14:00 Musselburgh 3 Jan 2018

All New Racinguk.com Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £4,094 - 12 run - Draw Advantage: None

3

1m 7f 124y

Good to Soft (Soft in places)

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1
12-90U4
iT
Black and pink stripes, hooped sleeves, black cap (B Jones & Son)

Lord Fendale (IRE)  20 

ch g Erewhon - Upton Lady (Lord Upton)

9 12-3 h
107
9 12-3 h
107

Maiden hurdle winner in Ireland in summer of 2016, who showed some ability still remains when fourth of 15 in handicap at Taunton (16.5f) last month. Dropped a further 2 lb since.

Maiden hurdle winner in Ireland in summer of 2016, who showed some ability still remains when fourth of 15 in handicap at Taunton (16.5f) last month. Dropped a further 2 lb since.

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Lord Fendale Score: 313

2
513P4-2
iT
Emerald green, yellow seams, dark blue sleeves, yellow seams, hooped cap (First Sleepers, Craig Farm)

Sleep In First (FR)  36 

b g Sleeping Car - First Union (Shafoun)

12 11-12 p
102
12 11-12 p
102

Won a total of 9 races, 4 over hurdles. Proved his ability remains firmly intact when runner-up at Sedgefield (16.8f, soft) last month. Cheekpieces reapplied and should remain competitive.

Won a total of 9 races, 4 over hurdles. Proved his ability remains firmly intact when runner-up at Sedgefield (16.8f, soft) last month. Cheekpieces reapplied and should remain competitive.

Sleep In First Score: 373

4
3
0/6-8
iT
White, emerald green diamond, sleeves and diamond on cap (Smith Friel Sawers)

Magistral 12 

b g Manduro - Tamalain (Royal Academy)

8 11-11 p
101
8 11-11 p
101

Had run well on the Flat recently and shaped better than distance beaten suggests on return to hurdling at Ayr (16f) last month. May do better now switching to handicaps.

Had run well on the Flat recently and shaped better than distance beaten suggests on return to hurdling at Ayr (16f) last month. May do better now switching to handicaps.

Magistral Score: 331

4
2F84/38-
iT
Orange, white chevron, chevrons on sleeves, white cap (The Extra Time Partnership)

Lady Clitico (IRE)  598 (18F) 

b m Bushranger - Villa Nova (Petardia)

7 11-9 h
99
7 11-9 h
99

Showed that she retains a fair level of ability judged on her efforts on the Flat last year (a winner at Catterick in May). Shouldn't be dismissed returning to hurdling from an easing mark.

Showed that she retains a fair level of ability judged on her efforts on the Flat last year (a winner at Catterick in May). Shouldn't be dismissed returning to hurdling from an easing mark.

Lady Clitico Score: 351

5
538/P-P0
iT
Royal blue, pink diamond and armlets, white cap (The Vintage Flyers)

Nice Vintage (IRE)  51 (28F) 

b m Big Bad Bob - High Vintage (High Chaparral)

6 11-7 h1
97
6 11-7 h1
97

Three-time Flat winner for Adrian Keatley but hasn't shown much in 4 starts for new yard in both codes.

Three-time Flat winner for Adrian Keatley but hasn't shown much in 4 starts for new yard in both codes.

Nice Vintage Score: 311

6
688F
iT
Red, white cross of lorraine, red sleeves, white spots (Rug, Grub & Pub Partnership)

Great Colaci 27 

b g Sulamani - Fairlie (Halling)

5 11-5
95
5 11-5
95

Three-time winner on the Flat, albeit at a modest level. Well held in maiden/novice hurdles and was well beaten at the time of his fall on handicap debut at Market Rasen last time.

Three-time winner on the Flat, albeit at a modest level. Well held in maiden/novice hurdles and was well beaten at the time of his fall on handicap debut at Market Rasen last time.

Great Colaci Score: 310

7
541F-83
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Dark blue, light blue disc, light blue and dark blue halved sleeves, royal blue and light blue quartered cap (Mrs Julie Lloyd)

Mitcd (IRE)  62 (18F) 

gr m Mastercraftsman - Halicardia (Halling)

7 11-2
92
7 11-2
92

Showed plenty of ability remains in this sphere when third at Sedgefield in November, leading last but collared near finish. Respectable effort on the level 18 days ago and each-way claims again.

Showed plenty of ability remains in this sphere when third at Sedgefield in November, leading last but collared near finish. Respectable effort on the level 18 days ago and each-way claims again.

Mitcd Score: 350

8
026/073
iT
Maroon, white chevrons, hooped sleeves, white cap (Mrs Margaret Coppola)

Nendrum (IRE)  16 

br g Westerner - Westgrove Berry (Presenting)

9 11-2 t
92
9 11-2 t
92

Temperamental sort who ran better than for a while when third of 14 in handicap hurdle over C&D (good) 16 days ago. Not sure to be in the same form this time though.

Temperamental sort who ran better than for a while when third of 14 in handicap hurdle over C&D (good) 16 days ago. Not sure to be in the same form this time though.

Nendrum Score: 439

1
9
4/59P09-
iT
Red and black diamonds, black sleeves, red stars, red cap, black diamond (The Six Thix Syndicate)

King Of Aragon (IRE)  345 

b g Montjeu - Crazy Volume (Machiavellian)

6 11-2 t p1
92
6 11-2 t p1
92

Flat winner for Ballydoyle who was disappointing in 3 runs over hurdles for previous yard. However, potentially thrown in given Flat ability on first start for Iain Jardine after 11 months off.

Flat winner for Ballydoyle who was disappointing in 3 runs over hurdles for previous yard. However, potentially thrown in given Flat ability on first start for Iain Jardine after 11 months off.

King Of Aragon Score: 338

10
425F11
iT
Yellow, royal blue chevron, royal blue sleeves, yellow stars, royal blue cap, yellow stars (Maybe The Last Time)

Rhythm Of Sound (IRE)  36 

ch g Mahler - Oscarvail (Oscar)

8 10-5 t v
81
8 10-5 t v
81

Tongue strap seemingly had the desired effect when finally off the mark at Leicester in November and followed up from 1 lb lower a week later. Rated higher back over hurdles but has to be respected.

Tongue strap seemingly had the desired effect when finally off the mark at Leicester in November and followed up from 1 lb lower a week later. Rated higher back over hurdles but has to be respected.

Rhythm Of Sound Score: 374

3
11
544501
iT
Dark green, yellow diamond on body and cap, yellow sleeves, dark green armlets (Miss Alison P Lee & Mr Chris Grant)

Hey Bob (IRE)  43 

br g Big Bad Bob - Bounty Star (Fasliyev)

6 10-3 t
79
6 10-3 t
79

Finally got off the mark when landing 10-runner handicap hurdle at Southwell (15.7f) in November, well ridden. Circumstances unlikely to be so favourable now.

Finally got off the mark when landing 10-runner handicap hurdle at Southwell (15.7f) in November, well ridden. Circumstances unlikely to be so favourable now.

Hey Bob Score: 342

12
73-2454
iT
Emerald green, orange star, emerald green sleeves, orange stars, emerald green cap, orange star (Ms Rose Enright)

Toarmandowithlove (IRE)  15 

ch m Choisir - Deadly Buzz (Darshaan)

10 10-2 t
78
10 10-2 t
78

Ran respectably, seeing her race out much better than last time when fourth of 13 at Catterick (19.3f) a couple of weeks ago. Largely consistent and can figure again. Still a maiden, though.

Ran respectably, seeing her race out much better than last time when fourth of 13 at Catterick (19.3f) a couple of weeks ago. Largely consistent and can figure again. Still a maiden, though.

Toarmandowithlove Score: 395

2
Verdict

Micky Hammond has enjoyed a fruitful spell recently with the yard in great form and RHYTHM OF SOUND bids to land the hat-trick as he returns to hurdles after two chase successes at Leicester and Sedgefield. Hey Bob was a winner at Southwell on his latest start and warrants plenty of respect, while others to consider include Mitcd and Sleep In First, who both look to have each-way claims.

Verdict

Hard to enthuse over many of these, but SLEEP IN FIRST proved his ability retains firmly intact when runner-up at Sedgefield last month, and he ought to be capable of making another bid after just a small rise in the weights. King of Aragon is an interesting runner on first start for Iain Jardine judged on his Flat ability, while Lady Clitco shouldn't be dismissed either returning to this code.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2017 Good 13 Superior Command 8 11 10 103 3412-7F 28 days Miss L Russell (27 miles) Derek Fox 10/1 3:39.40
2016 Good to Soft 13 Shrewd 6 11 12 105 757304 24 days I Jardine (67 miles) R Day 85/40 3:46.40
2015 Good to Soft 10 Claude Carter 11 11 9 102 325124 28 days A Whillans (50 miles) R Day 7/1 3:49.55
2014 Soft 9 Benalex Park 5 10 13 90 509000 29 days Denis Hogan D G Hogan 14/1 3:56.50
2013 Soft 15 Home Run 5 12 7 100 931111 2 days D Pipe (421 miles) F J Hayes 6/4 3:58.20