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Musselburgh trip should yield four-time triumph for Dr Irv
North Yorkshire owner Irvine Lynch makes a 400-mile round trip to Scotland today hoping to carry off the cash in the feature race at Musselburgh with his namesake.
Dr Irv, trained at Middleham by Philip Kirby, tackles the £10,000 Batleys Cash And Carry Handicap over two miles and promises to be the one to beat in the hands of regular rider Declan Cannon.
Lynch, who lives near Helmsley, has already seen Dr Irv win three times this season, including once over this course and distance. The gelding’s latest success came at his owner’s local Thirsk course when he got the better of Rosairlie after travelling throughout like the best horse in the race.
Dr Irv has climbed in the ratings and has gone up a total of 17lb since the beginning of the campaign. He runs off a mark of 79 today and has top weight to carry, but such is the progressive profile of Dr Irv that he may be able to make Lynch’s long drive pay off.
Westow trainer Paul Midgley sent out Summer Dancer to win on this card 12 months ago and it would be no surprise to see an encore in the opening Bentleys Foodservice Handicap.
The mount of Paul Mulrennan, Summer Dancer was beaten only a neck on this course a fortnight ago.
The nap selection in Scotland is the speedy Kirtling Belle, a winner at Newcastle last time out, in the Best One Nursery.
David Barron, whose horses are in excellent form, sends Fieldgunner Kirkup to his local Thirsk track tomorrow and the gelding, at his best with give in the ground, has plenty going for him in the Anderson Barrowcliff Centenary Handicap, which he won last year.
Tim Easterby has a potentially useful juvenile in See The Sun, who is napped to win the thirskracecourse.net Nursery.
2.10 Summer Dancer, 2.40 Black Treacle, 3.10 Dr Irv, 3.40 Kirtling Belle (NAP), 4.10 Seattle Drive, 4.40 Our Diane, 5.10 Bayan Kasirga, 5.40 Tom Sawyer.
Today other meetings: Brighton and Wolverhampton.
2.10 See The Sun (NAP), 2.40 Absconder, 3.10 Mount Tiger, 3.40 Fieldgunner Kirkup, 4.10 Princess Loulou, 4.45 Perfect Heart, 5.15 Next Edition.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Chepstow, Stratford and Yarmouth.
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