16:46 Musselburgh

Saturday 3 April 2021

All13:2013:5014:2515:0015:3516:1116:46

    Betway Handicap

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 6  |   1m 2y  |   Good (Good to Soft in places)  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 16:49  |   Winning time: 1m 40.39s
1st
Horse silk
11
(1)
16/1
T: W StoreyJ: S P Davis
Led, headed halfway, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on strongly under pressure final furlong op 20/1 tchd 22/1
2nd
Horse silk
1 ¼
8
(4)
14/1
T: S LycettJ: Ben Robinson
Pressed leader, led narrowly halfway, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, ran on under pressure final furlong tchd 16/1
3rd
Horse silk
½
9
(6)
16/1
T: W StoreyJ: Rhona Pindar (7)
Slowly away, in rear, rapid headway on outside over 2f out, driven to press leaders over 1f out, no extra close home op 14/1
4th
Horse silk
nk
12
(5)
14/1
T: Mrs Dianne SayerJ: J P Sullivan
Midfield, slightly short of room when ridden 2f out, ran on final furlong but could not reach leaders op 16/1
5th
Horse silk
1
6
(2)
16/1
T: Liam BaileyJ: Phil Dennis
Slightly slow to stride, soon recovered into handy position, tracked leaders travelling strongly 3f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace final furlong
6th
Horse silk
2
4
(11)
11/4f
T: Mrs L StubbsJ: Kevin Stott
Towards rear, ridden and not much room on inside rail 3f out, switched left and ran on over 1f out, one pace final furlong op 7/2
7th
Horse silk
2 ½
7
(9)
22/1
T: A C WhillansJ: P J McDonald
Towards rear and switched to inside rail, headway into midfield after 2f, progress when ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out tchd 25/1
8th
Horse silk
2
1
(8)
10/3
T: I JardineJ: A Mullen
Held up in midfield, ridden 3f out, some headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong tchd 7/2
9th
Horse silk
¾
2
(10)
80/1
T: C GrantJ: T Hamilton
Held up towards rear and switched to inside rail, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out tchd 66/1 and tchd 100/1
10th
Horse silk
¾
3
(12)
3/1
T: J S GoldieJ: P Mulrennan
Restrained towards rear, ridden and some headway between horses over 2f out, weakened over 1f out op 9/4
11th
Horse silk
27
10
(3)
18/1
T: F WatsonJ: Harrison Shaw
Prominent, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out op 16/1 tchd 20/1
12th
Horse silk
10
5
(7)
25/1
T: Liam BaileyJ: Jason Hart
Prominent, ridden on outside over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, eased over 1f out op 22/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£16.30Pl:£3.60, £3.30, £4.10EX:£210.40Trifecta:£0.00Tricast:£3,673.36SF:£221.27Swingers:£48.90, £49.60, £34.00

Forecasts

First Response (11/4), Ayr Poet (3/1), Merricourt (10/3), The King's Steed (14/1), Detective (14/1), Perfect Soldier (16/1), Tarnhelm (16/1), Jungle Book (16/1), Joyful Star (18/1), The Brora Pobbles (22/1), Lagenda (25/1), Strong Team (80/1)

Verdict

There was sufficient promise in MERRICOURT's recent performance at Newcastle to suggest that he could be the way to go, back at the scence of his latest success. First Response needs taking seriously back on turf off an attractive mark, while Ayr Poet was largely progressive in 2020 and will be a threat if ready to roll on this seasonal reappearance.

  1. MERRICOURT (IRE)
  2. FIRST RESPONSE
  3. AYR POET

Prize Money

1st: £2,592.002nd: £1,217.003rd: £609.004th: £304.005th: £300.006th: £300.007th: £300.008th: £300.00

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