14:30 Musselburgh

Racing Uk - Only 12.99 Per Month Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)

  • 10 Runners
  • Distance: 2m
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
  • £5,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 44.70s
  • Off Time: 14:30:25
  • 10 Ran
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Silk - Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap
  • Form P1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-8

tracked leader, hit 4th, with leader next, led last, edged right flat, ran on

Silk - Black and Light Blue (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Black cap
  • Form 24
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 105

held up and keen, soon tracking leaders, led 5th, headed last, switched right flat, kept on

Silk - Dark Blue, Red hoops, striped sleeves, Black cap


13 t
  • Form P68
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 74

held up mid-division, one pace from 3 out

Silk - Dark Blue and Mauve diamonds, Dark Blue sleeves and cap
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-1

held up in touch, headway approaching 3 out, kept on same pace from next

Silk - Royal Blue, Pink Triple Diamond And Sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Pink Diamonds

Miss Tarantella

102 t D
  • Form PF6P13
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 83

led to 5th, weakened approaching 3 out

Silk - White, Royal Blue chevron, Yellow and White halved sleeves, Royal Blue cap
  • Form P/
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-1

held up, hit 2nd, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened

Silk - Tan, Black and Green hooped sleeves, Red cap
  • Form 4-16056
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-1

tracked leaders early, held up, headway to chase leaders after 4 out, hit next, kept on

Silk - Pink, White stars, White sleeves, Pink stars, White cap, Pink star
  • Form 3225FP
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 110

held up, headway approaching 3 out, ridden after next, kept on

Silk - Yellow, Royal Blue diamond, hooped sleeves, Yellow cap, Royal Blue diamond
  • Form PP6
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-7

held up in rear, weakened after 4 out

Silk - ROYAL BLUE, PINK chevrons, ROYAL BLUE cap
  • Form 84
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-7

tracked leaders, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened

  • Form 5
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-1


In depth


CARAVEL is nominated here to continue his progression at the main expense of Casual Affair and Speed Up. A winner of five races (in a row!) on the flat when in the care of Sir Mark Prescott, the selection made a rather inauspicious start to his hurdling career when not completing at Aintree in November. He made amends for that run however when winning fairly comfortably here last time out and he looks sure to carry on progressing despite his penalty. The main danger could be Casual Affair, who was rated in the 70's on the flat and has made a promising start to his hurdling career. He was second to a stablemate of the selection in December and then ran just averagely in a decent contest here next time up; if bouncing back from that he should get some place money. Alan Swinbank's horses are in good form at the moment and he saddles Hill Billy Rock. Again he wasn't bad on the flat but his hurdling debut at Doncaster was mediocre and he would only be of interest if well-backed. Thunderstruck has shown ability in two recent runs at big prices, and he takes on older opposition of the first time, Speed Up looks modest at best, whilst Pontop has been facing some stiff tasks to date. This looks a good opportunity for the Supreme Novices' entry Caravel to keep the wheels turning.


Caravel (IRE) 6-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, headway and every chance 3 out, led next, ridden and drew clear from last, won at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Dec beating Divers (11-0) by 2l, 14 ran.

Casual Affair 5-2jt-fav (11-4) Tracked clear leader, led after 4 out, ridden 3 out, headed approaching next, soon weakened, 4th of 12, 17l behind Calcutta Cup (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.

Catai 100-1 (11-4) Mid division, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 13, 47l behind Woody Waller (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.

Hill Billy Rock (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) In touch, ridden after 5th, soon weakened, tailed off, 13th of 18, well behind Fushe Jo (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.

Miss Tarantella 5-1 (10-9) Led, hit 3rd, headed approaching 2 out, weakened soon after, 3rd of 6, 34l behind Letterpress (10-12) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.

Mister Maq 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division, outpaced approaching 3 out, soon lost place, behind when pulled up at the last in race won by Touch of Ivory (9-12) at Perth 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) sft in Sept '06, 9 ran.

Pontop (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Always behind, 6th of 11, 34l behind Red Moloney (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.

Speed Up (FR) 15-2 (10-12) Mistakes in rear, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Kingham (10-12) at Catterick 2m nov chs (4) sft in Jan, 7 ran.

Recoil (IRE) 250-1 (11-0) Held up, blundered 4th, soon lost touch, last of 6, well behind Giorgio Quercus (11-8) at Musselburgh 2m 4yo nov hdl (2) gd in Feb.

Thunderstruck 28-1 (11-0) With leaders, outpaced approaching 2 out, 4th of 10, 19l behind Pemberton (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 3yo nov hdl (3) sft in Dec.

Spume (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Held up, headway to chase leaders after 3 out, weakened from next, 5th of 7, well behind Aachen (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hdl (3) sft.