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Musselburgh

  • 15:00 William Hill Kilmany Cup 3m

  • (Handicap Chase) £12,000 added 5yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £7,798 2nd £2,290 3rd £1,145 4th £572
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 13.48s
  • Off time: 15:02:19

Full result

15:00 Musselburgh Result 5th January 2015
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Royal Player 11-12 R Johnson P J Hobbs 6 10/11f
Held up towards rear, headway before 5 out to chase leaders, went 2nd before 4 out, led 3 out, kept on well from last opened 11/10 touched 11/10
2nd Island Heights (IRE) 10-4 Craig Nichol (3) Miss Lucinda V Russell 6 9/2
In rear, mistake 12th, headway before 4 out, hit last, kept on to chase winner run-in, no impression opened 7/2 touched 9/2
3rd Blenheim Brook (IRE) 10-3 P Buchanan Miss Lucinda V Russell 10 18/1
Led, headed 13th, led after 5 out, headed 3 out, kept on and lost 2nd place run-in opened 25/1 touched 25/1
4th Dream Flyer (IRE) 10-7 A Nicol (3) M Smith 8 6/1
Tracked leaders, soon went 2nd, led 13th, headed after 5 out, kept on from last opened 13/2 touched 13/2
5th 10 Lively Baron (IRE) 10-10 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 10 14/1
Close up, ridden before 4 out, soon weakened opened 11/1 touched 14/1
6th 9 Lord Wishes (IRE) 10-9 Lucy Alexander J Ewart 8 8/1
Close up, pushed along and lost place from 5 out opened 9/1 touched 10/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.10,£2.00
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£1.50 2&3:£8.60 1&3:£5.20

Placepot: £27.40, Pool: £50941.25, 1356.69 winning tickets
Quadpot: £9.00, Pool: £4685.7, 381.3 winning tickets

Verdict

Richard Johnson: "He's always been very enthusiastic and that was why we ended up making the running with him as he was keen to get on with it. In hindsight, he didn't really learn how to race properly as he was too keen at Ffos Las first time out, but we dropped him in last time and with only six runners we could do that again. He's still learning his job but doing well at the same time. If anything, he's very brave and has loads of scope - you have to hold him back to help him finish his race. He'll get a fairly hefty rise after this so he'll go up in grade again. He had a wind op after Ffos Las, which might have been why he wasn't finishing his races, but it's all coming together now. We liked him over hurdles and always thought he'd be a better chaser and it's coming together now."