Mussel Club Handicap Chase 2m 110y

  • (5yo+, 2m 110y, Class 5, 7 runners)
  • Winner £2,144 2nd £630 3rd £315 4th £157
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 47.30s
  • Off time: 16:10:19
Full result
Result 16:10 Newcastle
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 4 Vardas Supreme 6/1
2nd 7 Sleep In First 10 2/1f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 F6-U443
DARK GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), striped sleeves Or d'Oudairies (FR) 44
  • T:Ferdy Murphy
  • J:J Reveley
  • Form: F6-U443
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-12t
  • OR: 92
  • Naps:
11 166 11-12 t Ferdy Murphy J Reveley 92 8/1
2 503352
LIGHT BLUE, BROWN epaulets, hooped sleeves Prince Tam 26
  • T:Mrs H O Graham
  • J:Gary Rutherford
  • Form: 503352
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-8p
  • OR: 88
  • Naps:
9 162 11-8 p Mrs H O Graham Gary Rutherford (5) 88 9/2
3 P/43-PF4
Red, Black stars, sleeves and star on cap Fightstar (FR) 34
  • T:Miss Lucinda V Russell
  • J:P Buchanan
  • Form: P/43-PF4
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-6p
  • OR: 86
  • Naps:
9 160 11-6 p Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 86 7/1
4 023363
Pink, purple striped sleeves, purple cap Vardas Supreme (IRE) 34
  • T:Miss J E Foster
  • J:Ryan Mania
  • Form: 023363
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-5pt
  • OR: 85
  • Naps:
10 159 11-5 pt Miss J E Foster Ryan Mania 85 6/1
5 78-P313
Purple, White triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, quartered cap Avanos (FR) 208
  • T:P A Kirby
  • J:R McGrath
  • Form: 78-P313
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR: 83
  • Naps:
8 157 11-3 P A Kirby R McGrath 83 5/1
6 1435-04
Light blue, white disc, halved sleeves, white cap Transact (IRE) 36
  • T:M Todhunter
  • J:Graham Watters
  • Form: 1435-04
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-1p
  • OR: 81
  • Naps:
8 155 11-1 p M Todhunter Graham Watters (7) 81 14/1
7 77P-43F
Dark Blue, Emerald Green spots and sleeves, Red cap Sleep In First (FR) 35
  • T:J Ewart
  • J:B Hughes
  • Form: 77P-43F
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-1
  • OR: 81
  • Naps:
7 155 11-1 J Ewart B Hughes 81 2/1f

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
8 907-34F
Little Jimmy 52
  • Nag Me
  • T:T R Gretton
  • J:Felix De Giles
  • Form: 907-34F
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-8
  • OR: 74
  • Naps:
6 108 T R Gretton Felix De Giles 74 NR

In depth

Verdict

Transact won this narrowly a year ago from Prince Tam but arrives badly out of form and the runner-up can turn the tables. Sleep In First has been heavily supported in his last three races and may have justified the confidence at Musselburgh last time but for falling. He must be thought capable of better while another last-time faller, Little Jimmy, was in the process of running his best race to date at Folkestone in December and has plenty of improvement in him. Or d'Oudairies has won once in 24 starts over fences despite slipping down the ratings and Vardas Supreme is still a maiden after 18 career starts. It's a long time since AVANOS ran but a chance is taken on his fitness as he scored over hurdles from this mark in July and ran well enough on his chasing debut a week later.

Formwatch

Little Jimmy 7-2 (10-13) Held up in touch, headway to 3rd approaching 11th, went 2nd 3 out, ridden and 2 lengths down when fell last, in a race won by Sulpius (12-0) at Folkestone 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Dec, 6 ran.

Vardas Supreme (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, every chance before 4 out, ridden 2 out, kept on, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Dingo Bay (10-7) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.

Sleep In First (FR) 7-4fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led 6 out, going well and about 3 lengths when fell 4 out, in a race won by Silver Steel (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Jan, 5 ran.

Or d'Oudairies (FR) 9-1 (10-6) Held up mid-division, soon chased leaders, went 3rd before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Billy Cuckoo (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.

Transact (IRE) 11-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3rd, reminders after 5th and 6th, mistake 3 out, soon weakened, last of 4, well behind Sergeant Pink (10-12) at Ayr 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.

Prince Tam 7-1 (10-5) Led until 4th, soon led again, headed 2 out, no extra flat, 2nd of 6, 11l behind Saddle Pack (10-12) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.

Fightstar (FR) 16-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 9th, led before 5 out, pecked 3 out, ridden and headed 2 out, no extra from last, 4th of 8, 10l behind Dingo Bay (10-7) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.

Avanos (FR) 3-1fav (9-13) Slowly away, behind, headway 10th, mistake next, chased leaders 4 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 13, 13l behind Ballybough Gorta (10-1) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.