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14:45 Musselburgh

Soft

Watch On Racing TV Handicap Hurdle (Go North Cab On Target Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £5064.78
  • 2m 3f 171y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 5m 8s
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Watch On Racing TV Handicap Hurdle (Go North Cab On Target Series Qualifier)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £30.10
  • Place: £9.20

Form: 5P/954

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Flat and hurdle winner for Ian Williams but he's been tailed off on his three runs for this yard (one over hurdles, two over fences); a dramatic revival is required.

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8th

3

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 2f 40y

Class 5

14:35 Taunton

Idilico

11st 6lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Alexandra Dunn

Runner-up in selling handicap hurdle last month but well beaten on the Flat twice since, and his record over fences is not convincing; blinkers fitted for first time since 2021; too risky.

16/1

10th

6

(7)

18th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 6

12:16 Lingfield (AW)

Idilico

9st 11lb

J: David Probert

T: Alexandra Dunn

towards rear, headway and prominent after 4f

16/1

OUR TIP

11/4

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 54-561 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Returned from some time off over C&D (good to soft) a fortnight ago and capitalised on a much-reduced mark; having struggled in the first half of last year he needs to confirm his revival is no one-off, but he remains well treated back up 4lb and is now 3-5 at Musselburgh; also effective on soft.

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6th

7

(3)

3rd Sep 2022

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

17:45 Thirsk

Im To Blame

8st 13lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Keith Dalgleish

took keen hold, prominent, led after 1f, went clear after 3f, much reduced lead over 7f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, eased

20/1

4

(12)

30th Aug 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

16:45 Ripon

Im To Blame

9st 10lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Keith Dalgleish

A fairly useful winner over hurdles but he's yet to translate that form to this sphere; tried in a hood when only ninth in 2m Newcastle handicap 38 days ago; tumbling in the weights but still needs to show more.

14/1

9th

7

(12)

23rd Jul 2022

Standard To Slow

2m 0f 56y

Class 6

17:03 Newcastle (AW)

Im To Blame

9st 1lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Keith Dalgleish

held up in rear, some headway 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out

12/1

Form: 4-1122 CD BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 12st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Kicked off campaign with two wins in a row here and he's continued in good form to finish second over C&D the last twice (including on soft), most recently behind I'm To Blame; he's a key player once more.

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9th

14

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Diamond State

11st 0lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Below best on final two runs in last season's chase campaign and, after wind surgery, didn't offer much on return to hurdling for two starts this autumn; all his three wins have been at this track but he now has questions to answer.

33/1

8th

8

8th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Diamond State

10st 8lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Below best over fences on final two runs last season and didn't offer much on return to hurdling 20 days ago, though the ground was heavy (handles soft); on a dangerous mark but with questions to answer at the minute.

12/1

Form: 112 CD

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Won Catterick bumper (1m7f, good) on debut in November and followed up in maiden hurdle over this C&D (good to soft); well-beaten second at Catterick (2m3f, good) subsequently but the winner is useful and this unexposed 6yo could prove to be better than his opening mark.

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6th

6

23rd Mar 2022

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

15:55 Haydock

River Walk

11st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won Catterick bumper (1m7f, good) on debut in November and followed up in a maiden hurdle at Musselburgh (2m4f, good to soft); better form in defeat twice at about 2m4f since, latterly when fourth of seven on handicap debut at Musselburgh (soft); has big step up in trip; needs to improve and there's been a raw look to him, so it could be possible.

7/2

4th

4

20th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

14:45 Musselburgh

River Walk

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won Catterick bumper (1m7f, good) on debut in November and followed up in maiden hurdle over this C&D (good to soft); well-beaten second at Catterick (2m3f, good) subsequently but the winner is useful and this unexposed 6yo could prove to be better than his opening mark.

9/4

2nd

2

26th Jan 2022

Good

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:40 Catterick

River Walk

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Unbeaten in bumper here (good) and maiden hurdle at Musselburgh (2m4f, good to soft; odds-on) towards the end of 2021; the bare form of those runs looks just fair but he has shown clear signs of inexperience and could be open to plenty of improvement; respected.

5/2

Form: 71-345

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Some fair efforts over fences this season, albeit soundly beaten here last time when his jumping lacked fluency; won twice over hurdles at Kelso last term (2m/2m2f, soft/good) and reverts to this discipline off a mark 2lb lower than for the second of those wins last April; capable of big run.

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6th

4

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:25 Newbury

Bollingerandkrug

11st 9lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Won four times at favourite course Kelso last year (2m1f, good to soft/soft) and is just 2lb above his last winning mark; however, he's been well beaten over this C&D and at Musselburgh the last twice.

25/1

6th

1

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:50 Musselburgh

Bollingerandkrug

11st 13lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Enjoyed productive 2023, winning four 2m1f chases at Kelso (good to soft-soft); will find this easier than latest assignment at Newbury but is away from his happy hunting ground again today and remains on a career-high mark.

5/1

5th

5

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 2

15:25 Newbury

Bollingerandkrug

10st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Things have clicked this year and he's won at Kelso on four of his last five starts (2m1f, soft/good to soft); has a progressive profile and further improvement is possible, but he goes up in grade at a different track today and will need to be better than ever to complete a four-timer.

10/1

Form: 571205 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

There's a doubt about her on the forecast soft ground but this Northern Irish challenger was a fair fifth over 2m at Newcastle last time and she could build on that now back up in trip, having won over 2m4f in September.

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2nd

4

1st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 50y

15:50 Tipperary

Deo Bellator

10st 8lb

J: Aileen O’Sullivan

T: S Michael Millar

in rear, detached after 1st, left in remote second after 5 out, tailed off

100/1

9th

7

8th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 100y

17:12 Kilbeggan

Deo Bellator

11st 5lb

J: Aileen O’Sullivan

T: S Michael Millar

midfield

16/1

7th

3

28th Aug 2023

Good

2m 3f 55y

16:55 Downpatrick

Deo Bellator

11st 8lb

J: Aileen O’Sullivan

T: S Michael Millar

Long-priced 3m Kilbeggan handicap hurdle winner last year; struggling this season; makes no appeal.

33/1

Form: 521-P6

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 8yo who won Perth novice hurdle (2m, good) last April and could appreciate today's return to hurdling, having struggled this season on his first two chase starts (coughed at Kelso and bled from the nose at Catterick); however, a major turnaround is required; unproven on soft ground.

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11

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 210y

Class 2

15:22 Carlisle

Coolkill

10st 2lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Sandy Thomson

10yo who is lightly raced for his age and travelled well to win by 3l at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft); he's 6lb higher against much tougher opponents today, but he looked promising earlier in his career and is not discounted.

13/2

1st

2

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 5

16:20 Musselburgh

Coolkill

11st 11lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Travelled well when runner-up here (2m7f, good to soft) in December then faded into fourth here (2m7f, soft) last month; this drop back in trip could be the right move and he's on the shortlist.

4/1

Form: 25/6P0

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Has travelled from Northern Ireland and he won a point in 2019, but he returned from a long absence last May and has struggled over fences on his three starts since; makes his hurdle debut today and has plenty to prove.

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2nd

10

28th Aug 2023

Good

2m 3f 55y

16:55 Downpatrick

Nabraska

10st 9lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: S Wilson

in rear early, midfield after 5th

8/1

8

5th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 5

15:25 Musselburgh

Nabraska

10st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: S Wilson

Irish challenger; still a maiden under rules but showed positive signs with third-place finishes at Downpatrick (2m3f/2m7f) on last two appearances; heed the market signals on return from five-month break.

7/1

3rd

11

16th Sep 2022

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

16:45 Downpatrick

Nabraska

10st 0lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: S Wilson

took keen hold, in rear early, in touch with leaders before 6th, pushed along when not fluent 4 out, headway after 3 out, went second before 2 out, ridden and no chance with winner after last, lost second run-in

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £818.00
Straight Forecast £684.50
Tricast £1996.30
Trifecta £3388.00

Selections

The Sun:

River Walk

SPOTLIGHT:

Diamond State

Daily Express:

Coolkill

The Star:

River Walk

Daily Record:

River Walk

Daily Mail:

Diamond State