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15:48 Musselburgh

Good To Soft

bet365 Handicap Hurdle (Go North Sea Pigeon Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 1m 7f 124y
  • Class 4
  • 13 runners
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bet365 Handicap Hurdle (Go North Sea Pigeon Series Qualifier)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.50
  • Place: £2.90

Form: -14643 D

Last run: 61 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Won a Sedgefield novice (2m1f, good) last May and achieved his best handicap result when third of six over C&D (soft) in December; now drops into a 0-110 from a 0-120 and he could have a part to play.

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1st

7

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

13:30 Perth

Scots Poet

11st 4lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

Consistent and not had all that much racing for an 8yo; won well at Musselburgh on New Year's Day (1m7f, soft) and just never gave his running back there three weeks ago in Mack The Man's race; hard to discount.

10/1

11th

7

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 87y

Class 2

18:40 Musselburgh

Scots Poet

11st 10lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

Consistent 8yo who wasn't overly pressed to win over slightly shorter here when last seen on New Year's Day (soft); 6lb rise sees him on a career-high mark but he's fine when fresh.

3/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 13-312 D

Last run: 62 days

W: 12st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Has run well under Luke Scott the last twice, winning at Huntingdon (2m, good) in November in his second handicap hurdle and runner-up at Kelso in December (2m, soft; albeit no match for the winner); solid claims.

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6th

10

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Rewired

11st 6lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Started season with two clear wins at about 2m (good to soft and good) but the spell was broken when pulled up at Kelso since; hard to feel positive after that and soft ground likely to be more of a hindrance than a help.

25/1

8

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

Rewired

11st 2lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Won twice last season and has continued to improve this term under Luke Scott, making it 2-2 for the campaign (2m, good to soft/good) with a commanding victory at Taunton in February; he's up 7lb for last time and in a higher grade this afternoon, but may well have more left in the tank.

12/1

1st

1

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Rewired

12st 0lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Usually ridden by Luke Scott; last season went well apart from final start and he was straight back in the groove when easily taking a four-runner handicap at Doncaster (2m) in late December on reappearance; 5lb higher today and faces more opposition but he needs plenty of respect.

3/1

OUR TIP

11/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 4-3234 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Consistent and has posted fair efforts in defeat in handicap hurdles on last four starts (good-soft), most recently fourth over C&D on New Year's Day; now drops back into a Class 4 from a Class 2 and he's one to consider.

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2nd

5

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

13:30 Perth

Cuban Cigar

11st 9lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

Beaten about 10l by Mack The Man at Musselburgh three weeks ago in a race he'd won the previous season off 10lb lower; it's never going to be easy off his current mark.

10/1

4th

4

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 87y

Class 2

18:40 Musselburgh

Cuban Cigar

12st 0lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

Narrow winner of this 12 months ago when 10lb lower but he's made further progress this term, including another course win; latest run wasn't his best but his previous third in a strong race here gives him a good chance.

13/2

Form: 31-545 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Only fifth of 12 over C&D last month and she was reluctant to race over C&D in December; however, she was still a respectable fourth of six on that penultimate start and all six wins have come here (five Flat, one hurdles); not ruled out with tongue-tie/cheekpieces combined for first time.

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1st

3

(8)

16th Oct 2023

Good

1m 7f 217y

Class 6

16:40 Musselburgh

Smart Lass

9st 8lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

Has won here five times on the Flat (1m4f/1m5f) and once over hurdles (1m7f); patchy form of late and below par here most recently, while she needs to prove her stamina, but she can't be ruled out given her record here.

7/1

5th

5

(3)

17th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 104y

Class 6

16:35 Musselburgh

Smart Lass

9st 4lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

dwelt start, soon recovered to lead

9/2

6th

5

(7)

17th Aug 2023

Good

1m 5f 26y

Class 6

18:12 Ayr

Smart Lass

9st 13lb

J: Miss Hannah Crawford

T: Iain Jardine

took keen hold, led at fast pace, reduced lead 6f out, headed under 3f out

3/1

Form: 20391U

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Won at Doncaster (2m, good) in December in first-time cheekpieces (retained since) and mid-race faller at Catterick last month; he's just 2lb higher than at Doncaster and holds strong claims provided conditions suit (his wins have come on good ground but he may be okay on good to soft).

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0

1

20th Sep 2023

Good

2m 2f 25y

Class 5

17:15 Kelso

Zamond

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

towards rear, hit 3 out

5/1

5th

7

21st Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

18:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Zamond

11st 1lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Well handicapped on last season's best form but yet to replicate any of that this term and was readily left behind here 17 days ago.

7/1

3rd

4

4th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 5

17:10 Bangor-on-Dee

Zamond

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won two good-ground hurdles last year and was creditable second of 14 in quite valuable series final at Musselburgh (2m1f, good to soft) in March; not at best on either appearance since 98-day break but on a workable mark and enters calculations.

4/1

Form: 6/0-46

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Soundly beaten back over hurdles the last twice, but his usual blinkers were missing on the first occasion and soft going may not have suited last time; has potential off this lowly mark in view of his Flat form (won four times last year; 1m-1m2f) and he could go well now back on better ground.

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1

(9)

21st Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 2y

Class 5

16:45 Musselburgh

Flylikeaneagle

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Lucinda Russell

Won well off a similar mark over C&D (good to soft) last April; inconsistent since but the return to this scenario and drop back to 0-70 level may have positive effect; respected.

16/1

9th

5

(6)

13th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Flylikeaneagle

9st 6lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Lucinda Russell

Near miss over C&D in December off 1lb higher; well beaten twice since, although he had an excuse last time having gone off too fast in a 1m2f amateur event here 11 days ago; can do better today.

25/1

6th

2

(6)

2nd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 5

16:05 Newcastle (AW)

Flylikeaneagle

11st 2lb

J: Miss Margot Scudamore

T: Lucinda Russell

None too consistent and followed close second over 7f here in December with a disappointing effort (pulled hard) over 1m; others appeal more.

16/1

Form: -3U434

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced bumper runner-up who has shown ability over hurdles, but he was a soundly beaten fourth of seven on handicap debut at Market Rasen (2m, good to soft) in December and improvement is needed.

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5

20th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

20:05 Uttoxeter

Iceman Dennis

11st 7lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

Inconsistent 11-race maiden who was a well-held eighth at Bangor (2m3f, good) last month; drops back in trip/grade but his form has gone the wrong way in handicaps and others are more convincing; cheekpieces back.

25/1

4

23rd Apr 2023

Good

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

16:45 Stratford

Iceman Dennis

11st 6lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Mid-race faller at Bangor last month; well held there yesterday, taking record to 0-11; ran creditably (80-1) when third in novice contest here in October and has place hopes on that effort.

14/1

8th

10

22nd Apr 2023

Good

2m 3f 123y

Class 4

14:15 Bangor-on-Dee

Iceman Dennis

11st 1lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Unable to land a telling blow in his first two handicaps (2m/1m7f) and was a mid-race faller when last in action; not yet fully exposed but needs today's step up in trip to enable improvement.

20/1

Form: 84U6-9

Last run: 268 days

W: 10st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Won at Sedgefield in November 2021 and ran okay a couple of times later that season; however, he was tailed off at Perth last May and failed to shine on the Flat on both runs since; plenty to prove.

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5th

6

29th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:10 Market Rasen

Wilhelm Vonvenster

10st 3lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Has finished in the first three just once in a 22-race career, when winning a Sedgefield handicap in November 2021; safely held in two outings last month but stable's recent fine run of form at least a positive.

10/1

10th

8

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

17:15 Newcastle

Wilhelm Vonvenster

10st 12lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Nicky Richards

Won at Sedgefield in November 2021 and ran okay a couple of times later that season; however, he's struggled in both codes on his four starts since last May and has plenty to prove.

25/1

8th

12

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 4

15:48 Musselburgh

Wilhelm Vonvenster

10st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, awkward jump 1st

25/1

16/1

Form: -334PU CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Course winner who continues to drop down the weights and was a fair fourth at Sedgefield last September; however, pulled up next time and beaten when unseating three out last month; a return to form is needed from this 11yo.

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10th

10

10th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

20:05 Sedgefield

Iolani

10st 9lb

J: Ben Smith

T: Miss A M Slack

Without a win since 2021 and patently not the force of old but proved he retains a modicum of ability when placed at Perth (2m, soft) last month, and today's better ground ought to be in his favour.

10/1

3rd

12

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 5

17:20 Perth

Iolani

10st 7lb

J: William Maggs

T: Miss A M Slack

Veteran; has won ten of his 90 races, six of them over hurdles; hasn't been at his best on last few outings and a bit to prove now.

14/1

Form: 362-34 CD

Last run: 263 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Not quite at his best last May on his first two chase starts and absent since; however, before those he was a close second over hurdles at Perth and he's a two-time C&D winner; respected back over hurdles on return.

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10th

6

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 4

15:48 Musselburgh

Blooriedotcom

11st 6lb

J: Alexander Thorne

T: Lucinda Russell

prominent on outer

10/1

4th

2

17th May 2022

Good

1m 7f 133y

Class 5

18:03 Hexham

Blooriedotcom

11st 13lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Strongest over hurdles at Musselburgh, although was only narrowly beaten at Perth (2m, good to soft) on penultimate start; safely held third on recent C&D chasing debut (7-1), but this is a weaker race and he's likely to have taken plenty on board from that experience.

3rd

6

7th May 2022

Good

1m 7f 133y

Class 4

13:55 Hexham

Blooriedotcom

11st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Stable in good form and was a good second over hurdles at Perth last time (2m, good to soft); quite interesting on first run over fences

6/1

20/1

Form: 09P-60

Last run: 162 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Has travelled from Northern Ireland and is one to watch in the betting, but he failed to threaten on his two outings last year (both in August) and is now 0-24; others make greater appeal.

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8th

10

6th Oct 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 165y

15:00 Downpatrick

Crecerelle

10st 8lb

J: John Shinnick

T: S Wilson

Modest sort outran his mark in a 2m6f novice here in July but 28-race maiden can't be relied upon to reproduce that here.

20/1

4th

6

13th Jul 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 170y

17:00 Downpatrick

Crecerelle

11st 0lb

J: John Shinnick

T: S Wilson

towards rear but in touch with leaders, dropped to rear 3 out, not fluent 2 out, kept on run-in, went fourth towards finish

100/1

10th

10

18th Jun 2023

Good

2m 1f 65y

16:40 Downpatrick

Crecerelle

10st 13lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: S Wilson

Modest maiden nowadays in all codes; pulled up at Down Royal in March; makes no appeal.

25/1

Form: 22 BF

Last run: 175 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Just 1-14 on the Flat but ran well for Iain Jardine when runner-up at Perth last summer on his first two hurdle starts (2m, good); on that evidence his opening mark is fair and this headstrong sort may settle better now in a hood on his stable debut; interesting contender back from a break.

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5th

7

(6)

5th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 16y

Class 3

14:05 Hamilton

Simple Star

8st 8lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Dianne Sayer

in touch with leaders, weakened over 1f out

3/1

2nd

10

(14)

21st Apr 2024

Good

1m 4f 104y

Class 4

17:15 Musselburgh

Simple Star

9st 6lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Dianne Sayer

Career-best form last May-August with a golden spell comprising three wins and two seconds; first four of those runs were at about 1m3f/1m4f and the narrow defeat to Baez on latest came in a slowly run race at 2m2f; four of them were also at this track and all on good or good to firm; absent 235 days but needs plenty of respect.

10/1

Form: 36-187 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Placed in bumpers and won on hurdle debut at Perth (2m, good) last September; well beaten under penalties in novice hurdles the next twice but not written off now going handicapping.

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0

13

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

15:14 Kelso

Our Marty

10st 6lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

His profile has been patchy since he won a novice hurdle at Perth (2m, good) in September 2022 and he doesn't look straightforward, dropping away tamely with blinkers added (retained) over 2m5f here three weeks ago; the return to 2m will probably help but he's still hard to be confident about.

20/1

0

4

8th Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

17:30 Kelso

Our Marty

11st 5lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

led

10/1

6th

3

20th Sep 2023

Good

2m 2f 25y

Class 5

15:30 Kelso

Our Marty

11st 11lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

held up in rear, slightly hampered 3rd

11/2

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Payout
Exacta £446.00
Straight Forecast £329.60
Tricast £1246.70
Trifecta £2276.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Cuban Cigar

Telegraph:

Rewired

The Times:

Simple Star

D Express:

Zamond

SPOTLIGHT:

Flylikeaneagle

The Star:

Wilhelm Vonvenster

RP Ratings:

Smart Lass

Daily Mirror:

Simple Star

The Sun:

Rewired

Daily Record:

Rewired

POSTDATA:

Cuban Cigar

The Guardian:

Cuban Cigar

Daily Mail:

Cuban Cigar