Today's racecards

Musselburgh

  • 15:00 John Smith's Scottish Future Champions Novices' Chase2m 4f

  • Winner £7,798 2nd £2,290 3rd £1,145 4th £572
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 5.00s
  • Off time: 15:00:18
15:00 Musselburgh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Ericht (IRE) 2/1
2nd Bar De Ligne (FR) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 132331 Light Green, Dark Green chevrons, Red sleeves, White and Red striped cap Bar De Ligne (FR) 16
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-6 p S Gollings A P McCoy 132 7/24.50
2 P7-3211 YELLOW, PURPLE hoops and armlets, hooped cap Funny Star 52
Nag me
6 11-6 pt P F Nicholls D A Jacob 141 4/15.00
3 356132 Yellow, Black cross belts, hooped sleeves, Black cap My Idea 22
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-3 t M A Barnes S Mulqueen (7) 112 100/1101.00
4 43105-1 Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Top Of The Range (IRE) 72
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-3 N J Henderson A Tinkler 138 7/18.00
5 1343-P1 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Witness In Court (IRE) 30
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-3 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 135 4/15.00
6 1159-25 Maroon, Yellow cap, Maroon spots Ericht (IRE) 38
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-12 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 135 2/13.00
7 12/3-P13 EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW sash and star on cap Reaping The Reward (IRE) 30
Nag meDistance Winner
10 10-12 Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 130 22/123.00

Verdict

Bar De Ligne was well backed in a handicap over course and distance last month and duly obliged. A P McCoy is on board again and, though he's more exposed than a few of these, the eight-year-old should make his presence felt again. However, he was a long way behind Funny Star and Ericht at Doncaster earlier. The former has improved with experience and is on a hat-trick but only beat Ericht by half-a-length on Town Moor and the runner-up is 8lb better off now. TOP OF THE RANGE has always had the look of a chaser and confirmed that impression when making a winning start over the larger obstacles at Ascot in November. It's a bit of a surprise that Barry Geraghty has chosen his stablemate for this but the seven-year-old still gets the vote.