14:20 Musselburgh 15 Oct 2018

Racing UK's Biggest Ever Flat Season Handicap (Div 1) (Class 5) (3YO plus)

Winner £3,752 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: None

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No.
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Form
Horse
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Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1 (8)
221117
iT
Maroon, pink armlets (Mr G Lowe & Mr P Darling)

Pepys 27 

b g Aqlaam - Generously Gifted (Sakhee)

4 9-10
76
4 9-10
76

C&D winner. Five wins from 18 Flat runs. 5 wins from 9 runs this year. Seventh of 10 in handicap at Redcar (8f, good to firm, 9/1) 27 days ago. Could easily resume progress following a break.

C&D winner. Five wins from 18 Flat runs. 5 wins from 9 runs this year. Seventh of 10 in handicap at Redcar (8f, good to firm, 9/1) 27 days ago. Could easily resume progress following a break.

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2 (1)
112320
iT
White and maroon check, maroon sleeves, white armlets, maroon cap (Mr Ken McGarrity)

Jacob Black 16 

b g Amadeus Wolf - First Eclipse (Fayruz)

7 9-8 t
74
7 9-8 t
74

C&D winner. 4 wins from 11 runs this year. Tenth of 11 in handicap at Chester (7f, good, 14/1) 16 days ago, having hopeless task from position. Tongue strap back on.

C&D winner. 4 wins from 11 runs this year. Tenth of 11 in handicap at Chester (7f, good, 14/1) 16 days ago, having hopeless task from position. Tongue strap back on.

3 (5)
131597
iT
Beige, red seams, armlets and cap (Mr J Blackburn, Mr A Turton & Jolly Bo)

Miss Sheridan (IRE)  15 

br f Lilbourne Lad - Sues Surprise (Montjeu)

4 9-6
72
4 9-6
72

Latest win at Chester in July. 20/1, last of 7 in handicap at this course (8f, good to firm) 15 days ago.

Latest win at Chester in July. 20/1, last of 7 in handicap at this course (8f, good to firm) 15 days ago.

4 (10)
332695
iT
Maroon and light blue diabolo, halved sleeves, maroon cap (Bardsley, Hyde & Tattersall)

Inviolable Spirit (IRE)  13 

b g Zebedee - Mediska (Medicean)

3 9-6
74
3 9-6
74

Bit below form fifth of 13 in handicap (28/1) at Ayr (7.2f, good to soft) 13 days ago, making effort earlier than ideal. Enters calculations from 2 lb lower.

Bit below form fifth of 13 in handicap (28/1) at Ayr (7.2f, good to soft) 13 days ago, making effort earlier than ideal. Enters calculations from 2 lb lower.

5 (7)
3-10433
iT
Light green, white spots on sleeves (The Fairweather Foursome)

The Right Choice (IRE)  6 

ch g Choisir - Expedience (With Approval)

3 9-2
70
3 9-2
70

Winner at Pontefract in May. 11/2, third of 11 in handicap at Leicester (6f, good to firm) 6 days ago. Can give a good account.

Winner at Pontefract in May. 11/2, third of 11 in handicap at Leicester (6f, good to firm) 6 days ago. Can give a good account.

6 (9)
30-5795
iT
Light blue and purple diabolo, light blue sleeves, purple armlets, quartered cap (Ingham Racing Syndicate)

Collingham Park (IRE)  20 

b g Dragon Pulse - Curraline (Bachelor Duke)

3 9-0
68 WS2
3 9-0
68 WS2

Respectable fifth of 9 in handicap (6/1) at Beverley (8.4f, good to soft) 20 days ago.

Respectable fifth of 9 in handicap (6/1) at Beverley (8.4f, good to soft) 20 days ago.

7 (2)
014573
iT
Dark blue, white hoops, chevrons on sleeves, striped cap (Mr Allan McLuckie)

Smugglers Creek (IRE)  17 

b g Medicean - Crystany (Green Desert)

4 8-13 p
65
4 8-13 p
65

Latest win at Ayr in July. Creditable third of 12 in handicap at Newcastle (7.1f, 11/1) 17 days ago.

Latest win at Ayr in July. Creditable third of 12 in handicap at Newcastle (7.1f, 11/1) 17 days ago.

8 (3)
733322
iT
Dark blue, white seams, striped sleeves, dark blue cap (Mr Ray Bailey)

Make Me 24 

ch g Makfi - Magic Music (Magic Ring)

3 8-13
67
3 8-13
67

4/1, creditable second of 13 in handicap at Ayr (8f, heavy) 24 days ago. Merits consideration from 2 lb higher.

4/1, creditable second of 13 in handicap at Ayr (8f, heavy) 24 days ago. Merits consideration from 2 lb higher.

9 (4)
783568
iT
Light blue, white star, light blue and black halved sleeves, light blue cap, white star (Mr Robert McLachlan)

Jessie Allan (IRE)  12 

b m Bushranger - Ishimagic (Ishiguru)

7 8-10
62
7 8-10
62

Three wins from 19 runs this year. Below form eighth of 13 in handicap (11/1) at Newcastle (6f) 12 days ago.

Three wins from 19 runs this year. Below form eighth of 13 in handicap (11/1) at Newcastle (6f) 12 days ago.

10 (6)
742230
iT
Black, red triple diamond, sleeves and diamond on cap (Lets Be Lucky Racing 20 And Partner)

Newstead Abbey 25 

b g Byron - Oatcake (Selkirk)

8 8-10
62
8 8-10
62

Course winner. Eleventh of 12 in handicap at Ayr (8f, heavy, 28/1) 25 days ago. Must cast that run aside.

Course winner. Eleventh of 12 in handicap at Ayr (8f, heavy, 28/1) 25 days ago. Must cast that run aside.

Verdict

Pepys' winning run came to an abrupt end at Redcar last time but the drop back a furlong in trip here could see him get closer, while The Right Choice has hinted that the step up to this distance could unlock further improvement. JACOB BLACK gets the vote, though, as Keith Dalgleish's charge has shown a real liking for this track in recent months, winning over a mile and taking second over C&D two starts ago. Drawn in the car park at Chester last time, he can easily be forgiven that effort.

Verdict

Richard Fahey appears to hold a strong hand with INVIOLABLE SPIRIT and The Right Choice, with the former marginally preferred having shaped well in a deeper race than this at Ayr a fortnight ago. Make Me is unexposed and has to be feared, while Pepys could easily resume his progress back from a break.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2017 (Div 2) Soft 10 Inglorious 4 3 8 12 66 3703158320 13 days Keith Dalgleish (34 miles) Connor Beasley 14/1 1:33.34
2017 (Div 1) Soft 10 Roaring Forties 7 4 9 13 77 052526 16 days Rebecca Bastiman (186 miles) D Tudhope 5/2 1:33.54