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12:40 Musselburgh

188Bet Noel Fehily Gold Cup Blog Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap) (Class 4)

  • 4 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 195y
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £8,511 added
  • Winner: £4,614
  • 2nd: £1,355
  • 3rd: £677
  • 4th: £350
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 13.10s
  • Off Time: 12:40:24
  • 4 Ran
1
Silk - Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap
8/11
  • Form 5-841B1
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 116

tracked leading pair, led 7th, hit next, jumped left final 3, shaken up before 2 out, 2 lengths ahead when hit last, headed and no extra final 75 yards

2
Silk - Black and white stripes, chevrons on sleeves
5/1
  • Form 5-5222P
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 112

led and disputed, headed 6th, lost 2nd next, chased leading pair, pushed long and one pace in 3rd before 4 out

3
Silk - Purple, White stars, sleeves and star on cap
  • Form 64145F
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 109

held up last, pushed along briefly before 5th, 2nd after 8th, hit 4 out, 2 lengths down last, stayed on to lead final 75 yards

4
Silk - Red, Yellow sash, hooped sleeves and cap
25/1
  • Form 25-PU35
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-3
  • Official Rating 93

led and disputed, jumped left from 5th, chased winner 7th until after next, soon pushed along and weakened

In depth

Verdict

Winning point-to-pointer CELTIC FLAMES made a successful debut over regulation fences at Hexham in November but ran poorly in his next two starts before a much better effort here last time when falling at the last while challenging. He can gain compensation though Middlebrow looks a major threat as he attempts his third victory in his last four, though both of those successes came over further. An Laoch looked a certain future winner when runner-up in his first three starts over fences but blotted his copybook when tackling 3m here in December while Scorpo was a 500/1 chance when last of five at Catterick.

Formwatch

Middlebrow (IRE) 11-4 (10-13) Jumped left, in touch on outside, went 2nd and jumped badly left from 4 out, led 3 out, driven clear flat, kept on, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Jan beating Martiloo (10-13) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.

An Laoch (IRE) 11-2 (12-3) Held up, in touch after 10th, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, at Musselburgh 3m hcp (4) gd in Dec.

Celtic Flames (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Held up behind, pushed along after 5 out, headway under pressure after next, switched inside approaching 2 out, pressed winner and every chance when fell last, at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Feb.

Scorpo (IRE) 500-1 (10-12) Soon last, tailed off when slow 4 out, last of 5, dist behind Cracking Find (11-4) at Catterick 2m 3f (4) sft in Mar.