15:10 Musselburgh 10 Aug 2018

Edgen Murray Handicap (Class 6) (3YO plus)

Winner £3,105 - 8 run - Draw Advantage: None

3

1m 2y

Good (Good to Firm in places)

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No.
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Horse
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Position
1 (7)
0-08733
iT
Orange, orange cap, white spots (Half Married Syndicate)

Markhan (USA)  16 

b g Birdstone - Royal Flush (Smart Strike)

5 10-0 t p
65
5 10-0 t p
65

Thirteen runs since last win in 2016. 4/1, respectable third of 7 in handicap at Naas (8f, good) 16 days ago, left poorly placed. Has to be taken seriously.

Thirteen runs since last win in 2016. 4/1, respectable third of 7 in handicap at Naas (8f, good) 16 days ago, left poorly placed. Has to be taken seriously.

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Markhan Score: 454

1
2 (1)
060-770
iT
Light green, white stripe and armlets (Mr T Green)

Mamdood (IRE)  11 

gr g Clodovil - Fact (American Post)

4 9-13 t b
64 3
4 9-13 t b
64 3

16/1, eleventh of 13 in handicap at Ayr (7.2f, good) 11 days ago. Needs to show more before becoming of interest again.

16/1, eleventh of 13 in handicap at Ayr (7.2f, good) 11 days ago. Needs to show more before becoming of interest again.

Mamdood Score: 198

3 (2)
642745
iT
Royal blue, light green epaulets (Kingsley Park Owners Club)

Ravenhoe (IRE)  9 

ch g Bahamian Bounty - Breathless Kiss (Roman Ruler)

5 9-9
60 1
5 9-9
60 1

Course winner. 4 wins from 23 runs this year. Respectable fifth of 13 in handicap at Redcar (8f, good to firm, 14/1) 9 days ago. Not discounted from this sort of mark.

Course winner. 4 wins from 23 runs this year. Respectable fifth of 13 in handicap at Redcar (8f, good to firm, 14/1) 9 days ago. Not discounted from this sort of mark.

Ravenhoe Score: 347

4 (3)
070891
iT
Black, emerald green seams, black sleeves, emerald green cap (Jj Quinn Racing Ltd)

Ascot Week (USA)  13 

br g Lonhro - Millenia (Unfuwain)

4 9-9 v1
60
4 9-9 v1
60

9/2, won 11-runner handicap at Newcastle (8f) 13 days ago. Another big run not ruled out particularly now fitted with a first-time visor.

9/2, won 11-runner handicap at Newcastle (8f) 13 days ago. Another big run not ruled out particularly now fitted with a first-time visor.

Ascot Week Score: 379

2
5 (6)
379422
iT
Red, white epaulets, red sleeves, white stars, quartered cap (Mrs Lucille Bone)

Lotara 18 

b m Monsieur Bond - Cheviot Heights (Intikhab)

6 8-11
48
6 8-11
48

Respectable second of 9 in handicap (4/1) at Ayr (8f, good) 18 days ago, beaten only by one who was better positioned. Another who should give it her best shot again.

Respectable second of 9 in handicap (4/1) at Ayr (8f, good) 18 days ago, beaten only by one who was better positioned. Another who should give it her best shot again.

Lotara Score: 363

3
6 (4)
40/720-7
iT
Black, red disc (Mr F Watson)

Newspeak (IRE)  11 

b g New Approach - Horatia (Machiavellian)

6 8-11 h
48 2
6 8-11 h
48 2

Hooded for 1st time, bit below form seventh of 13 in handicap (66/1) at Ayr (7.2f, good) 11 days ago.

Hooded for 1st time, bit below form seventh of 13 in handicap (66/1) at Ayr (7.2f, good) 11 days ago.

Newspeak Score: 284

7 (5)
836045
iT
White and maroon check, maroon sleeves, white armlets, maroon cap (Mr Ken McGarrity&Lindaperrattracingclu)

Let Right Be Done 11 

gr g Lawman - Cheerfully (Sadler's Wells)

6 8-9 b h
46 3
6 8-9 b h
46 3

Course winner. Respectable fifth of 13 in handicap at Ayr (7.2f, good, 6/1) 11 days ago. Something to find on form.

Course winner. Respectable fifth of 13 in handicap at Ayr (7.2f, good, 6/1) 11 days ago. Something to find on form.

Let Right Be Done Score: 312

8 (8)
778364
iT
Red, black stripe, diamonds on sleeves, hooped cap (Mr Ronnie Docherty)

Eva Docc (IRE)  17 

ch f Dandy Man - La Rochelle (Salse)

3 8-2 p
46
3 8-2 p
46

Cheekpieces on for 1st time, respectable fourth of 8 in handicap at this C&D (good, 9/2) 17 days ago. Others more persuasive.

Cheekpieces on for 1st time, respectable fourth of 8 in handicap at this C&D (good, 9/2) 17 days ago. Others more persuasive.

Eva Docc Score: 363

3
Verdict

John Quinn's Ascot Week broke his duck at Newcastle late last month and it is interesting that the Malton handler now swaps cheekpieces for a first-time visor on the four-year-old as he looks to follow up from a 3lb higher mark. Lotara has to be respected having knocked on the door the last twice and is still just 2lb higher than when last scoring, while Mark Johnston's course winner Ravenhoe is always foolish to rule out. However, Irish raider MARKHAN gets the nod here for the irresistible Jamie Spencer and Gordon Elliott combination and the gelding is 1lb lower than when third at Naas last time out.

Verdict

MARKHAN has become frustrating to follow but he arrives in good nick and appeals as being on a handy mark, so all looks set fair for a big run. Ascot Week, equipped with a first-time visor, and Lotara are also expected to feature.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2017 Good to Firm 10 Relight My Fire 7 7 9 10 61 0-00032 10 days T Easterby (189 miles) D Allan 9/2 1:39.19
2016 Good 8 Almuhalab 4 5 9 4 56 775486 18 days Mrs R Carr (184 miles) J P Sullivan 9/2 1:41.39
2015 Good to Firm 5 Opt Out 2 5 9 1 57 813753 17 days A Whillans (50 miles) P Mulrennan 10/3 1:40.66
2014 Good 10 Ellaal 5 5 10 0 68 517522 7 days Mrs R Carr (184 miles) P Mulrennan 5/1 1:39.36