By Gordon Brown
MUSSELBURGH regular Sarvi returns to the East Lothian venue as racing comes under starters orders again folllowing a six-day shutdown due to an outbreak of equine influenza.
And to mark the resumption of UK action the course management is offering free entry to all racegoers as well as complimentary buses, to and from, Newcraighall and Wallyford stations courtesy of Lothian Coaches.
Jim Goldie’s filly, who has been to the track for four of her five previous outings over timber, is one of four declared for the £11,800 Betway Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.
Her course form, all over two miles, reads pretty well as she chased home the smart Liva in November and then came third to the even more impressive Hannon on New Year’s Day.
Having raced at up to 1m 6f on the Flat, connections are hoping she can find more improvement as she tackles three miles for the first time.
The opposition to Sarvi includes Field Exhibition, a first runner at Musselburgh for Monmouthshire trainer Grace Harris. She was sent off favourite when runner-up at Ludlow last month under today’s rider Danny McMenamin.
Three-time champion jockey Richard Johnson has the mount on Saryshagann for David O’Meara in the Betway Maiden Hurdle.
Bred by the Aga Khan and useful at his best on the Flat, there is enough stamina in his pedigree to suggest this longer trip will sit on just his second outing over hurdles.
For more information contact Gordon Brown on 07850 258063 for Scottish Racing.