13:00 Musselburgh 3 Jan 2018

Wise Betting At Racinguk.com Maiden Hurdle (Class 5) (4YO plus)

Winner £3,509 - 11 run - Draw Advantage: None

1

1m 7f 124y

Good to Soft (Soft in places)

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5P-2218
iT
Black and pink diabolo, black sleeves, pink cap, black star (Mr J Fyffe)

Arizona Bound (IRE)  105 

b g Presenting - Loyal Gesture (Darazari)

6 11-5
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6 11-5
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Off the mark at the third attempt in bumpers for Gordon Elliott, but was weak in the betting and offered little on stable/hurdles debut at Kelso (20.9f) in September. Back down in trip.

Off the mark at the third attempt in bumpers for Gordon Elliott, but was weak in the betting and offered little on stable/hurdles debut at Kelso (20.9f) in September. Back down in trip.

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Arizona Bound Score: 301

2
9
iT
Black and pink stripes, hooped sleeves, black cap (B Jones & Son)

Bergholt (IRE)  20 

b g Sir Percy - Sularina (Alhaarth)

5 11-5
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5 11-5
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Fair on the Flat but a long-standing maiden. Showed a bit of aptitude for hurdling at Taunton (16.5f) last month and is probably one for handicaps down the line.

Fair on the Flat but a long-standing maiden. Showed a bit of aptitude for hurdling at Taunton (16.5f) last month and is probably one for handicaps down the line.

Bergholt Score: 268

3
5F
iT
Red, black star, black and white hooped sleeves, red cap, black star (Aykroyd And Sons Ltd)

Character Onesie (IRE)  36 

b g Dark Angel - Flame Keeper (Pivotal)

6 11-5
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6 11-5
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Fair Flat winner for Richard Fahey. Respectable fifth behind a promising one at Bangor on hurdling debut, and was in the process of running well when slipping up after 2 out last time. Place claims.

Fair Flat winner for Richard Fahey. Respectable fifth behind a promising one at Bangor on hurdling debut, and was in the process of running well when slipping up after 2 out last time. Place claims.

Character Onesie Score: 303

4
4
3
iT
Purple, white halved sleeves, white cap, purple spots (Raeburn Brick Limited)

Chookie Royale 36 

ch g Monsieur Bond - Lady Of Windsor (Woods of Windsor)

10 11-5
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10 11-5
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Smart on Flat (best up to 7f) and showed aptitude for hurdling when third of 12 in novice at Sedgefield (16.8f) last month. This sharper track is likely to suit and he could well improve.

Smart on Flat (best up to 7f) and showed aptitude for hurdling when third of 12 in novice at Sedgefield (16.8f) last month. This sharper track is likely to suit and he could well improve.

Chookie Royale Score: 451

1
5
8
iT
Red, emerald green triple diamond, diabolo on sleeves, white cap, emerald green diamond (Derek And Jean Clee)

Emell 20 

ch g Medicean - Londonnetdotcom (Night Shift)

8 11-5
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8 11-5
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Useful on the Flat but regressive in 2017. Didn't figure on recent hurdling debut at Taunton and is best opposed.

Useful on the Flat but regressive in 2017. Didn't figure on recent hurdling debut at Taunton and is best opposed.

Emell Score: 278

6
3201-63
iT
Emerald green, purple diamond, white sleeves, purple cap, white spots (Bolton, McGladery & Duncan-black)

Kelpies Myth 56 

b g Dutch Art - Miss Respect (Mark of Esteem)

5 11-5
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5 11-5
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Signed off his time with Michael Herrington with a first bumper success here in March. Better for hurdles bow when third over C&D in November and he has scope for further improvement.

Signed off his time with Michael Herrington with a first bumper success here in March. Better for hurdles bow when third over C&D in November and he has scope for further improvement.

Kelpies Myth Score: 345

2
7
0
iT
Dark green, red hooped sleeves, red cap (Mrs C J Todd)

Outback Blue 36 

gr g Aussie Rules - Beautiful Lady (Peintre Celebre)

5 11-5 t
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5 11-5 t
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Regressive on the Flat, and showed nothing on hurdling bow for new yard last month. Easily passed over.

Regressive on the Flat, and showed nothing on hurdling bow for new yard last month. Easily passed over.

Outback Blue Score: 222

8
18-5P
iT
Maroon, white hooped sleeves (Mr John Wade)

Silver Bullion 32 

br g Three Valleys - Silver Yen (Silver Hawk)

7 11-5 h1
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7 11-5 h1
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Won 15-runner bumper at Ayr in good style on debut. Positives to draw from hurdling bow fourth at Kelso but shaped as if amiss when pulled up last time. Others preferred on the back of that.

Won 15-runner bumper at Ayr in good style on debut. Positives to draw from hurdling bow fourth at Kelso but shaped as if amiss when pulled up last time. Others preferred on the back of that.

Silver Bullion Score: 314

3
9
7P-F158
iT
Royal blue, yellow braces, sleeves and cap (Mrs S Russell & A M Russell)

The Road Home (IRE)  35 

b g Oscar - In Fact (Classic Cliche)

6 11-5 t
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6 11-5 t
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Showed ability on only start in bumpers, but went with little encouragement on hurdling bow at Wetherby in November. Probably one for later on.

Showed ability on only start in bumpers, but went with little encouragement on hurdling bow at Wetherby in November. Probably one for later on.

The Road Home Score: 269

10
iT
Orange, white hoops, orange sleeves and cap (Mr Ken Eales & Mr Don Eddy)

Weather Front (USA)  (60F) 

ch g Stormy Atlantic - Kiswahili (Selkirk)

5 11-5
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5 11-5
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Half-brother to ungenuine but fair hurdler Four Nations (2m winner, by Langfuhr). Fair on Flat, stays 1m, little impact in 2017. Hard to fancy on his jumps debut.

Half-brother to ungenuine but fair hurdler Four Nations (2m winner, by Langfuhr). Fair on Flat, stays 1m, little impact in 2017. Hard to fancy on his jumps debut.

Weather Front Score: 255

11
541-13
iT
Pink, white seams, white and pink halved sleeves, white cap (Corbett & McMahon)

Heartasia (IRE)  34 

b m Danehill Dancer - Big Heart (Mr Greeley)

5 10-12 t h
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5 10-12 t h
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Better with each start in bumpers, doubling her tally in fine style at Kelso (2m) in May. Positives to be gleaned from hurdling bow when third of 9 over C&D last month. Open to progress.

Better with each start in bumpers, doubling her tally in fine style at Kelso (2m) in May. Positives to be gleaned from hurdling bow when third of 9 over C&D last month. Open to progress.

Heartasia Score: 302

Verdict

This is not the strongest of maiden hurdles and it is an ideal opportunity for the dual bumper winner HEARTASIA to earn her first victory over obstacles. The daughter of Danehill Dancer finished third in a similar event over C&D in November and that performance suggested that she would improve for the hurdling experience. Character Onesie could make the frame if he can complete the course, which he failed to do last time out. Chookie Royale and Emell were both talented Flat performers, while it is too soon to be writing off Arizona Bound after one poor run in September.

Verdict

Dual fairly useful bumper winner, HEARTASIA, shaped with enough encouragement over C&D last month to suggest she’s capable of winning races over timber, and she can cash in at the second attempt now. Kelpies Myth has scope for further improvement, while Chookie Royale is likely to be suited by this sharper track. Character Onesie also deserves a mention for the in-form Donald McCain yard.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2017 Good 8 Idder 6 11 5 - 4270-53 66 days J Moffatt (156 miles) B Hughes 9/2 3:40.90
2016 (Div 1) Good to Soft 10 Lac Leman 5 11 7 - 1734-54 21 days Miss P Robson (84 miles) B Hughes 4/1 3:44.80
2016 (Div 2) Good to Soft 10 My Painter 5 11 0 - 79 days Denis Gerard Hogan D G Hogan 13/2 3:51.40
2015 Good to Soft 7 Stylish Chap 5 11 7 - 3-66 52 days Miss L Russell (27 miles) P Buchanan 25/1 3:54.60
2014 Soft 12 Rockabilly Riot 4 10 7 - 495235 177 days M Todhunter (114 miles) D O'Regan 33/1 3:51.90