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15:20 Musselburgh

Soft

Royal Caledonian Hunt Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £7406.56
  • 2m 7f 170y
  • Class 3
  • 6 runners
  • Win time: 6m 25s
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Royal Caledonian Hunt Handicap Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 3FP065

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Well handicapped on past exploits and he attracted market support when back over fences at Carlisle recently; however, he was again soundly beaten and lines up 7lb wrong at the weights today; plenty to prove.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

6

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:20 Market Rasen

Seemingly So

10st 13lb

J: Patrick Cowley

T: L J Morgan

pressed leader, hit 11th, ridden after 4 out, lost second 3 out, weakening when awkward jump last

10/1

15

26th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 3f 123y

Class 3

14:50 Market Rasen

Seemingly So

10st 2lb

J: Patrick Cowley

T: L J Morgan

Won low-grade event here in the spring (2m5f, good; first-time tongue-tie) but hasn't fired on recent outings and faces a tough assignment from 3lb out of the weights today.

50/1

4th

6

5th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 170y

Class 4

15:10 Musselburgh

Seemingly So

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: L J Morgan

Won over C&D (soft) in February and at Market Rasen (2m5f, good) in May; runner-up twice in a row this summer and he's on a competitive mark, but he's been well beaten the last twice and has to turn things around.

6/1

5/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 71/P23 BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Returned from a long absence in November and was a good second at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) on his second start back; fair third there since (2m3f, good to soft) and he won a point over 3m so today's step up in trip is worth a go; could play a leading role if seeing it out.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

8th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:50 Carlisle

Buster Valentine

11st 10lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Dual chase winner but not been at his best this season (last twice over hurdles); on a good mark and conditions suit; could go well.

10/1

5th

4

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

14:40 Market Rasen

Buster Valentine

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Useful chaser at his best but didn't fire on either start over fences this season and was unable to land a telling blow when back over hurdles last month; needs to turn a corner.

25/1

5th

9

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 3

15:50 Carlisle

Buster Valentine

11st 2lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Two-time hurdle winner who scored over fences at Wetherby last March; however, this 10yo has been below par in chases on his two outings this season and a return to form is needed.

25/1

Form: 16333P

Last run: 72 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Pulled up at Cheltenham last time out in December but that was a warm mares' handicap and she was kicked by another runner at the start; good third at Kelso (2m7f, soft) previously in a race that worked out well and it'll be no surprise if she's in the mix this afternoon.

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Verdict Starting price

8

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Methodtothemadness

10st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Finished with a flourish to win lower-grade version of this race a year ago and followed up in C&D match race a fortnight later; back down to a similar mark now but posed no threat behind Half Shot here in November, after a break, and has been off for another 65 days since.

11/1

6th

7

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

14:45 Musselburgh

Methodtothemadness

11st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Dual C&D winner in two small-field events last season; acts on good or slower; absent since may and has had wind surgery; goes well when fresh and should be competitive from this mark.

15/2

Form: P7-12P D BF

Last run: 73 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Pulled up at Newcastle in December and it's hard to be confident on the back of that; however, he lost a shoe and was progressive in these cheekpieces previously, with a win at Bangor and a good second at Ayr (both 3m, good to soft); has won on heavy ground; could bounce back with a big run.

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Verdict Starting price

4

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 30y

Class 5

14:50 Bangor-on-Dee

Dragonfruit

11st 13lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

prominent, lost position 5th, dropped to rear and niggled along briefly 6th, outpaced 8th, lost touch 10th

7/1

4th

3

9th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 2f 202y

Class 4

13:35 Sedgefield

Dragonfruit

11st 8lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

jumped right on occasions, led, overjumped 10th, headed 4 out, outpaced before 2 out, overjumped and pecked on landing 2 out, hung left and weakened approaching last

2/1

OUR TIP

Form: P22122 C BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Tired late on and was no match for the winner when runner-up over C&D (soft) last month; however, that was still a pretty good run and he was 2-2 at Musselburgh previously; makes more appeal than most of these.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

1

(2)

9th Mar 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 6

16:45 Newcastle (AW)

First Account

9st 8lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Keith Dalgleish

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, headway on outer from over 5f out, soon led and against rail, increased tempo over 3f out, pushed along when headed under 3f out, soon ridden and weakened

8/1

1

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:15 Carlisle

First Account

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Keith Dalgleish

towards rear, bad mistake 3rd, not fluent 5th

8/1

3rd

2

5th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 170y

Class 4

15:55 Musselburgh

First Account

11st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Keith Dalgleish

Possibly needed the run (back from 12-month absence) three weeks ago, eventually pulled up; scored twice off this mark here (hurdles/fences) in February 2020; likely player if back on song.

8/1

Form: -P155P D

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Won at Downpatrick (2m7f, good) last June for Padraig Roche; however, pulled up on final run for that yard on New Year's Eve and sold for £4,500 in January; the forecast soft ground may not be ideal on his stable debut.

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2

1st Sep 2022

Good To Firm

3m 3f 9y

Class 4

16:05 Sedgefield

Paris Texas

12st 0lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Jessica Bedi

held up in rear, mistake 5th, pushed along 9th, detached and eased when stumbled badly and pulled up quickly before 3 out, fatally injured

6/1

4th

6

19th May 2022

Good

3m 3f 123y

Class 4

15:40 Market Rasen

Paris Texas

11st 7lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Jessica Bedi

Ex-Irish 9yo; started off for Jessica Bedi with two disappointing runs this year but seemed to appreciate return to good ground when third to Railway Muice and The Very Thing here (3m, good; first-time tongue-tie) last month; tries a new trip today; must be considered.

8/1

3rd

3

17th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

17:21 Market Rasen

Paris Texas

11st 7lb

J: Mr Joe Wright

T: Jessica Bedi

Won at Downpatrick (2m7f, good) last June and possible positives today are the first-time tongue-tie and expected return to good ground; however, he's been pulled up/tailed off on his last three starts (the last two for this yard) and he has plenty to prove.

12/1

Form: 03561P D

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 10lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Won at Newcastle in December and can't be ruled out today, but this 12yo is inconsistent nowadays and was pulled up back at Newcastle last month, so it's hard to know what to expect.

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6

20th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Musselburgh

Scoop The Pot

10st 10lb

J: Alain Cawley

T: Ben Haslam

Won at Newcastle in December and can't be ruled out today, but this 12yo is inconsistent nowadays and was pulled up back at Newcastle last month, so it's hard to know what to expect.

10/1

14

16th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

15:15 Wetherby

Scoop The Pot

11st 0lb

J: Alain Cawley

T: Ben Haslam

Veteran; showed there's still fire in his belly when scoring at Newcastle (2m7f, good) in December but he underlined his inconsistency when running no sort of race over same C&D next time; vulnerable to younger legs.

20/1

9

8th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

13:23 Newcastle

Scoop The Pot

11st 8lb

Won by a nose over C&D one month ago, having taken the same race (on soft) 12 months earlier; back up 4lb but had a solid enough sequence last winter for him to remain firmly in the mix.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £112.00
Straight Forecast £102.70
Trifecta £471.00

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The Star:

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Daily Record:

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