Turf Talk: Thirsk runs leave Bogart the one to beat at Musselburgh

Bogart in winning action at the 2011 York Ebor festival. PIC: John Giles/PA Wire
Bogart in winning action at the 2011 York Ebor festival. PIC: John Giles/PA Wire

Bogart can finally come good when he is sent into battle at Musselburgh.

Trainer Kevin Ryan has been left continually frustrated by the eight-year-old sprinter, who has not won a race since August 2013.

Trainer Kevin Ryan. PIC: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Trainer Kevin Ryan. PIC: Niall Carson/PA Wire

But his last two runs at Thirsk tend to suggest there is still enough fire in his belly to claim a small race like this five-furlong handicap. Bogart twice finished runner-up at the North Yorkshire circuit, but fortune has not been on his side. He could not do much more on both occasions, but simply bumped into better-handicapped horses in The Armed Man and, most recently, Memories Galore.

The Listed-winning son of Bahamian Bounty has been left alone by the handicapper on an appealing mark of 81 in what is hardly an epic encounter.

Quite where Ryan will go with Bogart if he takes a step backwards in Scotland is anyone’s guess, so he should be trying his heart out.

Magical Effect ought to go close in a seven-furlong handicap at Catterick.

Ruth Carr’s inmate has been in good order this month and tootled home in a race at Redcar on August 12. He was then stepped up in grade for the Silver Trophy at Ripon and did not let anyone down, finishing third behind Teruntum Star and Red Pike.

Nothing was finishing faster than Magical Effect so it makes perfect sense to give him another chance over this longer distance.

This assignment also looks considerably easier than the Silver Trophy.

Nine-year-old mare Whitecrest is respected when she returns to the fray on the Lingfield turf.

John Spearing’s honourable warrior won over course and distance in May and runs off the same mark of 71 in this 188Bet-sponsored handicap over six furlongs. Her form has been solid enough since that narrow Lingfield success and she did better than her finishing position might have suggested at Goodwood on Friday.

It is also good to see Luke Morris, who has won four times aboard Whitecrest, back in the saddle.

Trappy stuff on the Kempton Polytrack, but See You Mush might be worth a little interest in the concluding six-furlong handicap on the card.

The three-year-old gelding has been in decent order since he switched stables in April and was not beaten too far by Firesnake at Chelmsford last time.


CATTERICK: 1.50 Cool Spirit, 2.20 La Sioux, 2.50 Question Of Faith, 3.20 Magical Effect (next best), 3.50 Searanger, 4.20 Spirit Of Zebedee, 4.50 Mambo Dancer, 5.20 Foxtrot Knight.

KEMPTON: 5.55 Cosmopolitan Queen, 6.25 Esprit De Corps, 6.55 Diagnostic, 7.25 Miss Liguria, 7.55 Arctic Sea, 8.25 Nadaitak, 8.55 See You Mush (treble).

LINGFIELD: 1.40 Malcolm The Pug, 2.10 Goodnight Girl, 2.40 Indicia, 3.10 Freebe Rocks, 3.40 Whitecrest, 4.10 Chunkyfunkymonkey, 4.40 Ban Shoof, 5.10 Hermosa Vaquera.

MUSSELBURGH: 2.00 Three Saints Bay, 2.30 Billy Roberts, 3.00 Sakhalin Star, 3.30 BOGART (NAP), 4.00 Take A Turn, 4.30 Tectonic, 5.00 Suwaan.

WORCESTER: 4.35 Paddy’s Field, 5.05 West Wizard, 5.35 Katy P, 6.05 Amadeus Rox, 6.35 State The Obvious, 7.05 Amanto, 7.35 Turn Turk.