14:30 Musselburgh Fri 22 March 2019
Musselburgh regular; scored for the second time over this C&D when justifying favouritism under similar conditions in January; 2lb higher with Brian Hughes taking the mount in a perfectly winnable-looking contest.
C&D scorer from a 5lb lower mark for previous trainer Dianne Sayer in November 2016 (good); lightly-raced in recent years, 0-2 for Julia Brooke; should strip fitter for a run at Catterick (selling handicap) 16-days ago.
Ex-Mark Johnston inmate; 2lb higher than when finishing third on stable debut in a C&D maiden 12-days ago (beaten 1L by Chingachook); likely to be suited by the drying conditions; chance.
A ten-time winner on the Flat; difficult to draw too much in the way of encouragement from his four starts over hurdles, including when pulled up on handicap debut at Wetherby (2m3½f, good) in February.
A nine-race hurdles maiden; competes from a mark which is 11lb lower than when finishing third at Sedgefield (2m1f, good to soft) in November; poor since, so far safer to look elsewhere for the solution.
Best on a sound surface, made all when winning over an extended 2m at Market Rasen in May 2018; steadily falling back down the weights with French-based rider James Reveley taking his first ride in the UK in 2019; chance.
An infrequent winner (1-23 over hurdles); finished just over 2L fifth to Wot A Shot over C&D in January, and has raced exclusively over fences since (0-3); couldn't be totally dismissed, albeit others make more appeal.
Bought for £8,000 after winning a good-ground Hexham seller in May 2018 (for Brian Ellison); has slipped down the weights to a competitive looking handicap mark; conditions fine, and it remains early days post wind surgery.
33-race maiden (0-17 over hurdles); it's possible that this sharp track could show him in a more positive light, but he will need to be at his very best (on par with his form at Fairyhouse in November 2018) if to stand any realistic chance.
Hasn't raced over hurdles since December 2017 (Catterick) and is essentially a thoroughly exposed performer on the Flat (42-rated); first start for Middleham-trainer Liam Bailey.
0-9 over hurdles; finished 10L fourth to Christmas in Usa at Ayr (2m, good to soft) on her most recent start; appears to be a more likely winner than some of the others with cheekpieces now applied.
0-7 over hurdles; hasn't quite managed to break that duck just yet; attracted some outside market support when caught close home (finished fourth) by a thoroughly exposed type in a blanket finish at Wetherby (2m, good) last month.
Well backed (20/1-15/2) when breaking his maiden over obstacles over C&D in November (good); has mixed hurdling with AW racing since to no avail; needs a fraction more off a 4lb higher mark.
0-18 on the Flat, and 0-7 over hurdles; back from a six-month absence over 7f on Fibresand at Southwell ten-days ago; very difficult to consider as a realistic win, or even place possible; look elsewhere.
Last Year's Winner
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Oromo (9/2), Gemologist (5/1), Wot A Shot (11/2), Farlam King (11/2), Great Colaci (9/1), Side Of The Road (10/1), Fillydelphia (14/1), Rioja Day (16/1), Weapon Of Choice (18/1), Classic Seniority (18/1), Newstart (25/1), Elysian Prince (33/1), Wor Verge (33/1), My Valentino (50/1)
- Great Colaci
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