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14:50 Musselburgh

Good To Soft

bet365 Scottish County Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 1m 7f 124y
  • Class 2
  • 13 runners
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bet365 Scottish County Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Windy

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 1-7P33 CD

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Won the juvenile hurdle on this card 12 months ago and later secured a third success of that campaign at Ayr in April; well handicapped with Freddie Gingell taking off 5lb and there were signs of him returning to form when third to Benson over 2m4f here on New Year's Day (soft); this trip on drier ground is probably what he wants.

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1st

6

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Afadil

10st 13lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Won the juvenile hurdle on this card 12 months ago and later secured a third success of that campaign at Ayr in April; well handicapped with Freddie Gingell taking off 5lb and there were signs of him returning to form when third to Benson over 2m4f here on New Year's Day (soft); this trip on drier ground is probably what he wants.

13/2

3rd

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 2

13:10 Musselburgh

Afadil

11st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

took keen hold, prominent

4/1

3rd

2

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:00 Taunton

Afadil

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders

11/4

8/1

  • Place: £3.60

Form: 745-0

Last run: 63 days

W: 10st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Four Flat wins in France; just minor promise in maiden hurdles last season and didn't offer much on handicap debut at Fairyhouse in December (soft ground was no excuse); his Irish trainer always commands respect on British forays but this 5yo needs to turn a corner.

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2nd

11

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Zanndabad

10st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: A J Martin

Four Flat wins in France; just minor promise in maiden hurdles last season and didn't offer much on handicap debut at Fairyhouse in December (soft ground was no excuse); his Irish trainer always commands respect on British forays but this 5yo needs to turn a corner.

8/1

18th

13

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 165y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Zanndabad

11st 2lb

J: A P Heskin

T: A J Martin

Minor promise in maiden hurdles last season; a bit below form on the Flat since but potential improver over this trip making his handicap debut back in this sphere.

8/1

33/1

  • Place: £5.80

Form: 2-2419 CD

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

9th

9

1st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 3

13:45 Musselburgh

Cuban Cigar

11st 2lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

held up in last, lost touch and struggling after 6th

10/1

1st

4

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 4

14:10 Musselburgh

Cuban Cigar

11st 11lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

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.

8/1

Form: 1P-441 C

Last run: 33 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Won a 2m4f handicap here on New Year's Day for the second year running (Afadil third); 3lb rise sees him return to a career-high mark but Lewis Dobb's claim takes away 7lb this time and he's just as effective at 2m; hard to leave out of calculations.

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4th

1

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Benson

12st 0lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: Sandy Thomson

Won a 2m4f handicap here on New Year's Day for the second year running (Afadil third); 3lb rise sees him return to a career-high mark but Lewis Dobb's claim takes away 7lb this time and he's just as effective at 2m; hard to leave out of calculations.

4/1

1st

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 2

13:10 Musselburgh

Benson

11st 13lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

made all, set good pace

5/1

4th

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Aintree

Benson

12st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Sandy Thomson

Pulled up in Coral Cup on final run last season and didn't really shine on chase/seasonal debut at Carlisle; however, he's just 3lb higher than when winning a competitive handicap hurdle at Kelso in March (2m5f, good to soft; also effective on soft); second in this last year and capable of going well.

6/1

Form: 10-312 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Won a match at Bangor before finishing second of 11 over C&D (soft) on New Year's Day; that's probably as good as he is and Peter Kavanagh has been claiming 3lb this season; can give his running but might be vulnerable when it matters.

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5th

8

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Ballygeary

10st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won a match at Bangor before finishing second of 11 over C&D (soft) on New Year's Day; that's probably as good as he is and Peter Kavanagh has been claiming 3lb this season; can give his running but might be vulnerable when it matters.

11/1

2nd

7

1st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 3

13:45 Musselburgh

Ballygeary

11st 8lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

midfield

12/1

1st

2

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 3

12:36 Bangor-on-Dee

Ballygeary

11st 13lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

made all, soon went clear, reduced lead 4th, not fluent 6th, increased tempo on turn before 2 out, not fluent last, ridden out final 110yds

7/2

Form: 213114 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Looked progressive in winning back-to-back handicaps at Ayr (2m) and Haydock (2m3f; again good to soft) before a well-held fourth over C&D on New Year's Day when behind Ballygeary; wasn't helped by an early mistake that day and he did run on well at the finish; possibilities.

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6th

10

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Park Annonciade

10st 7lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

Looked progressive in winning back-to-back handicaps at Ayr (2m) and Haydock (2m3f; again good to soft) before a well-held fourth over C&D on New Year's Day when behind Ballygeary; wasn't helped by an early mistake that day and he did run on well at the finish; possibilities.

8/1

4th

5

1st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 3

13:45 Musselburgh

Park Annonciade

11st 9lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

in touch with leaders, lost position when bad mistake 2nd, towards rear after 6th

3/1

1st

10

25th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 2

13:15 Haydock

Park Annonciade

10st 3lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

Gamely won his second hurdle race from just four attempts at Ayr (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago, and the third has since boosted the form with a wide-margin success at Fakenham; 5lb rise is offset by his talented conditional rider's claim; shapes as if he'll be at least as effective over this longer distance; might be the answer.

6/1

Form: 24-P22 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

2nd

2

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 3

13:05 Doncaster

Parisencore

11st 8lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Three-time hurdle winner who was a promising second on last month's chase debut at Ayr (2m, good to soft) when back from a break; ran well on soft earlier in career; open to improvement over fences and one to consider.

4/1

2nd

6

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:28 Ayr

Parisencore

10st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

in touch with leaders, went second 7th, joined leader after 3 out, led but faced challenge after 2 out, headed from last, no match for winner

8/1

Form: U7-568 CD

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Won for a second time here when taking this 12 months ago, off just 2lb higher but also with Charlie Maggs claiming 10lb; this season has been slow getting going and he could have run better back here last time.

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8th

9

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Collingham

10st 8lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

Won for a second time here when taking this 12 months ago, off just 2lb higher but also with Charlie Maggs claiming 10lb; this season has been slow getting going and he could have run better back here last time.

12/1

8th

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 3

13:45 Musselburgh

Collingham

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

prominent on outer

16/1

6th

3

2nd Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 3

13:31 Doncaster

Collingham

11st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Only 3lb above his last winning mark; it was a strong handicap in which he struggled on final start of last season and it was a likeable return at Musselburgh (Class 3 over 1m7f; good to soft), a run that could well bring him on; Brian Hughes replaces his regular 10lb claimer, so at the weights he has plenty more on his plate.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: -37561 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Dual Flat winner who has gained both hurdle wins on slow ground at Limerick, latterly making pretty much all in a Listed handicap at Christmas; may need soft or heavy ground if he's to defy this high a mark on British debut.

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9th

3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Your Honor

11st 3lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

Dual Flat winner who has gained both hurdle wins on slow ground at Limerick, latterly making pretty much all in a Listed handicap at Christmas; may need soft or heavy ground if he's to defy this high a mark on British debut.

11/2

1st

7

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:30 Limerick

Your Honor

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

Dual Flat winner likes it soft; sole hurdles win from 11 starts came here; third to Media Naranja at Ballinrobe in May and gets a big pull at the weights with that rival here; didn't get home over 2m4f when sixth in decent contest at Navan last time.

10/1

6th

10

17th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:10 Navan

Your Honor

10st 4lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

led, headed halfway, led again 4 out

20/1

Form: 4-1136 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Twice made all at Kelso (good/soft) before a front-running third of 17 at Cheltenham (second handicap); didn't jump well enough to remain competitive when last of six at Kempton three weeks ago and he's better than that.

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10th

5

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Caithness

11st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Twice made all at Kelso (good/soft) before a front-running third of 17 at Cheltenham (second handicap); didn't jump well enough to remain competitive when last of six at Kempton three weeks ago and he's better than that.

9/1

6th

3

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:50 Kempton

Caithness

11st 3lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

took keen hold, led, mistake 1st, not fluent 2nd, mistake 3 out, headed home turn, not fluent 2 out, soon weakened

3/1

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 3

13:45 Musselburgh

Caithness

12st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Acts on soft; solid record (over 2m) this term, making all twice at Kelso then good third in big field at Cheltenham; still has low mileage; up a further 5l but he's improving; sound chance back in Scotland.

6/1

Form: 225-0P D

Last run: 67 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Won a novice hurdle for Dan Skelton before runner-up in two handicaps; signed off for that yard with a poor run and produced another in November on his one run for Ben Haslam; sold for £4,000 since; others have more going for them.

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5th

2

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

16:00 Newcastle

Hartur DOudairies

12st 1lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Brian Ellison

held up in rear

25/1

11th

12

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Hartur DOudairies

10st 4lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Brian Ellison

Won a novice hurdle for Dan Skelton before runner-up in two handicaps; signed off for that yard with a poor run and produced another in November on his one run for Ben Haslam; sold for £4,000 since; others have more going for them.

50/1

0

2

28th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

13:20 Sedgefield

Hartur DOudairies

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Won a novice hurdle in these colours for Dan Skelton and then twice runner-up in handicaps; stopped very quickly on chase debut at Warwick three weeks ago and now with Ben Haslam; hard to dismiss off a dangerous mark.

5/1

Form: 13/

Last run: 1091 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Running well at a useful level on the Flat for Keith Dalgleish when last raced in September 2021; had earlier run twice over hurdles, winning a Carlisle novice before a respectable effort raised in class here; comes with risks after so long out (22-1 when unruly at the post for an intended start at Warwick last month) but he's in good hands and couldn't be ruled out; tries blinkers (has run well in a visor).

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12th

7

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Sextant

10st 10lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Running well at a useful level on the Flat for Keith Dalgleish when last raced in September 2021; had earlier run twice over hurdles, winning a Carlisle novice before a respectable effort raised in class here; comes with risks after so long out (22-1 when unruly at the post for an intended start at Warwick last month) but he's in good hands and couldn't be ruled out; tries blinkers (has run well in a visor).

25/1

Form: 2916-2 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Useful dual-purpose performer but he's on a tough mark over hurdles, now 8lb higher than for his last win (last February) after going up 3lb for a narrow defeat at Doncaster; should give his running but others are preferred for win purposes.

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13th

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

First Impression

11st 5lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: John & Sean Quinn

Useful dual-purpose performer but he's on a tough mark over hurdles, now 8lb higher than for his last win (last February) after going up 3lb for a narrow defeat at Doncaster; should give his running but others are preferred for win purposes.

8/1

2nd

9

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 2

14:40 Doncaster

First Impression

10st 3lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: John Quinn

raced in second

16/1

0

2

(5)

28th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 3

15:55 Pontefract

First Impression

9st 7lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

In top form at Chester since returning from a three-month break, posting a win (1m2f, soft) then a good second (1m2f, good to soft); also effective elsewhere and he can give another good account.

11/2

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Straight Forecast £436.30
Tricast £10054.10
Trifecta £16191.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Afadil

TOPSPEED:

Ballygeary

THE NORTH:

First Impression

The Guardian:

Caithness

Telegraph:

Your Honor

RP RATINGS:

Benson

WEST COUNTRY:

Afadil

The Times:

Afadil

D Express:

Afadil

The Star:

Afadil

POSTDATA:

Ballygeary

Daily Mirror:

Ballygeary

Daily Record:

Ballygeary

Daily Mail:

First Impression

The Sun:

First Impression