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15:40 Musselburgh

Racing UK HD Handicap Chase (Class 4)

  • 11 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 7f 170y
  • Going: Good (Good to Firm in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £8,000 added
  • Winner: £5,198
  • 2nd: £1,526
  • 3rd: £763
  • 4th: £382
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 58.90s
  • Off Time: 15:40:33
  • 11 Ran
1
Silk - Pale blue, red sleeves, black and red check cap
  • Form 511111
  • Age 9
  • Weight 12-1
  • Official Rating 106

held up in last trio, headway on inside chasing leaders when hampered 13th, 3rd 2 out, strong run into 2nd final 50 yards and closed, not reach winner

2
Silk - Royal blue, yellow braces, sleeves and cap

Rivabodiva (IRE)

25 p BFD
9/1
  • Form 4648-45
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 103

well behind, tailed off 6th, blundered 8th, pulled up before 11th

3
Silk - Maroon, Light Blue and Brown hooped sleeves, quartered cap
22/1
  • Form 6012-75
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-9
  • Official Rating 100

in touch, headway chasing leader approaching 7th, close 2nd when fell 13th

4
Silk - Yellow, emerald green star, chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap
14/1
  • Form 4F8164
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-9
  • Official Rating 100

chased leader until approaching 7th, chased leading pair, left 2nd at 13th, led next, headed soon after last, driven and one pace when dropped to 3rd final 50 yards

5
Silk - Beige, Dark Green chevron
  • Form 2PP185
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 99

towards rear, tailed off when reminders 6th, pulled up before 10th

6
Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow stars, White sleeves, Yellow stars, Royal Blue cap, Yellow star
22/1
  • Form 43152-7
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 92

in touch, towards rear when jumped left 9th, tailed off next, jumped badly left from 14th

7
Silk - Light Blue and Royal Blue (quartered), Light Blue sleeves
4/1
  • Form PP-9212
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 91

held up in rear, good headway chasing leaders approaching 11th, badly hampered 13th, 2nd 3 out, challenged on inside last, soon led, driven and kept on gamely run-in, all out

8
Silk - White, Emerald Green chevrons, halved sleeves, Emerald Green cap
80/1
  • Form PP0-200
  • Age 9
  • Weight 10-11
  • Official Rating 88

jumped left, chased leaders until weakened 8th, tailed off 10th, pulled up 4 out

9
Silk - Emerald Green, Emerald Green and Dark Blue hooped sleeves
12/1
  • Form 61316P
  • Age 10
  • Weight 10-5
  • Official Rating 82

led, hit 9th, headed 14th, chased leaders, driven and weakened before 4 out, tailed off

10
Silk - Yellow, Dark Green armlets, Dark Green and White striped cap
7/1
  • Form P-57424
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-2
  • Official Rating 79

chased leaders until lost place quickly 6th, tailed off 8th, pulled up 10th

11
Silk - White, Dark Blue diamond, Dark Blue and Red check sleeves and cap

Arboretum

20 D
6/1
  • Form 47434P
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-0
  • Official Rating 72

mid-division, headway chasing leaders 6th, left in close 3rd 13th, went 2nd after 14th, every chance when blundered 4 out, lost 2nd and hit 3 out, weakened into 4th next

In depth

Verdict

The well-named FORMIDABLEOPPONENT once looked a smart prospect in Ireland but lost his way until an incredible recent revival. Saturday's victory at Ayr was his fifth in succession and, as he showed no signing of wear and tear, a 7lb penalty doesn't look enough to prevent victory number six. Rivabodiva looked as though a victory was imminent when running well at Perth and started favourite at Hexham next time but disappointed. Boss In Boots won between the flags in March but has been well beaten over fences in recent weeks so Proud Gamble looks more of a threat. Rose Dobbin's charge won over the course and distance in February and at Market Rasen in August and still looks on a lenient mark. Foot The Bill is a real staying type who could do with some rain on his return after a break.

Formwatch

Formidableopponent (IRE) 5-2fav (11-1) Towards rear, headway before 6 out, went 3rd before 4 out, led before last, kept on well, won at Ayr 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Oct beating Harleys Max (10-7) by 3 3/4l, 8 ran.

Rivabodiva (IRE) 7-2jfav (11-11) Mid-division, soon chased leaders, went 3rd from 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 10, 18 1/4l behind Quick Brew (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Oct.

Boss In Boots (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) In rear, struggling 6th, soon lost touch, tailed off, 5th of 6, dist behind The Yank (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp (4) gd in Oct.

Mollies Gent (IRE) 18-1 (11-12) Led until 2nd, tracked leader until 8th, 3rd 3 out, no extra in 4th from next, 4th of 12, 27l behind Yanmare (10-0) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp (5) gs in Oct.

Trillerin Minella (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Often niggled along, prominent, carried right 1st, outpaced after 12th, weakened next, 5th of 6, dist behind Formidableopponent (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Sep.

Foot The Bill 11-1 (10-4) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, dist behind Scotswell (11-10) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in May.

Proud Gamble (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Rear division, headway 6 out, ridden to chase winner before last, kept on and always held, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Runswick Days (10-4) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp (5) gs in Oct.

Jewellery (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Led to 5 out, weakened from next, tailed off 3 out, 11th of 13, dist behind Bassarabad (11-12) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp (5) gs in Oct.

Colorado Kid (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, lost place before 10th, pulled up 4 out, tailed off and soon pulled up, at Kelso 2m 7f hcp (5) gs in Oct.

No Such Number 15-2 (10-0) Towards rear, not much room 1st, mistake 13th, headway 4 out, 4th and no extra last, 4th of 8, 24l behind Mad Money (10-10) at Perth 3m hcp (4) gs in Sep.

Arboretum 8-1 (10-6) Mid-division, not fluent 6th or 7th, headway when blundered badly 14th, weakened 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, at Uttoxeter 3m hcp (5) gs in Oct.