Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Baron Next To Barnet After Scottish Sprint Draw

The draw has been made for this weekend’s William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup with 17 runners declared for the race. The 5-1 favourite Red Baron will start from stall 11. 

Red Baron is trained by Eric Alston and was second at York last time behind Monsieur Joe. He has shortened slightly to 5-1 from 6-1 since the first market went live on Monday.

However, the move of the week has been for Barnet Fair, who has been gambled in from initial odds of 12-1 to 7-1, with the money still coming in. Barnet Fair is trained by David Nicholls and is only 2lbs above his last winning mark, when he took the consolation race for the Steward’s Cup (32Red Cup) at last year’s Glorious Goodwood. He will race from stall 10 on Saturday, right beside Red Baron.

“Barnet Fair has been strongly backed all week. After an unlucky run at Epsom last weekend, there are plenty of punters rowing in again,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

There’s also been money for Online Alexander, who has been trimmed from 10-1 to 6-1. Last year’s winner Demora is back to defend her title and she is an 8-1 chance to score again.

The William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup is the most prestigious prize in the Musselburgh Racecourse calendar and this year’s race is worth £100,000 in prize money.

“The fast and furious five-furlong dash has attracted a very competitive line-up and the stage is set for a thrilling race in front of a sell-out crowd,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. 

William Hill have sponsored the feature contest on Ladies’ Day since 2013 and it is the richest race in Musselburgh’s fixture list. 

William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup: 5-1 Red Baron (STALL 11), 6-1 Online Alexander (STALL 15), 7-1 Barnet Fair (STALL 10), 8-1 Boom The Groom (STALL 2), Demora (STALL 7), 10-1 Fast Track (STALL 17), 14-1 Hawkeyethenoo (STALL 3), 16-1 Arctic Feeling (STALL 6), Caspian Prince (STALL 9), Kingsgate Choice (STALL 1), Masamah (STALL 8), 20-1 Confessional (STALL 12), Lexi’s Hero (STALL 13), Perfect Pasture (STALL 5), See The Sun (STALL 4), 25-1 Blithe Spirit (STALL 14), 33-1 Addictive Dream (STALL 16), (Each-Way ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4 - Non-Runner, Money Back)