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15:16 Musselburgh

Good To Soft

bet365 Scottish County Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £20812
  • 1m 7f 124y
  • Class 2
  • 10 runners
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bet365 Scottish County Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 6-1232 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Won over C&D (good to soft) last season and returned to form when back down in trip over C&D (soft) on New Year's Day, finishing 2l second to stablemate Nayati; Charlie Maggs retains the ride and this 5yo is one to consider.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

Collingham

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Won a Class 2 handicap off 11lb higher under Charlie Maggs at Musselburgh 14 months ago so the ability is there; however, last season didn't really get off the ground and he tried two different types of headgear.

9/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 11-215 D

Last run: 70 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Disappointing at Newbury (2m, good) in November last time out but he was progressive otherwise in 2022 with three wins (1m7f/2m, good/good to soft) and it will be no surprise if he bounces back with a big run.

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5th

3

8th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:20 Kelso

Parisencore

11st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

took keen hold, led, headed after 2 out, weakened approaching last

6/1

7th

4

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Parisencore

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Returns to hurdling after two narrow defeats in handicap chases; has won three in this discipline and he's on a competitive mark, albeit 3lb higher than when second to Collingham in this 12 months ago.

9/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 05-2FP CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Pulled up at Fakenham on New Year's Day after a break but took a step back in the right direction when fifth on the Flat at Southwell last time; he's 1lb lower than when 1l second at Market Rasen (2m, good) in September and this C&D winner (good to soft) could be in the mix; cheekpieces go on.

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4th

5

(2)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Kihavah

9st 1lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

prominent, raced far side after 4f

14/1

Form: 14-226 D BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 8lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Flopped when favourite at Newbury on New Year's Eve but may not have been suited by the ground (which was changed to soft immediately after that race); she'd previously been a good second at Newbury on her first two starts of the season (2m, good) and this lightly raced 5yo retains potential for her top trainer, who won this in 2017 and 2021; firmly in calculations.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

0

1

29th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

14:35 Hereford

Grivetana

12st 0lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

Has lost her way since finishing second in hot Newbury handicap (2m, good) a year ago but her reappearance run there (2m, good to soft) this month was much better than eventual 32l defeat might suggest (race developed into a slog), and she's sure to appreciate today's significant ease in grade.

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: /13161 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Bar one blip he's been in fine form on good/soft ground this season after a long absence, and he posted his third win of the campaign when beating stablemate Collingham over C&D on New Year's Day; strong claims up just 3lb.

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2

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:50 Stratford

Nayati

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Musselburgh winner off 5lb higher in January 2023 (1m7f, soft); bit disappointing afterwards and not at his best this term (poor run latest); bit to prove.

16/1

11th

7

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 2

14:40 Doncaster

Nayati

10st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won three times last season, following a mammoth absence, and he's 2lb lower than when last successful (at Musselburgh on New Year's Day); however, his subsequent form hasn't come up to scratch and he needs to improve for last month's reappearance outing at Huntingdon.

16/1

Form: 151P-0 CD

Last run: 133 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Exuberant front-runner who was well beaten at Market Rasen last September and returns from another break here; has something to prove but he won twice here (1m7f/2m1f, good to soft) in the first part of last year and is not written off now back at Musselburgh.

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2nd

2

11th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

16:15 Perth

Inca Prince

11st 9lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Ruth Jefferson

prominent, took keen hold after 3rd, soon led and went clear, reduced lead 2 out, headed run-in, kept on

11/2

5th

2

4th Aug 2023

Good

2m 3f 123y

Class 4

15:20 Bangor-on-Dee

Inca Prince

11st 10lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Ruth Jefferson

All wins at shorter but not beaten far at all when fifth over this trip (first attempt over it) at Aintree in May; this is slightly easier than the company he usually keeps and not discounted after wind surgery.

10/1

8

1st Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 3

19:10 Market Rasen

Inca Prince

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Ruth Jefferson

Form: 18-826 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

15l sixth behind Nayati and Collingham over C&D on New Year's Day but he was carried badly left at the start and he'd run well on his two previous course visits, including a win in this last year; not discounted.

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1st

4

(3)

2nd May 2024

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 6

19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Socialist Agenda

9st 6lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: L J Morgan

Five-time bumper/hurdle winner, who got off the mark on the Flat when forging clear at Southwell (2m, Tapeta; 13-8 favourite) last month; a 4lb rise for that smooth win looks fair and he's a big player again on this drop back in trip.

6/4

1st

5

(4)

9th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 6

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Socialist Agenda

9st 2lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: L J Morgan

in touch with leaders

7/2

7th

5

(8)

4th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

16:55 Wolverhampton (AW)

Socialist Agenda

9st 2lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: L J Morgan

Three bumper wins and two over hurdles within the first seven starts of his career, but 0-19 under both codes since; third in three outings at Southwell (1m4f-2m) since the blinkers went on and another place may be his best hope.

7/1

Form: -1U4B0 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Fourth in last season's Coral Cup (2m5f, soft) and won a competitive handicap at Punchestown (2m3f, yielding) next time; however, he failed to shine when switched to fences in the autumn and was below par over hurdles at Cheltenham last Saturday; return to form is needed and he may prefer further.

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0

1

4th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 2

15:15 Ascot

Camprond

12st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in touch with leaders, eased and pulled up after 3rd

20/1

15th

3

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Camprond

11st 11lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Returned to form with close third of 26 in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) last month, where he was 3l ahead when not fluent at the final flight; close second of 22 at this meeting in 2021 (2m, good to soft) and he's a strong contender despite a 5lb rise since last time.

11/2

3rd

18

15th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Camprond

11st 1lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Fourth in two major handicaps here last term, including this race when soft ground might not have been ideal; won well in a good handicap at Punchestown (2m3f, yielding) next time; failed to shine this winter, chasing initially, but he is 2lb lower than this time last year; headed the recent betting.

9/1

Form: 11P0-1 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Won his first two hurdle starts in November 2021 (2m, soft/good to soft) and got back on track when winning a handicap at Wetherby (2m, soft) two months ago on his reappearance; this lightly raced 8yo did it readily and could still be ahead of the handicapper now 7lb higher.

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2nd

3

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

13:40 Newcastle

Lebowski

11st 9lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Runs off same mark as for his win at Wetherby (2m, soft) last December; hasn't shone since but, having had a wind op, he was well backed at Chepstow on his stable and seasonal debut only to run without the declared tongue-tie; due to wear that appendage today; interesting to see if backers return.

7/2

Form: 23/6-0 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Won the Fred Winter at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and ran fairly well on the Flat last May on his sole outing of 2022 (final run for Joseph O'Brien); however, he was tailed off over hurdles at Sandown last month on his stable debut and needs to leave that form miles behind.

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8th

10

2nd Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 46y

Class 2

14:40 Cartmel

Band Of Outlaws

10st 6lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

in touch with leaders

12/1

3

20th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

14:45 Bangor-on-Dee

Band Of Outlaws

11st 12lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Beat one rival in first four starts for this stable but was still sent off favourite at Hexham two weeks ago; didn't look very keen in finishing seventh there and cheekpieces now replaced by first-time visor; nothing like the force of old but trainer in blazing form, which counts.

6/1

7th

1

6th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 3

20:40 Hexham

Band Of Outlaws

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Ben Haslam

Useful at his best in Ireland for Joseph O'Brien but has beaten just one rival in four outings for current yard; carries obvious risks but his mark is in freefall and he's not one to give up on just yet.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £522.00
Straight Forecast £529.50
Tricast £2845.00
Trifecta £3328.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Grivetana

SPOTLIGHT:

Lebowski

TOPSPEED:

Nayati

The Star:

Kihavah

RP Ratings:

Collingham

The Guardian:

Socialist Agenda

The Times:

Grivetana

Daily Mail:

Grivetana

The Sun:

Grivetana

Telegraph:

Lebowski

D Express:

Lebowski

Daily Record:

Lebowski

POSTDATA:

Nayati

Daily Mirror:

Nayati