I'm looking for another very good account. His regular jockey David Allan is at York so Connor Beasley rides him for the first time - he's a strong jockey and he claims a handy 3lb which is a nice bonus.
"There is a front runner in the race so there will be a nice pace. One day we might even consider going back hurdling if we can find the right race at somewhere like Kelso."
Among those up against La Bacouetteuse are a trio of horses trained by Jim Goldie.
Caledonia, Merchant of Dubai and Aleksander are all course winners while the latter named is one of three rides for Fergal Lynch on his first visit to Musselburgh in six years.
The Irishman was granted permission to resume riding in Britain last week after admitting to stopping a horse from winning at Ripon in 2004 and supplying inside information.