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16:45 Musselburgh

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Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

Form: 95316- D

Last run: 182 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 4yo who hit a new high with 5f Chester win last autumn and may still have more to offer; both successes have come on ground softer than good; not discounted after six months off.

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6th

6

(9)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 15y

Class 3

15:10 Chester

Seantrabh

8st 11lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

Sharp 5f on slow ground seems to suit him well and he ran out a ready winner over C&D four weeks ago; 4lb rise not beyond him but he's likely to face competition up front and the widest draw isn't ideal.

11/2

1st

4

(9)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 15y

Class 4

14:45 Chester

Seantrabh

9st 5lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

took keen hold, prominent, led over 2f out, ridden and kept on from 1f out, comfortably

10/1

Form: 3516-0 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Versatile trip-wise (wins at 5f and 7f in 2023) and loves Musselburgh; might have needed the run at Newcastle on reappearance but she was soundly beaten even so and needs to build on that significantly.

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12th

5

(8)

3rd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Newcastle (AW)

Rock Melody

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

slowly into stride, raced in last

20/1

6th

5

(8)

22nd Nov 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 4

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Rock Melody

9st 7lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Jim Goldie

Did well to record third win at Musselburgh, given where she challenged from, last time (7f), seemingly responding well to first-time cheekpieces (retained here); 3lb higher mark could be defied; won a novice here.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 4554-4 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Tends to come to hand early and scored at the Lincoln meeting last spring; far from disgraced when 2l fourth of seven at Southwell (6f, AW) on reappearance three weeks ago; all her wins have come over 5f on soft turf, so she has plenty in her favour now returning to the grass.

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9th

10

(2)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

Ey Up Its Maggie

9st 4lb

J: Tommie Jakes

T: Tony Coyle & Kaine Wood

Five-time turf winner, the latest of them over 5f here last summer off 2lb higher; 6f on heavy ground might just stretch her stamina.

14/1

7th

7

(2)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Thirsk

Ey Up Its Maggie

9st 2lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Tony Coyle & Kaine Wood

5f on soft ground looks ideal for her and last season's two wins both came off higher marks than today's; last month's return at Southwell (6f) was encouraging and she's more appealing than many.

8/1

Form: 71-906 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Missed the second half of 2023 and might have needed his first three runs this term, showing a bit more when sixth of nine at Newcastle 17 days ago; slipping in the weights and Jason Hart is a positive booking.

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6th

8

(10)

13th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

19:15 Newcastle (AW)

Our Absent Friends

9st 7lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Tristan Davidson

Well beaten in two runs here this year and still 2lb higher than for his Ayr win last July; likely to come good again at some point but perhaps not here.

33/1

11th

9

(2)

10th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

18:45 Newcastle (AW)

Our Absent Friends

9st 3lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Tristan Davidson

towards rear

20/1

Form: 01334- CD BF

Last run: 166 days

W: 9st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Three 5f wins in 2023 made it nine in total, and he reappears off just a 1lb higher mark than for his latest success; dangerous if fully fit after nearly six months off; one of three Jim Goldie-trained runners.

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4th

3

(7)

16th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 1y

Class 5

15:05 Musselburgh

Jordan Electrics

9st 7lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Made it three 5f wins for the year (good to firm/good to soft) when scoring at Carlisle last month; he's been a good third in competitive 6f handicaps the last twice and every chance he'll be thereabouts once more.

9/2

Form: 4459-1 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

Ground softer than good is ideal and he ran away with an 11-runner race at Doncaster last Sunday; carries a penalty today but Mia Nicholls' 5lb claim helps offset that; big chance with conditions again perfect.

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7th

11

(3)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

Thornaby Pearl

9st 2lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Nicholls

Ran away with a C&D handicap last July (soft) and created a positive impression at Doncaster on her reappearance last month (5f, soft); not so good at Bath 11 days ago though and others appeal more in this field.

10/1

4th

1

(7)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 10y

Class 5

17:25 Bath

Thornaby Pearl

9st 12lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Nicholls

Looks good on his day and he was the impressive winner of a soft-ground 5f handicap at Doncaster a fortnight ago; 7lb rise less of a concern than the fact he failed to kick on from a similarly dominant victory at Ripon last summer.

9/4

Form: 02213-

Last run: 191 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Didn't race as a 2yo and progressed steadily last year, winning at Carlisle (6f, good to firm) and finishing third in a big field at Ayr (5f, good to soft) on his final start; like stablemate Jordan Electrics, he'll be a big threat if ready to roll after an absence.

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3rd

4

(21)

21st Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

14:25 Ayr

American Affair

9st 11lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

In-form 3yo who may improve further; runner-up twice over 7f here this summer, then went one better over 6f at Carlisle (good to firm) last time; likely player if coping with drop back to 5f (second attempt).

6/1

Form: 21100-

Last run: 147 days

W: 8st 13lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

6f Hamilton specialist, last five wins over that C&D; probably best watched after five months off with usual blinkers missing.

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12th

11

(8)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Thirsk

Iris Dancer

8st 9lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Tristan Davidson

Hamilton specialist; ended 2023 with two poor runs on heavy ground (handles it); not on a bad mark ahead of her reappearance but this might not be her day.

25/1

14th

18

(20)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:02 Newmarket

Iris Dancer

8st 12lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Tristan Davidson

raced near side, in rear

40/1

Form: 0-7992 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Best of four efforts since joining current yard when chasing home Thornaby Pearl at Doncaster last weekend; however, needs to improve again on that form to reverse the placings; hood fitted for first time.

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2nd

5

(10)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 5

16:50 Doncaster

Son Of Sampers

9st 4lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: David & Nicola Barron

Of interest on his Irish form but he hasn't caught light for new connections yet, including when a short-priced favourite on his stable debut in January; handles soft ground but best turf efforts have come on good; needs to be reinvigorated by the return to turf.

12/1

9th

7

(11)

12th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 4f 214y

Class 5

20:00 Southwell (AW)

Son Of Sampers

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: David & Nicola Barron

Disappointed when well backed on his stable debut at Newcastle in January; stiff task in a better race last time; Rossa Ryan booked and could yet come good.

10/1

Form: 417-28 CD

Last run: 18 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

Has raced only seven times; bumped into a very progressive type at Newcastle (5f, AW) in January; bit disappointing at Southwell next time but now returns to the C&D of his sole success (on good to soft); impossible to rule out back at Musselburgh.

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1st

1

(1)

8th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 6

15:20 Newcastle (AW)

Whisky McGonagall

9st 10lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

made all

7/1

8th

8

(8)

12th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 4f 214y

Class 5

20:00 Southwell (AW)

Whisky McGonagall

9st 3lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Lightly raced sprinter who took a step forward when second to The Caltonian (who is now rated 14lb higher) at Newcastle nine weeks ago; can win races on AW but this one looks quite lively.

5/1

Form: 1267-7

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 10lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Usually runs over 6f, scoring twice over that trip at Hamilton last year; below par at Newcastle on reappearance and is still 4lb higher than for last win; others have more obvious claims.

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7th

3

(8)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

18:40 Newcastle (AW)

Giselles Izzy

9st 8lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Iain Jardine

dwelt start, in rear throughout

10/1

7th

2

(5)

14th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

20:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Giselles Izzy

9st 12lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: Iain Jardine

In good form at Hamilton last month, winning a Class 6 before a good second in a Class 4 fillies event; ridden by an inexperienced amateur last time and shouldn't be judged to harshly on the run; 6f on Tapeta no issue and she's one to take seriously.

9/2

Form: -52691 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 8st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

Ended a long losing run at Doncaster (5f, soft) last weekend, making all in clearcut style; well treated under a penalty and also thrown in on his best form from two years ago; strong contender if on another going day.

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8th

12

(10)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Thirsk

Zargun

8st 7lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Scott Dixon

Had some smart form on slow ground in his prime and having tumbled down the weights he finally capitalised with an impressive win at Doncaster 16 days ago (5f, soft); up 6lb in a better race but the runner-up at Doncaster has since won well and he has conditions to suit; other pace to deal with but he's more appealing than many.

11/2

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Betting Forcast

7/1 Seantrabh, 14/1 Rock Melody, 10/1 Ey Up Its Maggie, 12/1 Our Absent Friends, 11/1 Jordan Electrics, 5/2 Thornaby Pearl, 7/1 American Affair, 33/1 Iris Dancer, 6/1 Son Of Sampers, 14/1 Whisky McGonagall, 33/1 Giselles Izzy, 11/2 Zargun

Verdict

Last weekend’s Doncaster winners Thornaby Pearl (second choice) and Zargun are big threats under their penalties but preference is for EY UP IT’S MAGGIE, who shaped well on her reappearance and now encounters optimum conditions. Jim Goldie sets a poser by running three, and all of them need serious consideration, as does the lightly raced Whisky McGonagall.[Richard O’Brien]

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Thornaby Pearl

The Sun:

American Affair

TOPSPEED:

Our Absent Friends

Daily Mail:

Jordan Electrics

Daily Record:

Zargun

POSTDATA:

Thornaby Pearl

The Times:

Thornaby Pearl

Telegraph:

Thornaby Pearl

The Guardian:

Thornaby Pearl

D Express:

Thornaby Pearl

Daily Mirror:

Thornaby Pearl

The Star:

Thornaby Pearl