The Northern Lights Series Finals take place at Musselburgh today and if there is one horse that has been laid out for the Stayers’ contest (3.40pm), it might just be Off The Beat, who looks worth supporting.
The seven year old sprung a surprise 25-1 win on his second start for the yard, at Newcastle last January, the form of which would give him the winning of this off his current mark.
Things haven’t gone to plan since, but he ran pretty well off 113 over 2m4f on good ground in November and I liked the way he went through the race when fifth over this CD here on New Year’s Day, back on soft ground.
He ran in a second qualifier for this final at Kelso last time and wasn’t at his best, but the return to better ground could well see him in a different light over this trip, the handicapper continues to give him a chance and the yard’s horses are generally going well. They also run the 11yo Buckled in this, who has more than another ability to figure, but I think there are races in Off The Beat off this mark.
3.40pm Musselburgh – 1pt win Off The Beat @ 15/2 (William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral, Skybet, Boylesports)