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Mediterranean Shipping Company Handicap

  • Prize money: £3663.8
  • 0m 7f 33y
  • Class 6
  • 11 runners
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Mediterranean Shipping Company Handicap

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 421911 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

Second in this last year and he's twice made all over 1m here this season; arrives on a hat-trick following two wins at Beverley (7.4f, heavy/good to firm) and he'll be tough to reel in if his fine form continues.

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13th

3

(11)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

16:00 Chelmsford (AW)

How Bizarre

9st 6lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Liam Bailey

Front-runner who won five times on turf last season (7f/1m); probably needed his return from seven months off at Newcastle (7f, Tapeta) 11 days ago, but a concern that he is 1-21 on the AW and has been well held in both starts on Polytrack.

20/1

8th

1

(1)

18th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

How Bizarre

9st 9lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Liam Bailey

Enjoyed a revival and won five times on turf last season (7f-1m), including his last three races; also effective on Tapeta but a 201-day break may have checked his momentum.

12/1

1st

5

(5)

30th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 33y

Class 6

16:00 Musselburgh

How Bizarre

9st 5lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Liam Bailey

Second in this last year and he's twice made all over 1m here this season; arrives on a hat-trick following two wins at Beverley (7.4f, heavy/good to firm) and he'll be tough to reel in if his fine form continues.

4/1

2nd
3 (6)
Rory

12/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 252556 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

On an 18-race losing sequence and something to prove regarding current form, but soft/heavy ground may not have suited the last twice and he's 4lb lower than when second over C&D early last month; not written off.

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2nd

1

(5)

2nd May 2024

Good

0m 7f 50y

Class 6

14:52 Ayr

Rory

9st 10lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

dwelt start, in rear, headway from 3f out, keeping on when ridden from 2f out, went second and kept on final 110yds, no match for winner

7/2

8th

9

(6)

22nd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

18:45 Newcastle (AW)

Rory

8st 12lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Jim Goldie

Enigmatic character who has yet to win beyond sprint distances but he seems to stay this trip; respectable run over C&D last week but not sure to reverse placings with One More Dream.

14/1

3rd

5

(1)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

20:10 Newcastle (AW)

Rory

9st 8lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

held up in rear

12/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.20

Form: -60251 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

C&D winner (good to firm) last June and has run really well over C&D on both visits to Musselburgh this year, finishing second in June (good) and winning three weeks ago (good); he's a solid contender once more.

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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

Form: 242653 C

Last run: 58 days

W: 9st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 58

Form & Verdict

Beaten 16 times since last win last April but he's run three good races over C&D this season and is edging down the weights; each-way possible.

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9th

9

(2)

21st Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 50y

Class 6

17:17 Ayr

Merricourt

9st 5lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

Has drawn a blank since winning in small field over C&D in April 2022; hasn't shaped too badly in some of his recent starts but he was down the field at Carlisle last time.

11/1

9th

3

(12)

7th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 173y

Class 6

18:35 Carlisle

Merricourt

9st 7lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

No win since April 2022 (7f, Ayr) but has slipped to a workable mark, running consistently at Musselburgh; didn't enjoy a great deal of luck when a closing fourth over 7f there last week; returns to a trip which probably suits best; stablemate of Loom Large.

7/1

4th

8

(8)

30th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 33y

Class 6

16:00 Musselburgh

Merricourt

9st 2lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

Beaten 16 times since last win last April but he's run three good races over C&D this season and is edging down the weights; each-way possible.

9/1

7/1

Form: 265522 CD

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 57

Form & Verdict

Won over C&D last July and and he's been a good second at Chelmsford (7f/1m, AW) on both starts this month; however, he didn't really shine on two C&D starts this June and needs to better that form now back on turf.

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4th

5

(4)

16th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 33y

Class 6

15:35 Musselburgh

Monaadhil

9st 8lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

held up in rear, steady headway on far side of group from 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge

7/1

5th

2

(1)

5th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

18:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Monaadhil

9st 9lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Effective elsewhere but this track really plays to his strengths, winning for the fourth time over C&D when powering clear three weeks ago; didn't get a clear run through one week later but still looked in top form; more appealing than most in here.

4/1

6th
10 (3)
Shifter

8/1

Form: 027-61

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 56

Form & Verdict

Won by a short-head at Ayr (1m, good) recently on second start for this yard and the clear runner-up has since gone one better; a 3lb rise isn't harsh and she could have more to offer for her new stable; has a chance.

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7th

6

(1)

3rd May 2024

Good

1m 4f 104y

Class 6

15:25 Musselburgh

Shifter

9st 1lb

J: Paula Muir

T: Wilf Storey

dwelt start and swerved sharply left start, in rear

9/2

4th

11

(4)

30th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 5

16:15 Newcastle (AW)

Shifter

8st 12lb

J: Paula Muir

T: Wilf Storey

towards rear

14/1

13/2

Form: 193421 C

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

Runner-up at Newcastle (1m, AW) last month then won comfortably here (1m1f, good) three weeks ago; the drop back in trip seems a likely negative but she went close over 7f on AW in February and is entitled to respect given how well she took to the course last time on her first visit here.

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7th

6

(11)

30th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 33y

Class 6

16:00 Musselburgh

Non Mollare

9st 4lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Daragh Bourke

Runner-up at Newcastle (1m, AW) last month then won comfortably here (1m1f, good) three weeks ago; the drop back in trip seems a likely negative but she went close over 7f on AW in February and is entitled to respect given how well she took to the course last time on her first visit here.

13/2

1st

9

(12)

11th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 208y

Class 6

16:53 Musselburgh

Non Mollare

9st 3lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Daragh Bourke

Returned from three-month break with creditable second on Tapeta at Newcastle (1m) a fortnight ago but needs to prove she can transfer that form to turf (unplaced all ten starts on grass).

7/1

2nd

5

(9)

29th Jul 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Non Mollare

9st 7lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: Daragh Bourke

in touch with leaders towards near side, headway and went second 2f out, chased clear leader over 1f out, kept on final 110yds, no match for winner

13/2

Form: -12330 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

Well beaten at Catterick last Monday but she was trapped wide on good to soft ground that may not have suited; good third there previously (7f, good) and could be thereabouts.

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7th

8

23rd Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 6

13:35 Wolverhampton (AW)

Coaxing

9st 8lb

T: David & Nicola Barron

Seemingly back in good form at Southwell (6f) a fortnight ago, where she was denied a clear run before keeping on for fourth; remains 5lb below her last winning mark and will be suited by today's return to 7f; good chance.

5/1

4th

3

(8)

10th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 6

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Coaxing

9st 6lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: David & Nicola Barron

took keen hold, midfield

7/1

6th

1

(2)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 6

17:15 Catterick

Coaxing

9st 9lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: David & Nicola Barron

led at fast pace

16/1

9th
11 (2)
Huraiz

33/1

Form: 930-40

Last run: 37 days

W: 8st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 55

Form & Verdict

His mark continues to fall but his close AW third last November was his sole bright point last season and he hasn't shone on either run this year; bolted before start and withdrawn at Newcastle recently (33-1 at the time).

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11th

12

(7)

26th Sep 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

20:00 Newcastle (AW)

Huraiz

9st 4lb

J: Connor Murtagh

T: Ewan Whillans

C&D winner but it is over four years since his last victory and his last two runs leave him with plenty to prove.

33/1

9th

11

(2)

30th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 33y

Class 6

16:00 Musselburgh

Huraiz

8st 13lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Ewan Whillans

His mark continues to fall but his close AW third last November was his sole bright point last season and he hasn't shone on either run this year; bolted before start and withdrawn at Newcastle recently (33-1 at the time).

33/1

2

(11)

15th Aug 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

20:30 Newcastle (AW)

Huraiz

9st 12lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Ewan Whillans

Won his first two starts as a 2yo including here (6f), but 0-30 since; 5lb lower than when beaten less than a length back here (6f) last November, but his profile is a concern and he needs the blinkers to make a difference.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 772318 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Disappointing over C&D last time but pulled hard and was in good form previously; his win here (good to firm) two starts ago was his second C&D success and he could bounce back with a big performance if settling better.

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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

10/1

Form: 526635

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

0-8 but good third at Ayr (6f, good) two starts ago and had to come from a difficult position when fifth at Carlisle (7f, good to firm) last time; might not be far away if this pans out more favourably.

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5

(7)

3rd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 3

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

The Caltonian

9st 3lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Linda Perratt

He's been a revelation since fitted with blinkers, winning five handicaps on Tapeta this winter; better than ever when second in a 6f handicap here 12 days ago; another 2lb higher but likely to remain in form.

9/1

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Payout
Exacta £404.00
Straight Forecast £407.60
Tricast £2223.00
Trifecta £1792.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Non Mollare

The Times:

Sparkle In His Eye

SPOTLIGHT:

How Bizarre

Daily Record:

Shifter

RP RATINGS:

Merricourt

Daily Mirror:

Monaadhil

The Guardian:

Non Mollare

The Star:

Non Mollare

Daily Mail:

Sparkle In His Eye

D Express:

Sparkle In His Eye

Telegraph:

How Bizarre

The Sun:

How Bizarre