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14:45 Musselburgh

Soft

Fitzdares New Year Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 1m 7f 182y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Fitzdares New Year Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.38
  • Place: £1.20

Form: -U7331 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 12st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish 9yo who looked back in prime form when winning readily by 8l at Catterick (1m7f, soft) on Wednesday, his third start for Ben Haslam; obvious contender under 7lb penalty if in similar mood here.

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8

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

Arthurs Quay

10st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Landed a hat-trick over shorter trips last winter (the second leg was here) and has also scored at Cartmel (2m5f) in July and Catterick (2m3f) in November on his last two outings; up another 4lb and in class but he's going great guns.

16/1

1st

2

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 3

13:50 Catterick

Arthurs Quay

11st 13lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

prominent, left in second 3rd, pressed leader going best 2 out, ridden to lead approaching last, good jump last, kept on well run-in, pushed out

11/2

5/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 23-462

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

0-6 over hurdles but ran big race in defeat on chasing debut at Fakenham (2m, good) in November, looking likely winner until succumbing to a strong-finisher close home; moves up in grade here but should be okay on the slower ground (gained her Irish point win on soft to heavy); shortlisted.

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9th

6

10th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 188y

Class 5

18:20 Sedgefield

Moore Clouds

11st 2lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Andrew Wilson

Dual chase winner last season, latterly off today's mark here (2m1f, good to soft) on Boxing Day; not in same form when well-held third at Market Rasen last month, though, and this switch back to hurdling is not ideal.

16/1

3rd

3

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 43y

Class 5

16:00 Market Rasen

Moore Clouds

11st 8lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Andrew Wilson

disputed lead, led 2nd, headed before 3 out, soon lost ground, weakened from 2 out

6/1

6th

2

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 145y

Class 5

14:35 Catterick

Moore Clouds

12st 0lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Andrew Wilson

Fortunate to win at Sedgefield (2m1f, good to soft) on Boxing Day, as the runner-up appeared to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory; remains in form but looks no certainty to follow up; faller in this race last year.

9/4

Form: 19-033 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Won Kelso novice hurdle last spring (2m, good) and was placed in two handicap hurdles in the autumn (2m5f, good to soft/2m, soft); tongue-tie fitted for today's chasing debut; interesting to see how he fares.

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6th

5

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 4

14:45 Kelso

Limerick Leader

10st 11lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Yet to score over fences but he got back on track in a change of headgear (visor replaced cheekpieces) when second of nine in 2m4f handicap chase at Musselburgh three weeks ago; he needs to back it up with visor again sported.

2/1

2nd

1

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 5

16:20 Musselburgh

Limerick Leader

12st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Now 8lb lower than when going close at Newcastle (2m4f, good) last May and he's also effective on soft ground; however, his subsequent form hasn't come up to scratch and a revival is needed in a chance of headgear.

16/1

Form: 5/2-55 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Very well handicapped on old form and returned from long absence with encouraging run at Kelso (2m1f, good to soft) in October; needs to bounce back from a poor run at Doncaster in November but can't be ruled out.

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6th

1

23rd May 2023

Good

1m 7f 133y

Class 4

20:20 Hexham

Lake Takapuna

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: James Ewart

prominent

5/2

5

10th May 2023

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:30 Kelso

Lake Takapuna

10st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: James Ewart

Capitalised on a reduced mark at Ayr (2m, soft) in February but not as good since and he inherited his close third back at Ayr last time (on good) in what was an eventful race; others appeal more.

7/1

3rd

5

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

16:55 Ayr

Lake Takapuna

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: James Ewart

12yo who capitalised on a reduced mark over C&D (soft) last month; still very well treated on older form and will be suited by today's forecast quicker ground but his run at Newcastle three weeks ago was disappointing.

8/1

Form: B365-3

Last run: 38 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Chase and dual hurdle winner when trained in France but has failed to make a splash in Britain and finished a remote last of three finishers at Ayr yesterday.

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2nd

2

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 135y

Class 4

14:00 Fontwell

Fix At All

12st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

jumped right on occasions, prominent, lost position but in touch with leaders 4th, went third again 10th, kept on and went second run-in, no match for winner

7/2

Form: 5642/F D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Absent for over two years after his second at Hexham (1m7f, good) in October 2020 but was in process of running well before crashing out at first fence in straight here (2m4f, good to soft) in November; not sure to be suited by today's slower ground but remains well handicapped on old form.

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6th

3

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 5

16:30 Hexham

Jimmy Rabbitte

11st 9lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Hasn't won since 2019; on a fair mark now but has a bit to make up with Master Breffni on recent Carlisle form (2m3f, soft).

10/1

5th

6

30th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

17:25 Carlisle

Jimmy Rabbitte

11st 2lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Stuck on a lengthy losing run but hasn't been far away in any of his last four races (2m4f-3m); however, goodish ground is ideal and softer looks troublesome.

12/1

Form: 7511-1 C

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Started off in handicap hurdles with two 2m4f course wins last season (good/soft) and completed his hat-trick when switched to fences here (2m4f, good to soft) six weeks ago; needs to prove he can cope with today's drop in trip but could still have significant further improvement to come.

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1st

3

5th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

15:05 Musselburgh

Hold Onto The Line

11st 11lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: James Ewart

led, set good pace, jumped slightly left 2nd

9/2

Form: 027-13 BF

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 7yo who made all to beat two rivals on seasonal/chase debut at Market Rasen (2m1f, good to soft) in October and also ran well when close third at Catterick (1m7f, good to soft) the following month; today's forecast slower ground is a slight concern, though.

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5

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

16:10 Ayr

Snowy Clouds

11st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Won on chase debut at Market Rasen (2m1f, good to soft) last October and, after his third at Catterick (1m7f, good to soft), he's posted easy wins the last twice (1m7f/2m1f, good/good to soft); this is tougher than Market Rasen 12 days ago but he's ahead of the handicapper under a 7lb penalty.

9/4

1st

3

9th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 43y

Class 4

15:54 Market Rasen

Snowy Clouds

11st 13lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Won chase/seasonal debut over C&D (good to soft) in October; close third next time and made a big leap forward when winning by 16l in a seven-runner novice handicap at Catterick (1m7f, good) two months ago; kept away from soft ground this term; lightly raced 7yo who's up 8lb but that may underestimate him.

Evs

1st

1

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 145y

Class 5

15:10 Catterick

Snowy Clouds

12st 1lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Won on his chase and seasonal debut at Market Rasen (2m1f, good to soft) in October and close third of six over this C&D (good to soft) since; this lightly raced 7yo could have more to offer and holds solid claims.

7/2

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Non-runners

Antey, Hold Onto The Line, Snowy Clouds

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £59.00
Straight Forecast £77.50
Tricast £145.80
Trifecta £178.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hold Onto The Line

TOPSPEED:

Snowy Clouds

D Express:

Limerick Leader

The Guardian:

Moore Clouds

The Times:

Jimmy Rabbitte

POSTDATA:

Hold Onto The Line

Daily Mirror:

Hold Onto The Line

Daily Record:

Hold Onto The Line