Musselburgh

  • 15:15 bet365 Edinburgh National Handicap Chase4m 176y

  • Winner £25,024 2nd £7,392 3rd £3,696 4th £1,848
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 8m 50.90s
  • Off time: 15:16:51
15:15 Musselburgh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Full Jack (FR) 10/1
2nd Missed Approach (IRE) 7/2
3rd Relentless Dreamer (IRE) 18/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 18-3313 Black, yellow disc, halved sleeves, black and yellow quartered cap Delusionofgrandeur (IRE) 39
8 11-12 Mrs S J Smith Henry Brooke 144 1001
2 F8-493P White, dark blue cross belts, red and white check sleeves, red cap Southfield Theatre (IRE) 33
10 11-7 bt P F Nicholls Bryony Frost (5) 139 1001
3 8-6P216 Dark blue, red chevron, armlets and diamond on cap Relentless Dreamer (IRE) 25
9 11-6 pt Miss R Curtis B S Hughes 138 1001
4 U28-P63 Light blue, white star, dark blue sleeves, light blue cap, white star Missed Approach (IRE) 21
Beaten Favourite
8 11-6 b W Greatrex G Sheehan 138 1001
5 11P0-10 Dark green, beige cross belts and sleeves, beige and dark green striped cap Dancing Shadow (IRE) 56
Course and Distance Winner
9 11-3 p V R A Dartnall Nick Scholfield 135 1001
6 71185-5 Royal Blue, White stars, Red sleeves Bells 'n' Banjos (IRE) 98
8 11-0 F O'Brien P J Brennan 132 1001
7 F/2126-7 Black, White seams, checked sleeves, quartered cap Looking Well (IRE) 244
9 11-0 N G Richards R D Day (3) 132 1001
8 75-13P3 White and Red stripes, Black and White halved sleeves, Black cap Ballymalin (IRE) 33
8 11-0 v1 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Coltherd (5) 132 1001
9 1220-85 Emerald Green, Red hoops, Emerald Green cap Gonalston Cloud (IRE) 23
11 10-10 p N Kent A Tinkler 128 1001
10 3P4-16P Yellow, red stars, striped sleeves and star on cap Azure Fly (IRE) 76
10 10-3 bt C E Longsdon J J Burke 121 1001
11 322281 Orange, black stars and sleeves, hooped cap Mister Don (IRE) 50
8 10-2 p Mrs R Dobbin Lorcan Murtagh (5) 120 1001
12 3444-73 EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW sash and star on cap Full Jack (FR) 31
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
11 10-0 b A M Thomson Rachel McDonald (7) 116 1001

Verdict

The first four home last year all take their chances once again. Dancing Shadow beat Gonalston Cloud on that occasion with Azure Fly and Full Jack further behind but Vic Dartnell’s charge will have to put a poor effort at Sandown in December behind him if he’s to repeat. Missed Approach has slipped down the weights on the back of disappointing runs in Grade 3 handicaps and may return to something like his best but DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR makes most appeal. Beaten less than a length in the competitive Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby on Boxing Day, Sue Smith’s chaser should go close again with a similar effort. Mister Don won at Doncaster last time and a 5lb rise is cancelled out by a conditional’s allowance while Bells 'n' Banjos finished with a late flourish in a tougher race at Cheltenham back in October but Southfield Theatre looks no nearer ending a long losing run.