Today's racecards

Musselburgh

  • 14:20 Totepool Handicap Hurdle2m 4f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 51.12s
  • Off time: 14:20:43
14:20 Musselburgh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st First Stream (GER) 8/1
2nd Portavadie 40/1
3rd Natural Action 11/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2121 YELLOW, royal blue stars, striped sleeves, yellow cap Mesbaah (IRE) 15
Nag meCourse Winner
5 11-12 R A Fahey B Hughes 120 9/110.00
2 757711 Maroon, Yellow sleeves, White armlets, White cap Natural Action 7 (ex7)
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-11 p P Bowen D Devereux (5) 120 11/43.75
3 F1- Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap First Stream (GER) 262
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5 11-6 J Howard Johnson D F O'Regan 114 8/19.00
4 079-65P BEIGE, BROWN hooped sleeves, ORANGE cap Portavadie 29
Nag me
10 11-5 J M Jefferson P Kinsella 113 40/141.00
5 525-110 ROYAL BLUE and WHITE (quartered), RED sleeves and cap Moonwalking 51
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-4 Jedd O'Keeffe B Harding 112 16/117.00
6 678685 Yellow, Red seams and sleeves, Red and Yellow hooped cap Soubriquet (IRE) 17
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-1 t M A Barnes M J McAlister (3) 109 18/119.00
7 709009 LIGHT GREEN and DARK GREEN HOOPS, light green sleeves, quartered cap December Sun (IRE) 30
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9 11-0 bt L Byrne R Flint (3) 108 40/141.00
8 550/731- LIGHT GREEN and DARK GREEN HOOPS, light green sleeves, quartered cap Larnalee (IRE) 514
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7 10-12 t L Byrne A P Thornton (5) 106 50/151.00
9 400056 EMERALD GREEN and ORANGE CHECK, white sleeves, white cap, emerald green star Almanyan (IRE) 43
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5 10-12 A McGuinness J M Maguire 106 14/115.00
10 6-15668 Pink, Royal Blue chevrons and armlets Regent's Secret (USA) 15
Nag me
9 10-11 v J S Goldie Paul Norton (10) 105 33/134.00
11 3P-531F Yellow, Orange star Simple Jim (FR) 5
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-11 J Hetherton K Mercer 105 12/113.00
12 5U761F Emerald Green, Light Blue sleeves, White armlets and cap Planetarium 17
Nag meDistance Winner
4 10-5 pt P Monteith Ryan Mania (3) 99 28/129.00
13 5-332 EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW sash and star on cap Locked Inthepocket (IRE) 17
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 10-0 Miss P Robson R McGrath 94 5/23.50

Verdict

MESBAH is a speculative fancy to repeat last month's course success despite being set to carry top weight. Moonwalking is an obvious threat but needs to prove he can handle the ground; so it may be down to the improving Natural Action to throw down the most serious challenge. Having won two of his six previous starts over hurdles Moonwalking has taken to the winter game with a relish. The Jedd O'Keeffe-trained gelding has stamina in abundance but is yet to really impress when there is plenty of give underfoot. A careful monitoring of the betting is advised where he is concerned. Natural Action warmed to the task nicely to get off the mark over hurdles in good style at Aintree last month. His trainer, Peter Bowen, then found a weak spot in the calendar when he sent the five-year-old to Folkestone seven days ago; and it has to be of interest that he is keen to keep the gelding on the go. However, Natural Action didn't really have to extend himself to win last time out and his 7lb penalty leaves him with a stiffer test today. Another to note is First Stream, who is open to any amount of improvement. A Graham Wylie-owned contender with a lofty reputation; expectations will be high for a return on the owner's investment. However, an absence of 262 days is a tad off-putting, though. Therefore, it can pay to take a chance on Mesbah brushing aside his burden at the weights. Richard Fahey's gelding is likely to be available at fair odds for a race heavy on numbers but light on serious challenges. In summary: Mesbah is taken as the value alternative to Natural Action.