February 18 / 15.50 Musselburgh

15.50

Soft

Every Race Live On Racing TV Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3696.7
  • 2m 3f 171y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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Every Race Live On Racing TV Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.90
  • Place: £3.20

Form: 540

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Hasn't shown much across his three hurdle starts (2m5f/2m) but he won an Irish maiden point (3m, soft) last April and now goes handicapping off a basement mark in first-time cheekpieces; Welsh trainer is 4-8 here and he's an interesting contender, especially if strong in the betting.
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10

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

15:10 Fakenham

Everyonesacritic

11st 5lb

T: Evan Williams

10

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

15:10 Fakenham

Everyonesacritic

11st 5lb

T: Evan Williams

4th

3

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 5

14:30 Sedgefield

Everyonesacritic

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Evan Williams

Irish point winner who displayed improvement under rules to score on handicap debut at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft; first-time cheekpieces) last month; could easily have more to offer and Brian Hughes is booked again.

5/2

9/1

  • Place: £5.40

Form: 35-696

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Kept on for fair third in 2m1f novice here (good to soft) last March but soundly beaten in all three handicaps and needs something extra.
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3rd

12

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 2

17:05 Musselburgh

Donso Star

10st 4lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

Ridden by Ben Smith on last four starts, latterly running out the narrow winner of a 2m5f good-ground handicap at Ayr (4lb lower); previous near miss was on soft; possibly improving.

10/1

3rd

12

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 2

17:05 Musselburgh

Donso Star

10st 4lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

Ridden by Ben Smith on last four starts, latterly running out the narrow winner of a 2m5f good-ground handicap at Ayr (4lb lower); previous near miss was on soft; possibly improving.

10/1

1st

8

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 4

13:58 Ayr

Donso Star

10st 2lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

0-7 over hurdles, but ran one of her best races under today's 10lb claimer when close second in a 2m4f novice handicap at Musselburgh last time; chance on that form despite 5lb higher mark (1lb out of the handicap).

10/1

15/2

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 42-417 BF

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Kept on well to win at Ayr (2m2f, soft) in December on second handicap start and when well beaten there (2m4f, heavy) next time he was hampered on a couple of occasions; this unexposed 5yo retains potential.
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7

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

15:00 Ayr

Beat The Retreat

11st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

Came good over hurdles here (2m2f, soft) in December, his fifth attempt, and put a lesser effort behind him when keeping-on third at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) last month; not yet fully exposed; enters calculations.

6/1

3rd

3

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Beat The Retreat

11st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders on outer

15/2

7th

3

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:15 Ayr

Beat The Retreat

11st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

Having his second start back from wind surgery when winning narrowly here (2m2f, soft; first two clear) 13 days ago; 6lb higher, but should be fine back up in trip and remains open to further progress; a player.

4/1

Form: 3-4555

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Nine-race maiden who has finished merely fifth over 3m here the last twice (soft), but has shaped on each occasion as though she could benefit from this drop back in trip and she's a possible contender.
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4th

5

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Theirshegoes

11st 3lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

prominent on inner

10/1

5th

8

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

15:30 Musselburgh

Theirshegoes

10st 9lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: Sandy Thomson

in touch with leaders, headway and prominent after 5th, led 7th

10/1

Form: -6589P

Last run: 54 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Down the field on handicap debut here in November and pulled up at Sedgefield on Boxing Day; lots of improvement needed in first-time cheekpieces.
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5th

12

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Kurphy

10st 2lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

raced in last

25/1

0

9

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 5

12:15 Sedgefield

Kurphy

10st 8lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: Iain Jardine

Achieved little so far over hurdles and needs to show a fair bit more before she's worth a bet.

20/1

Form: 7PP6P2

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Struggled in novice hurdles but encouraging signs when keeping on for second in first-time blinkers (retained) on handicap debut at Catterick (1m7f, soft) a fortnight ago, albeit no match for the well-treated winner; trainer is in good form and he could be in the mix now back up in trip.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

5

22nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

17:05 Hexham

Wotyoudunnow Buddy

10st 2lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Susan Corbett

0-7 over hurdles; seemed to respond well to first-time blinkers when second to progressive rival on handicap debut at Catterick (1m7f, soft) last month but wasn't quite in same form on either subsequent outing; needs today's headgear switch to give him a lift; 2lb out of the weights.

13/2

4th

5

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

15:50 Newcastle

Wotyoudunnow Buddy

10st 12lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Susan Corbett

led, not fluent 3rd, hit 5th, slow jump and headed 6th, outpaced and lost position 3 out, weakening when mistake 2 out

15/2

6th

8

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Wotyoudunnow Buddy

11st 0lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Susan Corbett

didn't always jump with fluency, led, reminder after 3rd

13/2

Form: 32-558

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Has returned from a long absence this winter and hasn't really shone on his three starts back, but he's dropped to a dangerous mark and there was a hint of spark two runs ago; not discounted.
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7th

4

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Barney Stinson

11st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Adam Nicol

prominent on outer

25/1

8th

5

25th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:10 Wetherby

Barney Stinson

11st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Adam Nicol

0-15 but he returned from long absence last month and took step back in right direction on second start back, when fifth of 14 at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) last time; could be working his way back into form and he stays 3m; edging down the weights and has each-way possibilities.

25/1

5th

2

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:15 Ayr

Barney Stinson

11st 12lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Adam Nicol

0-14 over hurdles; understandably got tired on his return from 494 days off at Carlisle (2m3f, good to soft) last month, but he will need to step up a fair bit in order to take a hand.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 4-P358

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Disappointing on last month's handicap debut at Kelso (2m, good to soft) but showed promise in 2m novice hurdles (good to soft/soft) towards end of last year and pedigree suggests this trip will suit; not written off.
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8th

2

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Blow The Budget

11st 12lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

towards rear

9/1

8th

2

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 5

12:50 Kelso

Blow The Budget

11st 11lb

J: Mr Jack Power

T: Lucinda Russell

Showed some ability in bumpers and in her last two novice hurdles; better is needed but these are early days (handicap debut) and she has tongue tied for the first time; 7lb-claiming amateur is recruited.

7/2

5th

10

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

11:50 Ayr

Blow The Budget

10st 9lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Hints of promise in bumpers and likewise when third in mares' novice hurdle at Kelso (2m, good to soft) on recent stable debut; that form puts her firmly in calculations in this weak race; unraced on soft/heavy.

4/1

Form: 4975/P

Last run: 66 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Pulled up on handicap debut at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy) in December when back from a long absence and it's hard to be confident on the back of that; however, he may have needed the run and showed signs of promise in bumpers in 2021; on a basement mark and he's not a forlorn hope.
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9th

11

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Kian Calling

10st 4lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Nicky Richards

midfield on outer

14/1

0

9

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

11:55 Newcastle

Kian Calling

10st 7lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Nicky Richards

Absent since March 2022 but returns with stable in fine form; has shown hints of ability and makes handicap debut off a basement mark, with the step up in trip a possible plus; interesting, especially if well backed.

5/1

Form: 3P-215

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Went close on reappearance at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) in November then comfortably went one better there (2m5f, soft) next time; below par at Newcastle since but perhaps the good ground didn't suit and it will be no surprise if he bounces back with a big run; a tongue-tie returns.
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9

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

15:00 Ayr

Eden Mill

10st 13lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

Displayed significant improvement to win easily at Kelso (2m5f, soft) in November, his ninth start over hurdles, but was not in same form on either subsequent appearance and now has a point to prove.

14/1

10th

7

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Eden Mill

11st 1lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

in rear

7/1

5th

7

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:15 Newcastle

Eden Mill

10st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

prominent on outer

9/2

Form: 75472U

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Runner-up to progressive winner over C&D in December and a case can be made on that form; however, she's inconsistent and was fading when unseating three out here (1m7f) last month; now 0-17 and not a solid option.
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11th

9

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Dot Cotton

10st 13lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: R Mike Smith

towards rear

9/1

0

11

5th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 5

14:30 Musselburgh

Dot Cotton

11st 2lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: R Mike Smith

She's a 16-race maiden but she ran well when second here (2m4f, good to soft) last month off a career-low mark (behind comfortable winner Lihyan who is due to run in the 1:55); back up 1lb today; might not be far away.

9/1

2nd

4

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

Dot Cotton

11st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: R Mike Smith

On dangerous mark but she's still a maiden after 15 starts and has an uninspiring record of 4937677547 in handicaps; others preferred.

9/1

Form: -2P513 C BF

Last run: 62 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Off the mark over hurdles at the 14th attempt over 3m here (soft) in November, and fair third behind improving winner here (3m, good to soft) last time; a first-time visor replaces cheekpieces today; should be fine now back down in trip and he's one to consider.
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8

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

18:10 Musselburgh

Sanosuke

10st 2lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Refused to line up and was withdrawn from intended penultimate start; weakened into seventh last time at Ayr (3m, good) but he won over C&D on soft in November and a repeat of that will see him competitive.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £200.80
Straight Forecast £206.69
Tricast £1501.25
Trifecta £1201.20

Selections

Telegraph:

Sanosuke

SPOTLIGHT:

Everyonesacritic

POSTDATA:

Wotyoudunnow Buddy

Daily Record:

Beat The Retreat

RP RATINGS:

Dot Cotton

D Express:

Everyonesacritic

The Times:

Wotyoudunnow Buddy

Daily Mirror:

Sanosuke

The Sun:

Sanosuke

The Star:

Sanosuke