13:15 Musselburgh

Wednesday 6 November 2019

All12:4013:1513:4514:2014:5015:2515:55

    ESPC Novices' Handicap Chase

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 4  |   2m 4f 68y  |   Good to Soft  |   10 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:15  |   Winning time: 5m 20.87s
1st
Horse silk
3
9/2
T: N W AlexanderJ: Grant Cockburn (3)
Held up towards rear, smooth headway approaching 4 out, close 2nd at the last, quickened to lead run-in, comfortably tchd 4/1 and tchd 5/1
2nd
Horse silk
2
6
11/1
T: Miss Lucinda V RussellJ: S Mulqueen (3)
Held up in mid-division, headway when left in 3rd at 12th, went 2nd soon after 4 out, every chance next until before 2 out, lost 2nd at the last, went 2nd again near finish op 12/1
3rd
Horse silk
nk
8
18/1
T: N W AlexanderJ: Lucy Alexander
Chased leaders on outside, left in 2nd at 12th, led 4 out, ridden clear before 2 out, headed and not pace of winner run-in, lost 2nd close home op 22/1 tchd 20/1
4th
Horse silk
8
5
7/2
T: S EnglandJ: Jonathan England
Unruly and unseated rider on way to post, never travelled or jumped with any fluency in rear, headway before 3 out, kept on op 4/1 tchd 3/1
5th
Horse silk
1 ¾
9
610-10
12/1
T: V ThompsonJ: Phillip Armson (7)
Held up towards rear, ridden and struggling after 10th, no chance when blundered 4 out, plugged on op 14/1
6th
Horse silk
14
4
6/1
T: P D NivenJ: Henry Brooke
Chased leaders on inside, weakened before 3 out op 8/1
7th
Horse silk
4
10
510-6
22/1
T: C GrantJ: Danny McMenamin (5)
Chased leader, blundered 6th, left in lead 12th, headed 4 out, lost 2nd soon after, weakened before 2 out op 20/1
8th
Horse silk
6
7
8/1
T: Tim VaughanJ: Alan Johns
Chased leaders, jumped big 2nd, weakened before 4 out op 6/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
1
25/1
T: P A KirbyJ: Thomas Dowson
Never nearer than mid-division, towards rear 8th, never on terms after, tailed off 12th, soon pulled up op 22/1
UR
Horse silk
2
3/1f
T: Miss Lucinda V RussellJ: Thomas Willmott (5)
Led until blundered and unseated rider 12th op 10/3 tchd 7/2

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£5.40Pl:£1.50, £3.10, £4.60EX:£42.20Trifecta:£275.10Tricast:£826.77SF:£53.70Swingers:£1.10, £0.00, £0.00

Forecasts

The Road Home (3/1), Choochoobugaloo (7/2), Benny's Secret (9/2), Simply Mani (6/1), Catch My Drift (8/1), Izzy's Champion (11/1), Pc Dixon (12/1), Eagle Ridge (18/1), Barfly (22/1), Sometimes A Fox (25/1)

Verdict

This is a difficult puzzle to solve, with the vote firmly shaded in favour of the consistent CHOOCHOOBUGALOO. The selection enjoyed a productive time of things last season, and almost made the perfect transition to fences when narrowly beaten into second at the end of that campaign. With a reappearance run under her belt, she can make it second time lucky over the larger obstacles. Although he is 0-4 over fences, Benny's Secret must be respected as he steps back up to 2m4f, while another chance must be given to top-weight Sometimes A Fox. His seasonal/stable debut can be forgiven and he must hold solid place claims on just his second start for this yard.
  1. Choochoobugaloo
  2. Sometimes A Fox
  3. Benny's Secret

Prize Money

1st: £4,289.002nd: £1,259.003rd: £630.004th: £350.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00

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