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Matthew Sutcliffe’s Sky Bet Sunday Series Tips – Four Value Punts For Musselburgh

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It’s the return of the Sky Bet Sunday Series this weekend, as the ITV cameras head to Musselburgh for some hugely competitive racing. Our top value tipster Matty Sutcliffe has taken a look at the Flat card north of the border and picked out his best bets across the meeting.

Published: 3:10pm Friday, 19th April (Odds correct at time of publishing)

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3:45 Musselburgh – Sky Bet For The Fans Handicap (Class 4) (4yo+ 0-78) – Foreseeable Future 14/1 with Sky Bet 1pt WIN

FORESEEABLE FUTURE is one of just three course and distance winners in this race and the son of  Harbour Watch is now back on that last winning mark which came here in August. His first course start was in 2021 over a trip that stretches him (1m1f), but was still only beaten three lengths off 2lbs higher, so he’s capable of going well around here.  

He was well beaten at Catterick on seasonal return, but it was a similar case last season when beaten seven lengths before winning next time out. Interestingly, his subsequent record over five furlongs when beaten over six furlongs last time out (in the same season) reads 2314 which bodes well for Sunday, and his record in April won turf with a recent run reads 241, so he tends to peak  around this time.  

While he’s done the majority of his winning in class 5/6s, I wouldn’t be all that concerned with him  in this grade (C4) as he’s proven as recent as last Autumn that he’s capable of mixing it with higher rated types, such as when he was beaten two lengths in a Class 2 at Nottingham behind  two 78 rated types, with the winner rated 93. 

The excellent Joanna Mason takes the ride for the first time and she’s operating at a 17.95% strike rate for Ruth Carr (£11.00+) in the last twelve months, whose horses are running well enough in defeat (did have a four lengths winner at Thirsk under Mason).

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4:45 Musselburgh – Sky Bet Match5 Handicap (Class 5) (4yo+ 0-70)Black Friday 9/1 with Sky Bet 1pt WIN

Remarkably, 28 of the original 31 entries for this race were provisionally declared at 10:00 on Friday morning, meaning 14 of them didn’t make the cut. With multiple flat meetings already called off in the last couple weeks, it’s no surprise that combined with the lack of races of this nature early on in the season, just 5lbs separate the 14 declared runners in what’s likely to be a highly competitive race for a class five with some excellent prize money on offer for the grade. 

The stats bode well for BLACK FRIDAY, who’s unexposed over a mile with just four efforts, largely due to his occasionally keen going nature. His form figures read 4353 over the trip, but only beaten three lengths (x3) and a lengths posting RPR’s of 74, 78, 86 and 74, so his mark of 68  appears workable if able to run to near those pieces of form over a mile. Furthermore, since joining Mike Smith his record on seasonal debut reads 5322, beaten over a length just once which  was on debut, so we know he’s capable of going well fresh. Musselburgh can be somewhat of a horses for courses track, and Black Friday’s record here reads 331416265, so we know he handles the course. Also, his record in class five handicaps read 42325614142613 (3 wins, 5 places from 14 efforts).

With good ground and a favourable middle draw, should Black Friday settle from the front then the stats would suggest he has an excellent chance of going well his despite his advancing years.

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5:15 Musselburgh – Sky Bet Build A Bet Handicap (Class 4) (4yo+ 0-78) – Dark Jedi 6/1 with Sky Bet 1pt EW

When a horse plummets down the weights there’s naturally suspicion regarding whether it still loves the game and its job as a racehorse, and given DARK JEDI was rated 24lbs higher this time last year, that suspicion has arose. However, he wasn’t disgraced when consistently racing in class 2’s off a mark in the 90s last summer, and it was only when the cheek-pieces went on that  his form began to plummet, dropping 11lbs in seven runs with the aid. While he didn’t fair all that well at Thirsk on reappearance without cheek-pieces, he was previously 0-6 off a break, beaten  5L, 6L, 7L, 6L, 4L and 9L, so he hasn’t ever gone well fresh. However, he was off a mark of 77 there and it was the first time when fresh that his RPR has been higher than his OR, so technically that was his best effort fresh strictly going by ratings which may suggest the removal of those cheekpieces may prompt him to return to form, and the winner has also bolted up nine lengths  since. 

Tim Easterby won this contest in 2021 with a similar type who’d fallen down in the weights, and I just can’t get away from how well handicapped Dark Jedi has become. He’s an assured stayer and versatile regarding the ground, and his form here reads 3226. He’s up against some progressive and unexposed stayers here but should the removal of cheekpieces and that run behind him spark improvement, then he’d only have to run to half of the level he did at the start of last season to be competitive in here.

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6:15 Musselburgh – Sky Bet Request A Bet Handicap (Class 3) (4yo+ 0-95) – On A Session 12/1 with Sky Bet 1.5pt WIN

ON A SESSION took a Sunday Series race over C&D here last April off a 2lbs higher mark and looks  to have been laid out for this. He took his record on the all-weather to 0-12 when a tenderly  handled 11th at Newcastle last month and that’ll have put him spot on for this. He’s a dual course  and distance winner including in this grade in June ’22 beating course specialist Gweerdore, and  he carried 9-12/9-9 in both those wins, whereas he only carries 8-12 here. Those wins also came  from stalls 4/5 and he’s landed stall 5 once more, so everything appears to be well in place for  him to land back to back Sunday Series victories at Musselburgh.

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