January 01 / 13.00 Musselburgh

13.00

Soft

Fitzdares Happy New Year Handicap Hurdle (Go North Brindisi Breeze Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 7f 180y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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Fitzdares Happy New Year Handicap Hurdle (Go North Brindisi Breeze Series Qualifier)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 114222 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Won two in a row in May and he's been a good second on his last three starts towards the end of 2022 (3m/3m2f, good to soft); unproven on soft; every chance he'll be bang there if conditions suit.
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6th

7

9th Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

16:17 Perth

Brandy McQueen

11st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

in touch with leaders

12/1

6th

5

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Brandy McQueen

11st 10lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Four-time hurdle winner who won by 19l over fences here (2m7f, good to soft) in October; well treated on that form but he's lost his way in last four starts and was well held back over hurdles last time; has something to prove and he needs to turn things around; cheekpieces removed.

25/1

6th

5

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Brandy McQueen

11st 10lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Four-time hurdle winner who won by 19l over fences here (2m7f, good to soft) in October; well treated on that form but he's lost his way in last four starts and was well held back over hurdles last time; has something to prove and he needs to turn things around; cheekpieces removed.

25/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 4-1318

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Won at Kelso (2m6f, good) in May and was back on the scoresheet two starts later when scoring at Kelso (2m, good to soft) in October; not ruled out but he comes with risks attached having been reluctant to line up when well beaten at Newcastle (2m, soft) most recently.
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4th

4

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

13:05 Kelso

Lock Down Luke

11st 1lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Jackie Stephen

in touch with leaders, lost position 7th, headway and keeping on before 2 out, no impression before last

9/1

6th

2

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Lock Down Luke

11st 10lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jackie Stephen

Both hurdle wins at Kelso, over 2m6f (good) and 2m (good to soft) but his C&D second on New Year's Day was right up there with his best efforts, pulling clear with subsequent Pertemps close seventh; 5lb higher today but is more likely than not to go well.

13/2

2

19th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

15:55 Musselburgh

Lock Down Luke

11st 13lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jackie Stephen

Won twice last year and a clear runner-up over C&D (soft) on New Year's Day, behind one who has followed up; again second at Kelso (2m6f, good) on Friday and he's a contender if this doesn't come too soon.

6/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 25P-73

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Has won just one of his 26 starts but, following a break, he returned to form with a good third over C&D in November (good to soft; also effective on soft); has the same mark today and could be thereabouts once more.
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10

16th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 149y

Class 4

16:00 Newcastle

Lastofthecosmics

10st 8lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Iain Jardine

Slightly disappointing at Perth three weeks ago but was in good form beforehand, notably when winning at Musselburgh (3m, soft); also suited by this track and has a fighting chance if back on song.

8/1

5th

5

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 5

16:35 Perth

Lastofthecosmics

11st 6lb

J: Miss Ailsa McClung

T: Iain Jardine

Led late on to deny Red Missile in a 3m soft-ground handicap at Musselburgh in February and again finished ahead of that rival when fourth in a Class 2 on his return visit; having a solid season and likely to be in the mix.

11/2

4th

13

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Lastofthecosmics

10st 5lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Iain Jardine

In good form back hurdling and although just a remote third behind runner-up Lock Down Luke over C&D in January he found a late spurt to deny Red Missile close home back here last month (soft); similar effort would see him involved.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: /345-1

Last run: 71 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Very lightly raced 7yo for whom things clicked with a win at Kelso (3m2f, good to soft) in October on his second handicap start; had something to spare from solid yardstick Brandy McQueen and he's respected up 5lb.
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0

4

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

14:10 Kelso

Cosmic Outlaw

11st 6lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Rose Dobbin

in touch with leaders, cajoled along before 4th, mistake 8th, pushed along and dropped to last with one circuit to go, slow jump and lost touch 10th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out

8/1

6th

6

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

13:05 Kelso

Cosmic Outlaw

11st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Rose Dobbin

in touch with leaders, lost position 5th, towards rear 7th, pushed along from 9th, rallied before 2 out, weakened and no chance before last

20/1

Form: 5-5408

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Well beaten towards the end of 2022 in her first two handicaps (2m5f/2m6f); hard to fancy on that evidence but it's still early days and she hinted at staying promise in a bumper (here) and a novice hurdle; there's potential in her pedigree and she's not written off.
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5th

10

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

13:00 Musselburgh

Pasture Beach

10st 2lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Well beaten towards the end of 2022 in her first two handicaps (2m5f/2m6f); hard to fancy on that evidence but it's still early days and she hinted at staying promise in a bumper (here) and a novice hurdle; there's potential in her pedigree and she's not written off.

12/1

8th

7

4th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

14:40 Kelso

Pasture Beach

10st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Placed in a bumper in the spring but has made underwhelming start to her hurdling career; well down the field when upped to 2m5f for handicap debut here (good) in October and needs subsequent wind op (her third) to have made a big difference.

14/1

Form: 12P655 D

Last run: 85 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Won off an 8lb higher mark over fences at Hexham in June and this is her first run since wind surgery, which could be a positive; however, she's been badly out of form in chases on her last four starts and she has a modest 1-15 record over hurdles; plenty to prove.
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5th

6

25th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 15y

Class 4

16:23 Hexham

Dolly Dancer

10st 11lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

led, ridden and headed after 2 out, weakened run-in

10/1

5th

3

17th Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

16:55 Hexham

Dolly Dancer

11st 5lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Maurice Barnes

Has become very unreliable but seemed to run well when third of four in tactical race at Kelso three weeks ago, and this dual C&D winner can't be ruled out off a career-low chase mark.

7/2

3rd

4

28th May 2023

Good To Firm

2m 5f 133y

Class 4

15:00 Kelso

Dolly Dancer

10st 8lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Maurice Barnes

Doesn't look entirely solid on recent form but shaped better than the bare result at Hexham five days ago; gained both handicap wins off higher marks and receives plenty of weight all round in this field; possibilities if anywhere near best.

5/1

Form: F05004

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Hasn't shown much across his six starts, in handicaps the last twice (here most recently); however, things may click at some point and he's one to watch in the betting now up in trip in first-time cheekpieces.
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9

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

14:35 Ayr

No Mor Isolation

11st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

One of three Irish challengers in the field; holds weak claims on form and proved reluctant to race at Sedgefield most recently; however, may improve with Daryl Jacob up for first time.

16/1

12

13th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 5

13:50 Sedgefield

No Mor Isolation

11st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: S R B Crawford

Trained in Northern Ireland; lightly raced but low-level form at best, beaten 27l, 29l and 55l in his three handicaps; tried cheekpieces on latest start, now has a tongue-tie and visor.

25/1

9

2nd Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:15 Ayr

No Mor Isolation

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Irish-trained maiden who has finished well down the field at Musselburgh on his last two starts, most recently yesterday in first-time cheekpieces; now wears a first-time visor and has plenty to prove.

16/1

Form: 813-51

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Her three wins have come on good ground and the recent rain may be a negative for her claims, but she's run some fair races on good to soft and may have more to offer for this yard, having won readily on her stable debut at Newcastle in November; major player if handling conditions.
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3rd

6

11th Jun 2024

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

18:05 Southwell

Starlyte

11st 5lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

midfield, jumped left 1st

5/1

5th

7

26th May 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

16:00 Kelso

Starlyte

11st 1lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

led narrowly, headed after 3 out, weakened gradually after 2 out

12/1

5th

7

26th May 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

16:00 Kelso

Starlyte

11st 1lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

led narrowly, headed after 3 out, weakened gradually after 2 out

12/1

Form: P4UF-P

Last run: 222 days

W: 11st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Useful hurdler/chaser up to 2019 and won two points in April 2022; however, he was pulled up in a hunter chase in May last time out and this 11yo may be best watched now over hurdles for the first time since 2018.
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6

13th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 5

13:50 Sedgefield

Wonderoftheworld

11st 7lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Hannah McMahon

Formerly pretty useful (mostly as a chaser) and also won two points last April; however, pulled up at big odds in a hunter chase last May and a handicap hurdle 12 days ago.

100/1

5

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

13:00 Musselburgh

Wonderoftheworld

11st 2lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Hannah McMahon

Useful hurdler/chaser up to 2019 and won two points in April 2022; however, he was pulled up in a hunter chase in May last time out and this 11yo may be best watched now over hurdles for the first time since 2018.

33/1

Form: 15/26- C

Last run: 466 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Absent since a below-par chase run in September 2021 but he's well handicapped on that year's chase form and has won here over hurdles; not ruled out on return but others have less to prove.
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0

6

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 5

12:10 Musselburgh

Not The Chablis

11st 4lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: N W Alexander

C&D winner who has dropped to a tempting mark but he needs to produce more than on his last two starts, most recently a 12l seventh behind a few of these over C&D (good to soft); reapplied cheekpieces replace visor (he's been similarly effective in both forms of headgear in the past).

8/1

7th

6

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 5

14:55 Musselburgh

Not The Chablis

11st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

His last win was was off 1lb higher over C&D in March 2021; lightly raced since but he still retains most of his ability and he caught the eye with his staying-on sixth at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft) last month; wasn't beaten far in that race and he's in the mix back over this more suitable trip.

9/1

Form: 696-60

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Placed in bumpers and he's on a basement mark over hurdles; however, he's struggled to get competitive over hurdles (including in three handicaps) and the first-time blinkers need to make a big difference.
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5th

9

19th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:50 Musselburgh

Northern Falcon

11st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

prominent

8/1

9

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 34y

Class 5

15:10 Sedgefield

Northern Falcon

10st 4lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

Pulled hard in first-time blinkers and was in a clear lead when taking the wrong course after the fifth flight at Musselburgh last time; his claims aren't compelling on earlier hurdle form; a visor goes on this time.

16/1

11

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

13:00 Musselburgh

Northern Falcon

10st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

Placed in bumpers and he's on a basement mark over hurdles; however, he's struggled to get competitive over hurdles (including in three handicaps) and the first-time blinkers need to make a big difference.

25/1

Non-runners

Starlyte

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £19.60
Straight Forecast £18.91
Tricast £60.17
Trifecta £74.60

Selections

RP Ratings:

Cosmic Outlaw

The Times:

Brandy McQueen

SPOTLIGHT:

Starlyte

POSTDATA:

Lastofthecosmics

D Express:

Not The Chablis

Daily Mail:

Brandy McQueen

The Sun:

Brandy McQueen

TOPSPEED:

Cosmic Outlaw

Telegraph:

Cosmic Outlaw

Daily Mirror:

Cosmic Outlaw

The Star:

Cosmic Outlaw

Daily Record:

Cosmic Outlaw