Our sport is used to some interesting gambles but there’s one taking place at Musselburgh on Wednesday that is perplexing to say the least. In three starts over hurdles, the subject of the gamble has form figures of PP9 which doesn’t inspire too much hope. Despite that, there appears to some out there who are confident of a big run. One firm had priced the horse up last night at 20-1 and they’re currently available at 9-2, a fraction of those odds.
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Detective makes his chase and handicap debut, having had just three starts in novice hurdles. Starts here on an opening mark of 72 which is 7lb lower than his Flat rating. Dianne Sayer’s gelding will need to improve significantly in order to feature here. That being said, 72 is a very low mark and the only way is up from here.
Very useful on the Flat, his record is particularly strong at Carlisle, where he has won five times and finished second a further eight times. In one start on the Flat at Musselburgh, he failed to place but put in a solid enough effort to finish fourth.
It’s unusual for a son of Kingman to be going over fences so if nothing else, it’s an interesting move. His last run at Wetherby in October was his only completion over timber, finishing ninth and beaten by 43 lengths. The winner of that race is fairly useful but Detective was too far behind to take many positives from the effort.
Returns after a four-month break and will hopefully be fresh and rejuvenated as a result. If fences and the switch to handicaps suits, we could see a better performance. One thing’s for sure, he’ll definitely need to improve if he’s to feature here.
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