Jebel Tara won at Southwell on Wednesday having landed a double over 7f here before that. He carries a double penalty today and that gives JUST THE TONIC every chance of turning the tables. Majorie Fife's charge was conceding 8lb to Jebel Tara when runner-up here three weeks ago but re-opposes on much better terms and also has the beating of Spread Boy. Music Festival has slipped to a winning mark judged on his efforts at the end of last season while and Edas is not out of this with a comeback run over track and trip under his belt.
Just The Tonic 4-1 (9-1) In touch, effort on inside over 2f out, kept on well, never able to challenge, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Jebel Tara (8-7) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Edas 15-2 (8-6) Held up, headway over 2f out, pressed for 2nd over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Staff Sergeant (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Jebel Tara 11-4fav (9-12) Raced wide close up, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs beating Mucky Molly (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Stormont Bridge 50-1 (9-12) Towards rear, ridden halfway, effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 16l behind Tom's Anna (8-9) at Catterick 7f mdn stks (5) gf.
Military Call 10-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 8th of 14, 20l behind Jordaura (9-10) at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Flipping 8-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 10l behind Economic Crisis (9-7) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Music Festival (USA) 4-1fav (8-13) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Mey Blossom (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Spread Boy (IRE) 22-1 (8-10) Towards rear, headway inside final 2f, ridden and stayed on well on outside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 5l behind Jebel Tara (9-2) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Artillery Train (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) Towards rear, ridden, running wide and struggling 3f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Hittin'the Skids (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.