Rightful Heir the one to beat in today’s Class 1 at Muswellbrook

An attractive racing pattern will give Rightful Heir a good chance of winning the final race at Muswellbrook on Monday for trainer Scott Singleton.

The Scone horse is only having his seventh run at his third preparation and takes his place in a Class 1 Handicap (1280m) after a pretty consistent last preparation.

Singleton said the four-year-old son of Mossman had a great 18-week spell and goes into Monday’s race off no trial but the natural speed horse is ready to roll.

Scott Singleton is confident Rightful Heir can produce first up.Source:News Corp Australia

“He’s spelled well. He went out in good order and has come back in good order,” Singleton said.

“He’s come back in a little stronger this time and looks better, too.”

Rightful Heir has barrier five with regular rider Billy Cray on board and he should be able to sit in behind the leaders in third or fourth spot.

Singleton wants him to build on what he did last time in which featured a nice on-speed win at Armidale.

“He got a bit of consistency about him last time in and I expect him to win another race again this preparation,” he said.

“He goes forward and he’s honest, so he’s going to be in the mix.”

At the other end of the spectrum, Singleton races stayer Opal Glory in the opening race over 2300m.

He’s unplaced in six runs, but that doesn’t reflect his form and he’s run some nice unplaced races since having a four-week freshen up over the Christmas period.

The three-year-old, by Olympic Glory, has only got up to 1600m so far in his short career and two runs back over that trip at Tamworth he ran just over a length off the winner.

“He’s been looking for a trip, but they’re hard to find when they’re maidens,” Singleton said.

“His run two back was good and last start he was a bit handier in the run and they walked and sprinted, which didn’t suit him.

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Matthew Dunn is looking forward to unveiling Best Ever at Ballina.Source:AAP

Best Ever was considerably cheaper, Darby Bloodstock bought the colt off previous owner/breeder John Singleton for just $50,000 when he was posted at the Inglis Online Sale in November 2020.

Best Ever was sold after just two runs for ‘Singo’ and trainer Peter Moody, winning on debut at Pakenham then, 18 days later, clocking in last of 14 at the Valley.

Best Ever is now stationed at Murwillumbah with Matthew Dunn who has found his welcome recruit an eminently winnable race on Monday.

“It is a nice easy place to kick him off,’’ Dunn said.

“Obviously we will look to go to better races than where he is going on Monday eventually but it is a nice easy target first-up and build on from there.

“He is a lovely horse to look at and he’s done everything right since coming here.

“He was strong through his trial, he trialled a bit fresh perhaps, so should settle a bit better on race-day with that under his belt.’’

Naturally, Dunn was only too pleased to roll out the red carpet for Best Ever given his regard not only for More Joyous but also for Snitzel.

“I was with Gerald (Ryan) when we bought Snitzel from right through until he retired,’’ Dunn recalled.

“I haven’t had enough Snitzels because I can’t afford to buy them but I have had a few. Lots of his colts have got similar attitudes to him when he was in work.

“Snitzel was a fairly relaxed horse in a lot of ways but in other ways he was a little bit difficult.’’

Originally published asMuswellbrook preview: First-up Heir ready to roll

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