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13:35 Musselburgh

Soft

Fitzdares “Auld Reekie” Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 2m 4f 68y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Fitzdares “Auld Reekie” Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

OUR TIP

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 142-43 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Two wins in last season's novice campaign (2m/2m4f, good to soft/soft), including a Grade 2, and he's run respectably in tough races on both starts this term; reverts to a handicap on a competitive mark; could go well.

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5

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Minella Drama

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Creditable third in this race 12 months ago but isn't sure to repeat the effort in this stronger renewal; possibly flattered when second in the Old Roan here on reappearance (numerous fences were omitted) and not in the same form since; bottom on ratings.

50/1

2nd

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Minella Drama

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

took keen hold, prominent, led before 6th

9/1

7th

1

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

13:40 Aintree

Minella Drama

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

led, not fluent 3rd

11/4

3/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 2P-213 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Improved form when comfortably winning at Carlisle (2m4f, good to soft) on reappearance and he did well to finish third at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) four weeks ago having made a bad mistake three out; has a progressive profile and this should take less winning than last time; key player.

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4

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

15:50 Perth

Coopers Cross

11st 5lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Second in last season's Scottish National off an 8lb higher mark but this season hasn't got going at all and there's no sign of him turning things around.

12/1

1

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Coopers Cross

11st 6lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

held up in rear, pushed along briefly and reminder after 9th

66/1

Form: 31-411 C

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Unexposed over fences and he was having his first British chase start when winning at Sedgefield (2m3f, good to soft) in October; followed up over this C&D (good to soft; made all) in November; he's up in the weights and in grade here but is in rude health and could produce another bold show.

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4th

10

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Half Shot

10st 11lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Won in fine style at Musselburgh (2m7f, soft) in November and is just 3lb higher today; however, he hasn't been at the same level on his three starts since and was pulled up last time; this 10yo needs to get back on track.

25/1

Form: 224-83

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

His jumping has lacked fluency and he's made mistakes on both runs this season but he did well to finish third of six at Kelso (2m1f, soft) last time and the step back up in trip looks a likely plus; well treated on last season's best efforts (2m3f-2m5f) and he could play a leading role.

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4th

4

8th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:20 Kelso

Pay The Piper

11st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Ann Hamilton

midfield, headway after 3 out, outpaced 2 out, no extra approaching last

5/1

2nd

1

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

14:05 Newcastle

Pay The Piper

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Course winner who is very well handicapped on form as recent as last spring but he failed to shine over fences in the autumn and it's been the same story over hurdles here the last twice; needs to get back on track.

8/1

Form: 50-236 C BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Won twice last winter (2m1f/2m, heavy/good to soft), including here, and he returned from a break with a good third at Ayr (2m, good to soft) in October; he's better than he showed at Kelso last time but, even if bouncing back to form, he may be vulnerable to stronger stayers at this trip.

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4th

3

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:50 Musselburgh

Cedar Hill

11st 10lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Ended last year with below-par C&D run (bled from the nose) and was beaten when falling over 2m4f here on New Year's Day; needs to get back in the groove but has very good chasing strike-rate (7-25) and his current mark is workable.

4/1

Form: 53-114

Last run: 51 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Won his first two starts this season (2m1f, good) and the form of his last-time-out fourth at Cheltenham (2m, good) is working out extremely well; also effective on soft ground and his chance hinges on whether he stays the trip; running well in second, albeit looked held, when falling two out in this race last year.

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6th

8

8th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:20 Kelso

Gold Des Bois

10st 12lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

prominent, weakened from 2 out

8/1

2nd

6

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

17:10 Kelso

Gold Des Bois

10st 13lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Below par on last three starts, including over C&D on middle outing; however, perhaps the heavy ground was too much and he has a good record here otherwise; significantly lower in weights than when twice finishing in the first three over C&D (soft/good to soft) in October; interesting candidate.

15/2

Form: 5P-435 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

10yo who has been regressive and, although he took a step back in the right direction over hurdles here last time, he didn't shape as though a win was imminent; 7lb out of the handicap now back over fences and others preferred.

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6th

1

16th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 4

14:45 Newcastle

Antey

12st 1lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

His mark continues to tumble but it's a long time since this 10yo posed a threat and others make greater appeal.

20/1

2

3rd Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

14:45 Musselburgh

Antey

12st 2lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Makes quick reappearance after struggling from out of the weights in good-quality 2m4f contest here on New Year's Day; will find this race easier but is patently not the force of old and others in this line-up have much more persuasive profiles.

25/1

7th

9

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

13:35 Musselburgh

Antey

10st 2lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

10yo who has been regressive and, although he took a step back in the right direction over hurdles here last time, he didn't shape as though a win was imminent; 7lb out of the handicap now back over fences and others preferred.

33/1

Form: 3-7512 D BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

10yo who has returned to form with these blinkers back on the last twice, winning at Newcastle (2m4f, good to soft) before a solid second behind a progressive winner at Sedgefield (2m5f, soft); there's still mileage in his mark based on his old form and he can give another good account.

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3rd

1

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

16:25 Hexham

Baron De Midleton

11st 6lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

prominent, pressed leader 2nd, good jump to lead 4th, went clear and going best 2 out, reduced lead home turn, headed last, weakened and lost second run-in

4/9

3rd

3

6th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

14:15 Catterick

Baron De Midleton

11st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Beaten favourite (behind Foveros) in similar event at Leicester in January, having made a bad mistake three out; respectable form in handicaps otherwise this year, third at Newcastle (2m1f, heavy) latest; leading chance provided he runs to his rating.

6/4

3rd

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Baron De Midleton

11st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

11yo who has a patchy profile nowadays and was a disappointing favourite in a claimer at Leicester last time, but he was travelling well when making a bad mistake three out and won a handicap at Market Rasen earlier last month; not discounted.

7/1

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Non-runners

Dubai Days, Baron De Midleton

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Payout
Exacta £101.00
Straight Forecast £100.40
Tricast £407.50
Trifecta £362.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Pay The Piper

The Times:

Minella Drama

D Express:

Half Shot

POSTDATA:

Cedar Hill

Telegraph:

Dubai Days

TOPSPEED:

Pay The Piper

Daily Mail:

Pay The Piper

Daily Mirror:

Pay The Piper

Daily Record:

Minella Drama

The Star:

Half Shot