Racing fans will find just the tonic when Scotland’s fastest horse race gets underway on Saturday (9 June) at The Edinburgh Gin Scottish Sprint Cup Race Day at Musselburgh Racecourse.
The seven card meeting boasts £170,000 prize money and is under starter’s orders at 1.55pm with the £25,000 Edinburgh Gin’s Seaside Gin Handicap over 1m and 4 furlongs and which, along with the feature race, will be televised live on ITV4.
Newmarket trainer William Haggas has a decent record at Musselburgh (36 per cent) and the eye is drawn to his two entries Humble Hero and Reverend Jacobs. The former was a close second at Chester's prestigious May meeting while the latter landed a handicap at York's Dante Festival three weeks ago.
The £100,000 Edinburgh Gin Scottish Sprint Cup, run over five furlongs, has attracted some of the country’s top sprint handicappers with 37 runners to be whittled down to a maximum 17 field.
Yorkshire handler Paul Midgley has pencilled in no less than six entries including last year's hero Line Of Reason who prevailed by a neck under Joe Fanning at 11/1. Caspian Prince, fourth in last year’s event and the top-rated horse on a BHA mark of 106, represents Leicestershire handler Mick Appleby, who won the 2014 Scottish Sprint Cup with Demora, while Scottish interest surrounds Iain Jardine's Mayleaf Shine, Keith Dalgleish's El Hombre and Jim Goldie-trained pair Oriental Lilly and Tommy G.
Last Saturday's course and distance scorer Merhoob is trained in Newmarket by John Ryan but carries the colours of Morningside-based Gerry McGladery. Four-time Musselburgh winner Royal Brave, who gained the most recent of his course and distance victories on May 4, is likely to bid to extend his tremendous strike-rate for Wetherby trainer Rebecca Bastiman.
In the 4.20 Edinburgh Gin Distillery Tour Handicap, last year's 1, 2, 3 - Great Fighter trained by Jim Goldie and Kensington Star and Sebastian's Wish, both trained by Keith Dalgleish, are all entries for the £25,000 race run over 1m 7f.
Following on from last week’s Stobo Castle Ladies Day which attracted a 10,000 capacity attendance, the East Lothian track expects another bumper crowd.
Musselburgh Racecourse general manager, Bill Farnsworth, said: “With £170,000 prize money on offer and the thrill of the always popular Edinburgh Gin Scottish Sprint Cup, there will be a lot of quality on show and that will appeal to racing fans.
“With some decent weather, another healthy attendance on Saturday would be a great result following the success of last week’s sell-out race day and we will be pulling out the stops to make it a day to remember.”
Horse racing fan and tennis matriarch Judy Murray will be a guest of the racecourse on Saturday and will co-present the Edinburgh Gin Scottish Sprint Cup to winning connections.
There is still time to take advantage of Early Bird admission with a £5 price reduction on tickets purchased before midnight on 8 June, while children aged 17 and under go free when accompanied by an adult.
The last race at 5.30pm is followed by an After-Racing Party with entertainment provide by DJs Fleur East from the Funkwagen.