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16:20 Musselburgh

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Madeleine Cup Handicap

  • Prize money: £4187.2
  • 0m 7f 33y
  • Class 6
  • 9 runners
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Madeleine Cup Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.90
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 4-6025 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

Has much better strike-rate on AW than turf but his close second off today's mark over C&D (good) in June was a good effort, and his subsequent lesser run came on ground slower than he prefers; not ruled out.

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

10th

7

(2)

25th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Sparkle In His Eye

9st 5lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

midfield

25/1

11th

8

(5)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 6

17:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sparkle In His Eye

9st 7lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Dual C&D winner early in 2022; not at his best since returned to the AW last month, but is back off the same mark as when successful at Musselburgh (7f, good) last August; case can be made.

25/1

9th

3

(9)

10th Feb 2024

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Sparkle In His Eye

9st 7lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Knows how to win, being 5-19 on the AW and 7-35 overall; usually seen over shorter these days, but did win over 9.5f on the AW in France as a 3yo when trained by William Haggas; one for the shortlist.

20/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 263401 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

Bounced back quickly from down-the-field finish when winning readily by 4l at Newcastle (7f, AW) last week; 2lb ahead of the handicapper under 5lb penalty here and evidently in prime form, but today's return to turf is not ideal.

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10th

10

(4)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

18:35 Thirsk

Patontheback

8st 13lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Gemma Tutty

taken down early, midfield

12/1

7th

9

(8)

28th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 4

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Patontheback

8st 12lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Gemma Tutty

towards rear

16/1

12th

10

(11)

2nd Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Patontheback

9st 8lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Gemma Tutty

awkward start, took keen hold, midfield

12/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 041484

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Raced mainly over 1m+ in recent years but was very respectable fifth (promoted to fourth) over 7f at Catterick (good) last month, having raced quite wide; 1lb lower here; could have a say.

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7th

2

(13)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

17:45 Thirsk

End Zone

9st 9lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Two wins last season, the second over this trip off 3lb lower at Ayr in September (good to soft); has won on soft ground but high draw and lack of a recent run are negatives.

10/1

11/2

Form: 72403

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

Well beaten over 1m2f on handicap debut in June but looked suited by drop in trip when third at Beverley (7.4f, good to soft) ten days ago; ideally needs to learn to settle better in the early stages but could still have a bigger run in him.

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5th

2

(2)

5th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 68y

Class 6

19:15 Hamilton

Nefyn Dawn

9st 8lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

Ex-bumper horse; had wind surgery in March; has improved since going handicapping with fair efforts at Beverley (7.5f, good to soft) and Musselburgh (7f, good) last month; further progress likely, particularly back over 1m; a possible.

6/1

4th

2

(6)

11th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 33y

Class 6

16:20 Musselburgh

Nefyn Dawn

10st 1lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

Well beaten over 1m2f on handicap debut in June but looked suited by drop in trip when third at Beverley (7.4f, good to soft) ten days ago; ideally needs to learn to settle better in the early stages but could still have a bigger run in him.

11/2

3rd

3

(6)

1st Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 96y

Class 5

16:55 Beverley

Nefyn Dawn

9st 13lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

Maiden who offered hope when second of six in a Wolverhampton novice (9.5f, AW) in February but not built on it since, including on handicap debut after four months off at Ripon (9.7f, good; first start since wind surgery) in June; others make greater appeal.

16/1

10/1

Form: 215638 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Ended losing streak with comfortable 1m1f win at Carlisle (good to firm) in June and ran at least as well when close third over that trip here last month; his recent defeat on soft ground can be overlooked but today's drop back to 7f may not be ideal.

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9th

3

(11)

8th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

14:20 Newcastle (AW)

Bulls Aye

9st 9lb

J: David Nolan

T: Iain Jardine

Down the field here (7f) a fortnight ago but may have needed that first run since last October; he won twice over 1m1f on turf last year (in a visor then blinkers) and is not discounted now back up in distance and back in headgear (albeit cheekpieces haven't had a positive effect previously).

10/1

7th

2

(4)

25th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Bulls Aye

9st 9lb

J: David Nolan

T: Iain Jardine

Triple turf winner at up to 1m1f; unexposed on AW but has been well below his best turf form in just two previous attempts; more needed.

9/1

1st

4

(1)

16th Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 208y

Class 5

14:05 Musselburgh

Bulls Aye

10st 8lb

J: Mr Dominic Hislop

T: Iain Jardine

Not easy to win with (2-33) but he would have found the ground too soft last time here and was bang there the run before at Catterick (1m, good); unlikely to be far away.

8/1

Form: -56031 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 50

Form & Verdict

Has a tendency to race too freely but doubled his win tally when fitted with first-time hood in C&D classified race (good ground) a week ago; recorded a good Topspeed figure for the grade but is only due to go up 3lb, and his 5lb penalty probably demands a career-best effort today.

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4th

8

(10)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

15:15 Thirsk

The Gay Blade

9st 3lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Iain Jardine

Began the year with two easy wins on AW (6f and 7f); his form has dipped the last twice but he's back down the weights and 6f on slow ground won't faze him; one to consider.

10/1

9th

4

(9)

22nd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

19:15 Newcastle (AW)

The Gay Blade

9st 7lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Iain Jardine

Has won twice on turf and twice on AW since 2022; below best on most recent start over C&D and may well find one or two too good again.

10/1

8th

6

(9)

12th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

19:15 Newcastle (AW)

The Gay Blade

9st 5lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Iain Jardine

Handicapper had his say for two easy wins in January, including over C&D, but he's remained competitive; looked to have no excuses here last time, though, when allowed his own way in a small field (just behind Flash The Dash).

5/1

8/1

Form: 0-8706 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Yet to strike form after four 6f starts for new stable this year but some positives can be drawn from his run at Doncaster a fortnight ago and he's now very well handicapped on last autumn's placed form over 7f/1m for Godolphin; moves back up in trip today; interesting.

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8th

6

(5)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Rich Waters

9st 6lb

J: Sam James

T: Grant Tuer

Back to form when second over C&D nine days ago on his first run for 11 weeks; likely he'll need more in this field but he was rated much higher when starting out for this yard last spring.

5/1

2nd

7

(1)

8th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

17:35 Newcastle (AW)

Rich Waters

9st 7lb

J: Sam James

T: Grant Tuer

Made an encouraging return to the AW when beaten 2l into fifth of 12 here (6f) in November, but would like to have seen more from him at Wolverhampton (8.6f, Tapeta) 11 days later; losing run up to 19 and others preferred.

14/1

9th

2

(3)

25th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 6

20:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Rich Waters

9st 7lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Grant Tuer

midfield

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: -77231 CD

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Dual C&D winner, more recently on good to firm ground in early July; subsequent 4lb rise might be enough to leave him vulnerable but he's likely to give another good account.

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Verdict Starting price

6th

2

(3)

3rd Oct 2023

Soft

0m 7f 50y

Class 6

16:32 Ayr

Monhammer

10st 0lb

J: David Allan

T: Linda Perratt

Acts on good to soft (unraced on slower); beaten favourite in similar event over C&D 12 days ago but wasn't disgraced on form; worthy of respect, having won a division of this contest (off 5lb lower) last year.

8/1

88

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Ayr

Monhammer

8st 4lb

T: Linda Perratt

4th

4

(3)

21st Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 50y

Class 6

17:17 Ayr

Monhammer

9st 13lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Linda Perratt

Saw off Rory when successful at Musselburgh (7f, good to firm) in July and bounced back from a couple of lesser runs when going down by only a neck there (7f, good to soft) on Saturday; same mark here.

11/2

16/1

Form: -12155

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

Dual 1m AW winner over the winter but, following a break, was safely held when back on turf last month; that run might have brought him on but several of the others have less to prove.

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

9th

8

(1)

11th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 33y

Class 6

16:20 Musselburgh

Magicdollar

9st 5lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

Dual 1m AW winner over the winter but, following a break, was safely held when back on turf last month; that run might have brought him on but several of the others have less to prove.

16/1

5th

7

(8)

4th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 68y

Class 5

14:47 Hamilton

Magicdollar

8st 11lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and no impression over 2f out

14/1

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Straight Forecast £349.20
Tricast £2172.00
Trifecta £2798.00

Selections

The Times:

Monhammer

POSTDATA:

Patontheback

SPOTLIGHT:

Rich Waters

The Star:

Nefyn Dawn

Daily Record:

The Gay Blade

Telegraph:

Monhammer

Daily Mail:

Monhammer

D Express:

Monhammer

Daily Mirror:

Monhammer

The Guardian:

Patontheback

The Sun:

Patontheback

RP RATINGS:

Rich Waters