Musselburgh preview: Quito can cash-in on class drop
David Metcalf | December 7, 2015
Quito Du Tresor has a good record at Musselburgh and can take advantage of a drop in class to further enhance it with victory in the 2m 4f handicap chase on today’s card (13.15).
Punters should be keen on Quito
The Lucinda Russell trained gelding is at his best on right-handed tracks, and has won three and been placed three times in 14 starts at the venue.
In the last of those successes back in January, Quito Du Tresor held on well to bear Riskier by 1 1/2 lengths in a class 3 contest off a mark of 120.
The 11-year-old was then far from disgraced when third to Ifandbutwhynot in a similar grade affair at the track off a revised rating of 123, but it’s fair to say that Quito was then not been at his best in his next six starts despite finishing in the frame on two occasions.
However, there was much more to like about his latest effort over course and distance last month when keeping on well to go down by 3 1/4 lengths to the smart Village Vic in a class 3 contest.
Although Quito Du Tresor has been raised 5lb for that effort, his current mark of 116 is still 4lb lower than when last successful.
The son of Jeune Homme also now drops down into class 4 company, and everything suggests this is a great opportunity for Quito Du Tresor to get back to winning ways.
Sirpertan set to fire for Fife
In the 2m handicap hurdle (12.45), Sirpertan looks weighted to open his account over the obstacles following an eye-catching run on seasonal reappearance.
This Marjorie Fife trained gelding has only had five starts over hurdles, and shaped well on the first of those when keeping on to finish a 12 1/4 length fourth of 12 to Relentless Pursuit at Wetherby.
The winner, second and third are now rated 110, 110 and 95 respectively and the fifth and sixth home 98 and 102.
That suggests Sirpertan is potentially well-treated off a rating of just 95, and the the four-year-old shaped far better than his finishing position suggests on return to action at Sedgfield when seventh of 14 to Toola Boola.
After being held-up well off the pace travelling strongly, Sirpertan kept on nicely under a kid glove ride to be beaten just over 14 lengths.
It was an effort which suggested his current mark was exploitable, and with that run under his belt Sirpertan should be spot on to do himself justice.
12.45: Sirpertan (NB)
13.15: Quito Du Tresor (NAP)
13.45: Arctic Court