I did tell members the 4.15 at Musselburgh would not take much winning. That it was worth taking a chance on the only newcomer in the field of 8 runners.
Algar Lad went off as a 20-1 shot given little hope of winning by Graham Cunningham and the team analysing the race beforehand.
The Richard Fahey trained favourite called Anderton was being backed as though defeat was out of the question.
But this is what I said to members the night before the race:- “So do we fancy taking on a favourite in this race? I do… and I would do so with the only newcomer in the field. This is not a quality race and it will not take much winning. Maybe, just maybe, the quite well bred Algar Lad could win first time out for trainer Jim Goldie and with a good jockey in the saddle. Related to winners Gin Twist and Silver Fling, I am prepared to take a chance.”
I had my doubts when Algar Lad came out of the stalls a few seconds after the rest of the field. But Graham Lee is a good jockey and he put the newbie into the race, all the time looking for a gap that would allow him to squeeze Algar Lad through the field. Once clear, Algar Lad romped home looking more like a 2-1 shot than a 20-1 winner.
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