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Music Master set to call the tune at Warwick

Warwick stage a marathon eight-raced card today, and Music Master looks a worthy odds-on shot in the 6f feature race (3.10).

The Henry Candy trained colt had some very smart for to his name last season after winning a Newmarket maiden in good style, including when an excellent fifth of 21 to Gale Force Ten in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Connections then decided to drop the son of Piccolo back down to 6f on his final start in the Group 3 Benbough Stakes, and he ran a cracker to finish a 3 1/2 length second of 15 to Tropics.

That effort suggested that Music Master would be a force to be reckoned with in sprints this season, and the four-year-old is officially rated 6lb and upwards clear of his rivals in this contest which also represents a significant drop in class.

Mark Johnton’s Heavy Metal has proved a major dissapointment since winning a Group 2 contest as a juvenile, but looks worth one last chance off a career-low mark to prove he is no lost cause in the 1m handicap (4.40).

The son of Exceed And Excel was rated 110 at one time but now races off just 82.

That makes the Heavy Metal look dangerously well-treated if returning to anything like his best, and it’s interesting that the four-year-old was well-supported at Lingfield last time out where he lost all chance with a slow start.

It suggests that connections believe the ability is still there to win races, and this represents the easiest task Heavy Metal has ever faced.

In the mile handicap (5.15), Hostile Fire looks potentially thrown-in at the weights on one line of form.

Ed de Giles’ gelding has only had five starts, and put up easily his best effort on his sole start on the turf when when sixth of 12 to Extremity in a 7f Newbury maiden which has thrown up a whole host of winners.

The runner-up Maxi T has won twice this year and is now rated 77, the third home Magnus Maximus has won twice since and is now rated 101 after landing a valuable sales race at Newmarket, and the fourth home Dutch Romance also scored next time up.

That is very strong form in the context of this contest, and makes Hostile Fire look on a very handy mark off just 58.

Selections:
2.10: Dinneratmidnight
2.40: Rigolleto
3.10: Music Master (NAP)
3.40: Crafty Exit
4.10: Captain Bob
4.40: Heavy Metal
5.15: Hostile Fire (NB)
5.45: Incurs Four Faults