Timeform Shortlist: Musselburgh, Wednesday January 3

There is jumps action at Musselburgh on Wednesday
There is jumps action at Musselburgh on Wednesday
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1.00 Wise Betting At racinguk.com Maiden Hurdle (5) 1m7f124y

Timeform Top Rated:
128p 11. HEARTASIA Susan Corbett James Corbett (5)
127p 4. CHOOKIE ROYALE Keith Dalgleish Craig Nichol
117+ 6. KELPIES MYTH Lucinda Russell Blair Campbell (5)

Analyst's Verdict:
Dual fairly useful bumper winner, Heartasia, shaped with enough encouragement over C&D last month to suggest she's capable of winning races over timber, and she can cash in at the second attempt now. Kelpies Myth has scope for further improvement, while Chookie Royale is likely to be suited by this sharper track. Character Onesie also deserves a mention for the in-form Donald McCain yard.


1.30 Alex Donaldson Memorial Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap) (4) 2m3f193y

Timeform Top Rated:
134p 3. MULLAGHMURPHY BLUE J. T. R. Dreaper A. E. Lynch
132p 4. MIDDLEBROW Donald McCain Will Kennedy
130 5. MARTILOO Pauline Robson Brian Hughes

Analyst's Verdict:
Mullaghmurphy Blue has been impressive when scoring twice over C&D recently and a further 10 lb rise may not stop him with further improvement likely. Middlebrow won nicely on his latest completed start and looks the obvious main danger.


2.00 All New racinguk.com Handicap Hurdle (4) 1m7f124y

Timeform Top Rated:
118 9. KING OF ARAGON Iain Jardine Ross Chapman (5)
115§ 11. HEY BOB Chris Grant Callum Bewley (3)
114 12. TOARMANDOWITHLOVE Susan Corbett James Corbett (5)

Analyst's Verdict:
Hard to enthuse over many of these, but Sleep In First proved his ability retains firmly intact when runner-up at Sedgefield last month, and he ought to be capable of making another bid after just a small rise in the weights. King of Aragon is an interesting runner on first start for Iain Jardine judged on his Flat ability, while Lady Clitco shouldn't be dismissed either returning to this code.


2.30 Isn't It Wiser To Bet At racinguk.com Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m7f180y

Timeform Top Rated:
118p 3. RANDY PIKE Tim Easterby Kaine Wood (5)
117+ 1. FULL JACK Sandy Thomson Rachael McDonald (7)
115+ 2. JUMP FOR DOUGH Lucinda Russell Thomas Willmott (10)

Analyst's Verdict:
Randy Pike confirmed his opening mark was a lenient one when scoring with any amount in hand at Market Rasen on Boxing Day and further progress rates a distinct possibility. The application of a tongue tie/cheekpieces has proved the catalyst for improvement from Lady London and she is feared, with Jump For Dough and Court Baloo also worth a second look.


3.00 Get Daily Tips At racinguk.com Kilmany Cup Handicap Chase (3) 1m7f182y

Timeform Top Rated:
150 1. MIXBOY Keith Dalgleish Brian Hughes
149 6. CHAIN OF BEACONS Katie Scott Callum Bewley (3)
148§ 3. UT MAJEUR AULMES Victor Dartnall Nick Scholfield

Analyst's Verdict:
Mixboy suffered a couple of non-completions in some very competitive handicap chases last spring but retains plenty of potential off a mark of 138 in these slightly calmer waters. He arrives on the back of a productive spell on the Flat in the second half of last year and should take a bit of stopping under Brian Hughes. Ut Majeur Aulmes and Chain of Beacons look best of the rest.


3.30 Watch Race Replays At racinguk.com Standard Open National Hunt Flat (5) 1m7f124y

Timeform Top Rated:
103 9. PAPER PROMISE Donald Whillans Callum Whillans (3)
96 3. KEEPINUPWITDJONES Sharon Watt Finian O'Toole (5)

Analyst's Verdict:
Probably not a strong bumper and Paper Promise could land the spoils if building on her Kelso second in May. Lucinda Russell's pair Thepensionfund (due to run at Ayr on Tuesday) and Blue Baton are respected, while Leostar is another newcomer to note.


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