William Hill Handicap (Amateur Riders) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 6, 11 runners)
  • Winner £2,496 2nd £774 3rd £387 4th £194
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 37.79s
  • Off time: 14:00:43
Full result
Result 14:00 Musselburgh
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 8 Anne's Valentino 18/1
2nd 6 Waltz Darling 1 10/3f
3rd 1 Aleksandar ½ 4/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 (11) 05700-4
Pink, Royal Blue chevrons and armlets Aleksandar 10
  • T:J S Goldie
  • J:Mrs I C Goldie
  • Form: 05700-4
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 65
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 J S Goldie Mrs I C Goldie (7) 65 4/1
2 (5) 64283-1
Maroon, White stars, armlets and star on cap Frosty Berry 18
  • T:P T Midgley
  • J:Mr A French
  • Form: 64283-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 65
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 P T Midgley Mr A French (7) 65 4/1
3 (9) 31357-2
Red, Yellow epaulets, chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap Vicky Valentine 15
  • T:A C Whillans
  • J:Mr J Hamilton
  • Form: 31357-2
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-10
  • OR: 64
  • Naps:
4 150 10-10 A C Whillans Mr J Hamilton 64 8/1
4 (4) 2346-59
Black, White Cross of Lorraine, sleeves and cap Magic Skyline (IRE) 7
  • T:B Ellison
  • J:Mr D Cottle
  • Form: 2346-59
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-8
  • OR: 62
  • Naps:
4 148 10-8 B Ellison Mr D Cottle (5) 62 12/1
5 (10) 1076/38-
Dark Green, White diamond, halved sleeves, White cap Hunters Belt (IRE) 5
  • T:G Bewley
  • J:Miss J Walton
  • Form: 1076/38-
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-8vt
  • OR: 59
  • Naps:
10 148 10-8 vt G Bewley Miss J Walton (5) 59 11/1
6 (1) 0650-20
Yellow, large dark blue spots and armlets, dark blue and yellow hooped cap Waltz Darling (IRE) 6
  • T:K G Reveley
  • J:Mr P Dennis
  • Form: 0650-20
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-8
  • OR: 59
  • Naps:
6 148 10-8 K G Reveley Mr P Dennis (5) 59 10/3f
7 (8) 445-912
Dark blue, yellow seams, checked sleeves, quartered cap Royal Defence (IRE) 38
  • T:R Ford
  • J:Miss S Brotherton
  • Form: 445-912
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-4t
  • OR: 55
  • Naps:
8 144 10-4 t R Ford Miss S Brotherton 55 9/2
8 (7) 09679-5
Red, Mauve chevron, Mauve and Red quartered cap Anne's Valentino 33
  • T:J M Jefferson
  • J:Mr T Hamilton
  • Form: 09679-5
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 9-10
  • OR: 50
  • Naps:
4 136 9-10 J M Jefferson Mr T Hamilton (3) 50 18/1
9 (3) 789
Dark blue, red hoop, hooped sleeves, quartered cap Miss Bella Rose 21
  • T:R C Guest
  • J:Mr S Bushby
  • Form: 789
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 9-9
  • OR: 45
  • Naps:
7 135 9-9 R C Guest Mr S Bushby (5) 45 66/1
10 (6) 700/806-
Emerald Green, Purple hoops, Emerald Green sleeves, Purple spots, quartered cap Grethel (IRE) 259
  • T:A Berry
  • J:Mr J Nuttall
  • Form: 700/806-
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 9-9
  • OR: 45
  • Naps:
10 135 9-9 A Berry Mr J Nuttall (7) 45 80/1
11 (2) 8877/78-
White, red chevron and sleeves, royal blue and white quartered cap Mystified (IRE) 294
  • T:A Berry
  • J:Mr John Willey
  • Form: 8877/78-
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 9-9p
  • OR: 45
  • Naps:
11 135 9-9 p A Berry Mr John Willey (5) 45 100/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013 7 Jan Smuts (IRE)
  • T:W Storey
  • J:Miss S M Doolan
5 10-9 W Storey Miss S M Doolan 4/1
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In depth

Verdict

ROYAL DEFENCE won over 1m6f at Wolverhampton before going close over 2m at the same track. He gets the vote with an accomplished amateur on board. Frosty Berry won at Newcastle last time and was placed under today's rider at Thirsk last season while Aleksandar returned to something like his best when a runner-up over a shorter trip here on his latest start. Vicky Valentine ran well at Ayr over 1m5f on her reappearance and is worth another try at 2m.

Formwatch

Anne's Valentino 28-1 (7-11) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 11, 8l behind Naburn (9-4) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.

Waltz Darling (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 30l behind Miss Macnamara (9-5) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd.

Aleksandar 11-2 (9-5) In touch, effort when not clear run over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Choisan (9-10) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.

Hunters Belt (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, never involved, 8th of 10, 14l behind Bin Singspiel (9-0) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Oct.

Frosty Berry 7-2fav (9-7) Bumped slightly start, mid-division, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, just held on, won at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr beating Kathlatino (8-13) by hd, 12 ran.

Grethel (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Started very slowly, behind, some late headway, never a factor, 6th of 10, 14l behind Spin Cast (10-6) at Carlisle 1m 3f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.

Vicky Valentine 5-1 (9-4) Held up mid- division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on and caught close home, 2nd of 7, hd behind A Southside Boy (9-9) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.

Royal Defence (IRE) 5-2 (8-10) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon chased winner, kept on, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Sir Frank Morgan (9-6) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.

Magic Skyline (IRE) 40-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, lost place over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 25l behind Easter Sky (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.

Mystified (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Prominent, lost place over 3f out, soon well beaten, last of 8, 16l behind A Southside Boy (10-2) at Hamilton 1m 5f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.

Miss Bella Rose 80-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden 4f out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 39l behind Odeon (8-13) at Redcar 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gf in Apr.