Today's racecards

Nottingham

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  • Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 12.77s
  • Off time: 20:00:22
20:00 Nottingham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Love Marmalade (IRE) 11/8
2nd Short Squeeze (IRE) 11/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 (2) 092-5 Pink, Light Blue epaulets and armlets Short Squeeze (IRE) 14
Nag me
3 9-7 H Palmer Martin Dwyer 75 11/43.75
3 (5) 2126- Dark Blue and Yellow (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Dark Blue stars and stars on cap Kolonel Kirkup 213
Nag me
3 9-6 M Dods T Eaves 74 16/117.00
6 (6) 0640-12 ORANGE, EMERALD GREEN stars Love Marmalade (IRE) 9
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
3 9-2 M Johnston S De Sousa 70 11/82.38
7 (3) 605-212 Dark blue, large yellow spots Mizyen (IRE) 22
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 9-2 J Tate N Callan 70 7/24.50
8 (8) 321-182 Light Blue, Royal Blue Cross of Lorraine and sleeves, quartered cap Mixed Message (IRE) 8
Nag me
3 9-0 J Mackie A Mullen 68 13/27.50
Non runners
1 (4)01-15Smileswithhiseyes (IRE)39-7Miss Gay KellewayN Callan75
4 (7)08-4Thorpe (IRE)39-6R M BeckettR Kingscote74
5 (1)952-8Song Light39-4D R C ElsworthDane O'Neill72

Verdict

Michael Dods has already staged a couple of successful raids on Nottingham's early season prizes, and though Kolonel Kirkup ran too badly to be true on his final race of 2012, it would be no surprise to see him bounce back to form. Mizyen has been a model of consistency and the front-runner will go close but LOVE MARMALADE receives our vote. Mark Johnston's colt won over course and distance last month and in fairness to him, he didn't do a great deal wrong when attempting a follow-up at Kempton next time out. Mixed Message won on her debut for John Mackie at Southwell, and though she is a winner on soft, she has placed twice on a faster surface in the past. A step up in trip looked as if it could be the making of Short Squeeze. The market was lukewarm about his prospects at Doncaster on reappearance and he ran accordingly.