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Athelstaneford – Birthplace Of The Saltire Handicap Hurdle (Go North Sea Pigeon Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 1m 7f 124y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Athelstaneford – Birthplace Of The Saltire Handicap Hurdle (Go North Sea Pigeon Series Qualifier)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain and snow

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.50
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 312-24 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Consistent; won over C&D (good to soft) in March and ran pretty well when fourth over C&D (good to soft) three weeks ago; might not be far away.

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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

3rd

7

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

16:50 Doncaster

Cuban Cigar

11st 9lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

Held on well to win at Musselburgh (1m7f, soft) in November and posted career-best performance when third in Scottish County Hurdle over that C&D (good to soft) last month; might be a shade vulnerable after latest 2lb rise but is evidently in very good nick.

8/1

3rd

13

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Cuban Cigar

10st 2lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

Has lots of form here but it was a narrow success in November and he was never dangerous when behind some of these on New Year's Day.

33/1

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14/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: 4275-7 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 12st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Unable to threaten in his two handicap hurdles but he may have needed his reappearance run over C&D three weeks ago and he was runner-up over C&D in a Listed juvenile hurdle in February; not ruled out.

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9th

5

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

The Churchill Lad

10st 9lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Likeable front-runner with a consistent record; made all over C&D (heavy) just before Christmas and ran close to his best despite late mistakes when fourth in the well-contested Morebattle at Kelso four weeks ago; should be in the thick of things once more.

6/1

4th

13

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

The Churchill Lad

10st 11lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Made all in small field at Haydock (1m7f, heavy) in December and bounced back from a blip here when second of seven at Catterick (1m7f, heavy) three weeks ago; versatile ground-wise; however, he's going back up in grade today and that may find him out.

25/1

2nd

4

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 156y

Class 3

15:30 Catterick

The Churchill Lad

11st 10lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

took keen hold, led, raced in second after 2nd

5/1

15/8

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 32-531 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 12st 1lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Ex-French 5yo who was a good third at Ayr (2m, good to soft) on November 4 on second start for this yard before easily winning in a small field at Fakenham (2m, good to soft) last Tuesday; a 7lb penalty may not stop her if she repeats that latest form.

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6th

1

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 2

17:05 Musselburgh

Ip Up

12st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Consistent mare who ran another solid race under a big weight at Fakenham three weeks ago (2m, good) and the winner ran third in last week's Sussex Champion Hurdle; returning to further asks a question of her but she gives the impression that she'll stay.

13/2

2nd

4

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 3

16:25 Fakenham

Ip Up

11st 11lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Took trainer's five-year record here to 2-2 when running away with a C&D mares' 0-120 in November and has since added an identical Newcastle event, albeit on heavy; shaped as if still improving despite defeat in a Kelso contest not run to suit latest, and readily shortlisted once more.

7/2

4th

4

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 3

14:55 Kelso

Ip Up

11st 3lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Has won two mares' handicaps this season, last time landing a four-runner event by 14l at Newcastle (2m1f, heavy); up 6lb in a stronger race; has an each-way chance.

6/1

Form: 01234- D

Last run: 319 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Some good runs over hurdles last season (latest run in this sphere was in January) and he's improved on the Flat since, winning at Ayr last month; has potential off current hurdle mark.

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5th

6

(4)

8th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle (AW)

Bashful

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Iain Jardine

Last summer's hat-trick included a win over C&D and he added another success at Ayr (1m2f, heavy) in Octobr; scored twice over hurdles in February and after having undergone wind surgery, he finished fourth of six here (1m) last month; return to this trip should suit and high on the list.

7/1

4th

6

(7)

13th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 3

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Bashful

9st 0lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Iain Jardine

Caught the eye at Wolverhampton in January and he's since finished second over C&D and won two handicap hurdles at Musselburgh; has undergone wind surgery since the latest; more required up in class.

12/1

Form: 340-55

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Didn't run badly in fifth at Ayr (2m, good to soft) last time when back from a break, and that form has worked out well; another 3lb lower today but he has a patchy profile and others are more compelling.

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2nd

7

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Lihyan

11st 9lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

Capitalised on a reduced mark to win by just over 5l over C&D (good to soft) in December; again came from the rear to challenge strongly under William Maggs over C&D (soft) one month ago but was seen off by Duyfken and is back up another 5lb today; place chance.

13/2

2nd

7

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

13:55 Musselburgh

Lihyan

11st 2lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

didn't always jump with fluency, held up in last

3/1

1st

1

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

Lihyan

12st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

His sole win was in a maiden hurdle last summer but he's dropped a long way down the weights and has finished a respectable fifth at Ayr (2m, good to soft) and Musselburgh (1m7f, soft) in his two runs this autumn; looks worth another try at this trip and he's in the mix on this drop in grade.

3/1

Form: 491176 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Two wins at Kelso (2m5f/2m2f, good) in September and he may return to form when back on good ground; however, better could still have been expected at Kelso (2m, good to soft) and Ayr (2m, good to soft) the last twice.

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8th

2

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

Darkest Day

11st 11lb

J: Derek Fox

T: William Young Jnr

All four wins have been on good ground including two at at Kelso (2m5f/2m2f) in September; his last success was off 1lb higher but he's been well held back on slow ground in his last three runs and conditions could be an issue again here.

9/1

6th

8

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 4

14:10 Musselburgh

Darkest Day

10st 10lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: William Young Jnr

Two wins at Kelso (2m5f/2m2f, good) in September and he may return to form when back on good ground; however, better could still have been expected at Kelso (2m, good to soft) and Ayr (2m, good to soft) the last twice.

25/1

6th

10

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:53 Ayr

Darkest Day

10st 6lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: William Young Jnr

prominent on inner, pressed leader after 3rd, led before 5th, faced challenge after 3 out, headed and lost position 2 out, weakened quickly before last

12/1

Form: 7-8568 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Beaten 14 times since C&D win in February 2022 and well beaten over hurdles the last twice; however, he's dropped down the weights and his trainer's runners here are always worth a second look; watch the betting.

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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

3rd

5

(7)

12th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 6

17:55 Southwell (AW)

Socialist Agenda

8st 10lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: L J Morgan

Three bumper wins and two over hurdles within the first seven starts of his career, but 0-18 under both codes since; third in two starts here (1m4f/1m6f) since the blinkers went on and another place may be his best hope.

7/1

Form: 463-1 D

Last run: 196 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Despite racing freely he made all with 3l to spare in a maiden at Perth (2m, good) in May last time out; this lightly raced 5yo is in good hands to continue to progress and could have a big say on handicap debut.

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6th

6

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:08 Ayr

Bix Beiderbecke

11st 1lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Won a maiden hurdle at Perth in May (good); struggled a bit in handicaps since although a bad mistake two out cost him his chance at Musselburgh last time (1m7f, good to soft); on a fair mark now so wouldn't rule out.

20/1

7th

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 4

16:35 Musselburgh

Bix Beiderbecke

11st 12lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Can take a strong hold and races prominently; made all in a Perth maiden (2m, good) but tailed off here next time in a handicap and looked on the retreat when taking a heavy fall three out at Wetherby (again on soft); return to drier conditions does look in his favour but he needs to get back on track.

14/1

0

3

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Bix Beiderbecke

11st 9lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Made all with 3l to spare in a maiden at Perth (2m, good) in May and that RPR suggests he could be on a fair mark; quiet on handicap debut last month (soft) and may need drier ground but the hood could help matters.

5/1

Form: 34-242 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Consistent type who won over C&D (good to soft) in February and was a good second over C&D (good to soft) three weeks ago; solid claims.

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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

1st

11

1st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 3

13:45 Musselburgh

Scots Poet

10st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th, headway and went third 3 out, led 2 out, ridden clear before last, kept on well run-in, comfortably

14/1

0

6

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 4

14:10 Musselburgh

Scots Poet

11st 5lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

Consistent type who won over C&D (good to soft) in February and was a good second over C&D (good to soft) three weeks ago; solid claims.

5/1

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Payout
Exacta £1131.00
Straight Forecast £1130.80
Tricast £6038.70
Trifecta £7731.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ip Up

The Times:

Bashful

D Express:

Bix Beiderbecke

RP RATINGS:

Lihyan

TOPSPEED:

Scots Poet

POSTDATA:

Cuban Cigar

Daily Record:

Bix Beiderbecke

Telegraph:

Ip Up

The Guardian:

Ip Up

Daily Mirror:

Ip Up

The Star:

Ip Up

Daily Mail:

Bashful

The Sun:

Bashful