Musselburgh Preview - Friday 4 January
Richie McGrath is looking forward to his rides at Musselburgh on Friday starting with Rudemeister in the 32Red.com Beginners Chase.
Trained by Andrew Parker, the gelding won this time last year in a long-distance handicap hurdle at Catterick and is now set for his debut over fences at the East Lothian venue.
McGrath said: "I've schooled him at home and he jumps well. He's a nice type of horse and hopefully he will run a big race. I won on him at Catterick so I know he stays well."
The jockey gets the leg up next on bottom-weight Corky Dancer for the same trainer in the 32Red.com Handicap Hurdle.
He said: "He ran a decent race in fourth over two and a half miles at Musselburgh last time and he trying three miles for the first time. He should stay ok and the ground shouldn't be a worry."
McGrath's final mount is Biggar, named after a market town in Lanarkshire, and one of the newcomers in the 32red.com Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race.
"He's stoutly-raced but also a very nice type of horse," he said. "There are one or two with winning form in the race and he could have a bright future. The bumpers at Musselburgh are usually hotly-contested so we'll be hoping for the best."