13:50 Musselburgh

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Handicap (Class 5)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 1m
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £5,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 1m 38.88s
  • Off Time: 13:51:17
  • 9 Ran
Silk - Purple, Mauve chevron, chevrons on sleeves, hooped cap
  • Form 22240-1
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-9
  • Official Rating 70

prominent, ridden over 3f out, lost place when not much room just inside 2f out, soon weakened

Silk - Royal Blue, White hoop, hooped sleeves, Red cap
  • Form 6210-46
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-8
  • Official Rating 69

mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden and edged left well over 1f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, held on well

Silk - Yellow, Light Green epaulets, Yellow sleeves, Light Green spots
  • Form 975222
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-6
  • Official Rating 67

slowly into stride, headway to lead after 1f, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, unable to quicken

Silk - Red, Red and Royal Blue diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap
  • Form 676-226
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-9
  • Official Rating 56

led 1f, chased leaders, ridden and every chance from over 2f out until inside final furlong, no extra

Silk - PINK, BLACK epaulets and diamond on cap
  • Form 832457
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-8
  • Official Rating 55

held up in rear, ridden 3f out, effort over 1f out, no impression

Silk - Purple, Yellow sleeves, Red and Yellow striped cap
  • Form 90-6383
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-8
  • Official Rating 55

slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway when not clear run and switched left over 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, ran on, just held

Silk - Pink and Royal Blue stripes, Pink sleeves, Royal Blue armlets, Pink cap
  • Form 4406-00
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-5
  • Official Rating 52

broke well, soon steadied towards rear on outside, ridden and struggling over 3f out, well beaten 2f out

Silk - Dark Blue, Yellow disc, Yellow sleeves, Dark Blue armlets, Dark Blue cap, Yellow spots
  • Form 835235
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-4
  • Official Rating 49

chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out

Silk - Purple, grey hoops, purple sleeves and cap
  • Form 909-4
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-4
  • Official Rating 48

mid-division, pushed along 3f out, effort 2f out, soon edged left, weakened final furlong

  • Form 82202-2
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-1
  • Official Rating 62


In depth


There should be more to come from DESERT FOREST who can confirm form with Killing Moon with Jozafeen possibly best of the remainder. The handicapper has handed out a 2lb rise to Desert Forest for his half length defeat of Killing Moon over seven furlongs which could turn out to be on the generous side. He proved slightly disappointing on his final start of 2009 when tried in cheekpieces but there was no doubting his attitude on his seasonal reappearance and he's expected to improve for this longer trip. Killing Moon is clearly closely matched on that form but his growing sequence of second placed finishes has to be a concern but he seemed to see out a mile well enough at Thirsk on his penultimate start and should be on the premises. Jozafeen must have pleased and frustrated connections in equal measure as she has finished second on four of her six starts and she's entitled to be involved again whilst Raleigh Quay who beat Jozafeen in a maiden here last August is also considered but Desert Forest gets the nod.


Desert Forest (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Led, ridden over 2f out, soon under pressure, kept on gamely inside final furlong, held on towards finish, won at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May beating Killing Moon (8-11) by 1/2l, 9 ran.

Raleigh Quay (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Slowly away, towards rear, headway 2f out, kept on final furlong, 6th of 13, 3l behind Maze (9-9) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.

Killing Moon (USA) 15-8fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon not much room and tried to switch left, switched right on to rail over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Desert Forest (9-5) at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.

Coolella (IRE) 9-4fav (8-11) Pressed leader, led 3f out, soon ridden and edged left, headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 7l behind Dispol Kabira (8-4) at Carlisle 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.

Chinese Democracy (USA) 6-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, driven over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 13, 8l behind Rock The Stars (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 3yo app hcp 0-65 (6) gf.

High Resolution 8-1 (8-10) Towards rear, driven and headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong to go 3rd towards finish, not reached leading pair, 3rd of 15, 2l behind Cross Key (9-1) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf.

Lady Lube Rye (IRE) 22-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, pushed along and weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 13, 16l behind Timeless Elegance (9-8) at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.

Lord's Seat 17-2 (8-9) Led early, chased winner to over 3f out, ridden and kept on same pace final 2f, no impression, 5th of 11, 15l behind Timeless Elegance (9-4) at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.

Thescottishsoldier 40-1 (7-13) Mid-division, driven and outpaced when not much room over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression with leading trio, 4th of 9, 7l behind Jeannie Galloway (9-7) at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.

Jozafeen 20-1 (8-11) In touch stands side, led overall over 2f out, soon ridden, headed welll inside final furlong, unable to quicken, 2nd of 15, 1l behind Catawollow (7-13) at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.