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16:00 Musselburgh

Good To Soft

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  • Prize money: £10562
  • 2m 7f 138y
  • Class 3
  • 9 runners
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Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Windy

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.25
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 337-11 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Sprinted well clear of the others with a well-handicapped rival at Market Rasen (3m, good to soft) last month and is now 2-2 for Brian Ellison; latest 4lb rise does not look excessive and he can complete the hat-trick.

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1st

7

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:08 Newcastle

Anglers Crag

11st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Had wind surgery last August and is 3-3 for his new yard since; edged it in a fine duel over 3m2f at Carlisle on first occasion, followed by two wins at about 3m and he drew 11l clear from four out when a heavily backed favourite at Musselburgh on latest; all those were on good to soft but he did well on soft to heavy in Ireland early in career; up another 11lb and markedly in trip too, but he's a rising force and may well have more in the tank.

4/1

1st

7

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Anglers Crag

11st 1lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Sprinted well clear of the others with a well-handicapped rival at Market Rasen (3m, good to soft) last month and is now 2-2 for Brian Ellison; latest 4lb rise does not look excessive and he can complete the hat-trick.

11/4

1st

6

9th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 3

14:10 Market Rasen

Anglers Crag

10st 10lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Point/hurdles/bumper winner who got off the mark over fences on stable debut at Carlisle last time (3m2f, good to soft; first run after wind surgery); stiffer task off this 5lb higher mark and this is a very different track, but worth considering.

3/1

11/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 15U2-8

Last run: 100 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Made a satisfactory seasonal debut when midfield over 2m4f in October and has not raced since but he has slipped to a workable mark and is unexposed over this sort of trip; not ruled out.

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1st

2

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 4

15:20 Musselburgh

Captain Quint

11st 12lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Didn't jump well when 11l second over C&D (good to soft) a fortnight ago, but he was behind a thriving winner and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces will help him find greater fluency; versatile ground-wise; a possible.

8/1

2nd

5

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Captain Quint

11st 3lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Made a satisfactory seasonal debut when midfield over 2m4f in October and has not raced since but he has slipped to a workable mark and is unexposed over this sort of trip; not ruled out.

11/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 121-3F CD

Last run: 84 days

W: 10st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Dual course winner (2m4f/3m) for new stable last season and made quite a pleasing reappearance when placed at Carlisle in the autumn; in contention before penultimate-fence fall at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) in November and sure to be suited by the return to this track; one to consider.

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2nd

4

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 4

15:20 Musselburgh

Massini Man

11st 3lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Won twice here last season (2m4f/3m, good to soft/soft) and fair third over C&D (good to soft) a fortnight ago when about 3l behind the runner-up Captain Quint; might not be far away.

8/1

3rd

9

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Massini Man

10st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Sandy Thomson

Dual course winner (2m4f/3m) for new stable last season and made quite a pleasing reappearance when placed at Carlisle in the autumn; in contention before penultimate-fence fall at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) in November and sure to be suited by the return to this track; one to consider.

7/1

Form: 7-2U13 CD

Last run: 33 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Posted career-best performance when scoring by 7l over C&D (soft) in November; not quite in same form when well-held third here (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day, though, and might remain vulnerable off a mark this high.

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4th

1

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Half Shot

12st 0lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Posted career-best performance when scoring by 7l over C&D (soft) in November; not quite in same form when well-held third here (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day, though, and might remain vulnerable off a mark this high.

7/1

3rd

7

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

14:20 Musselburgh

Half Shot

11st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Iain Jardine

Proved suited by the return to this venue (2m7f, soft) last time, scoring by 7l and taking Musselburgh form figures to 1321; creditable third in this contest 12 months ago and looks likely to go well again, for all that he's now on a career-high mark.

5/1

1st

3

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

14:45 Musselburgh

Half Shot

11st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Iain Jardine

Hasn't won for over a year but has recorded some good efforts nonetheless; stays 3m2f and acts on good or slower; unseated in the Grand Sefton latest but very much entitled to consideration despite his career high mark.

3/1

Form: F1-6U1 D

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Returned to form with front-running win at Ayr (3m, soft) in December and is now 3-9 over fences; should be fine on this right-handed track but latest 7lb rise demands more from him and he may not be allowed an uncontested lead this time.

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5th

4

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Readysteadybeau

11st 6lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Returned to form with front-running win at Ayr (3m, soft) in December and is now 3-9 over fences; should be fine on this right-handed track but latest 7lb rise demands more from him and he may not be allowed an uncontested lead this time.

4/1

Form: 23-P11 C

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Ended 2023 in excellent form, winning from the front at Doncaster (2m3f, good) and Ludlow (2m4f, soft); he turned the latter race into a stamina test and might be seen to even better effect over this longer trip; respected.

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6th

6

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Cartonne

11st 2lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

Ended 2023 in excellent form, winning from the front at Doncaster (2m3f, good) and Ludlow (2m4f, soft); he turned the latter race into a stamina test and might be seen to even better effect over this longer trip; respected.

5/1

1st

1

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Cartonne

12st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Dual Musselburgh winner who made all at Doncaster (2m3f, good) last month despite jumping to his right at times; he was nicely on at top in the finish and has only gone up 3lb.

7/2

1st

6

17th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

14:10 Doncaster

Cartonne

11st 10lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Began chasing career with two 2m4f wins at Musselburgh (both on good to soft) in February/March but ended last season with a subdued performance and also disappointed when back in action last month; now has a point to prove.

9/1

Form: 3212-P D

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Dug deep to lead close home at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) for Patrick Griffin last spring but, following a break, made lacklustre stable debut in December; the refitted cheekpieces need to make a huge difference today.

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3

19th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 3

16:00 Carlisle

Chameron

11st 9lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Jackie Stephen

In good form for Patrick Griffin last spring, including a win at Hexham (2m4f, heavy); however, this 11yo has struggled this winter on his first two starts for a new yard and a dramatic turnaround is needed.

50/1

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Chameron

11st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jackie Stephen

Dug deep to lead close home at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) for Patrick Griffin last spring but, following a break, made lacklustre stable debut in December; the refitted cheekpieces need to make a huge difference today.

33/1

0

1

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 3

13:20 Ayr

Chameron

12st 2lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Jackie Stephen

Won at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) in March on penultimate run for Patrick Griffin and should be fine now back up in trip; changed hands for £8,000 in May and new trainer had a stable and seasonal debutant go close at 33-1 at Kelso recently; capable of a bold show.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2-P6P4 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Not firing on all cylinders since returning in the autumn from a break, and the addition of blinkers (retained) did not appear to make much difference at Punchestown three weeks ago; now has tongue-tie fitted for first time since maiden hurdle win in 2021; needs to up his game but respected Irish trainer has booked Brian Hughes.

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4th

9

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 189y

17:10 Punchestown

Routine Excellence

12st 3lb

J: Rachel Doody

T: Gavin Cromwell

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14/1

3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Routine Excellence

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Gavin Cromwell

Not firing on all cylinders since returning in the autumn from a break, and the addition of blinkers (retained) did not appear to make much difference at Punchestown three weeks ago; now has tongue-tie fitted for first time since maiden hurdle win in 2021; needs to up his game but respected Irish trainer has booked Brian Hughes.

7/1

4th

5

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 6f 148y

15:35 Punchestown

Routine Excellence

11st 7lb

J: Mr D G Lavery

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won at Thurles last March and backed that up with a good second at Fairyhouse; hampered by a faller when pulled up in a valuable Killarney handicap on his final run before a break; less easy to excuse poor performances on his first two outings of the current campaign; blinkers may rekindle his enthusiasm.

5/1

Form: 11P-36 CD

Last run: 65 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Finished with a flourish to win lower-grade version of this race a year ago and followed up in C&D match race a fortnight later; back down to a similar mark now but posed no threat behind Half Shot here in November, after a break, and has been off for another 65 days since.

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8

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Methodtothemadness

10st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Finished with a flourish to win lower-grade version of this race a year ago and followed up in C&D match race a fortnight later; back down to a similar mark now but posed no threat behind Half Shot here in November, after a break, and has been off for another 65 days since.

11/1

6th

7

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

14:45 Musselburgh

Methodtothemadness

11st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Dual C&D winner in two small-field events last season; acts on good or slower; absent since may and has had wind surgery; goes well when fresh and should be competitive from this mark.

15/2

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Payout
Exacta £163.00
Straight Forecast £139.00
Tricast £560.40
Trifecta £865.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Anglers Crag

POSTDATA:

Cartonne

The Guardian:

Readysteadybeau

TOPSPEED:

Half Shot

Telegraph:

Cartonne

Daily Mail:

Readysteadybeau

RP RATINGS:

Anglers Crag

The Times:

Anglers Crag

D Express:

Anglers Crag

Daily Mirror:

Anglers Crag

The Star:

Anglers Crag

Daily Record:

Anglers Crag

The Sun:

Half Shot