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  • #20029
    Eclipse First
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    I was scanning through tomorrows cards and saw that Musselburgh is staging a 1m maiden worth £8000 tomorrow making it the richest maiden race in this country this week. For their initiative they have a field of 8, I think they have a right to be disappointed.

    #374249
    JJMSportsJJMSports
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    Looks a good race indeed, the fact David Marnane has sent one over from Ireland, and the Manor House team have a good one, looks promising.

    #374250
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    Just a feeling that there are some trainers who would rather have their charges racing for a pittance on the brown dust. If one trainer thinks its worth sending a horse over from Ireland it must be worth some English based trainers taking a chance. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

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    They’ve had 12 races this year so far with over 10 grand for the winner, only 6 attracted more than 9 runners. The Edinburgh Cup attracted 9 runners for a 50 grand prize to the winner. Namibian, third in that race went on to win the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood.

    Purses are low because the majority of money bet on the sport goes straight into the pockets of third-party operators.

    The Edinburgh Cup will never thrive like it should whilst they persist to run it the same day as the Derby.

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    graysonscolumngraysonscolumn
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    Therein lies the dilemma for them, though, doesn’t it?

    The Musselburgh executive looks committed to that race-date for the foreseeable, as it can continue to consolidate this fixture’s position as the second best on the afternoon (its four class 2 races offer bigger win purses than all bar one of Doncaster’s three class 2s on the day, whilst Worcester and Hexham’s jumps cards are lower fare again) and – for as long as Auntie Beeb continue to show the Derby – secure more terrestrial coverage on Channel 4 than is generally the case.

    There might (only might) be a case for moving the Edinburgh Cup to another raceday (maybe the September Sunday on which only Goodwood’s "speed festival" card of wall-to-wall 0-85 handicaps now competes) and replacing it on Derby Day with something else, but I’m not sure that’s the way all concerned with the course are wanting to head.

    gc

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    #374293
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    They had 15 runners for the inaugural running in 2010, DJ. Harris Tweed and Corsica went on to do well in pattern company afterward. The equivalent 12f handicap at Epsom that day is worth a quarter to the winner.

    Will be interesting to see if they maintain the Tote sponsorship for 2012, given the the new ownership.

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    Cavelino

    I checked the performance of runners in the 2010 Edinburgh Cup about the time of this year’s renewal. 13 of the 15 had won races in the intervening year, and from memory the most profitable was the one that finished last. I doubt there are many handicaps in a season that yield that many winners.

    This year’s renewal yielded first and third in the Queen’s Vase in Namibian and Eternal Heart, and Namibian went on to win the Gordon Stakes. The winner of the two year old event on the same card went on to win at Royal Ascot and has since been sold abroad.

    Rob

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    indocine

    …and the US, Australia and Japan all have much better arrangements in place than GB.

    Re Australia

    What percentage of those races are run at ‘country meetings’? What is the prize money level like at ‘country meetings’?

    Rob

    I did mention the prizemoney in the Prize money and the small owner thread, for country racing,it hasn’t changed since :wink: And this week there is 25 meetings across Australia of which around 16 or 17 would be classed as country and pay average prizemoney of around $7500 to about $15 000 and more.Some of the country cups here are worth $150 000

    #374307
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    Yes, Rob and hopefully the race gets the support it deserves in future years. Nine runners for a 50 grand handicap is not good enough imo.

    They’ll be very pleased with the subsequent performances of runners in their two good Conditions events in 2011. Frederick Engels as you mention, Hamish McGonagall, Waffle and Elnawin all did well in higher company.

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    Musselburgh have once again made some effort on the prize money side for today’s jumps season opener. Prizes to the winner of £6498, £5686 and £4549 are all bigger than any prizes offered elsewhere. In fact the next biggest prize is £3249 and Musselburgh match that in one race.

    The handicaps in particular look competitive today though, considering the ground will be spot on after some overnight rain, it would have been nice had they filled to capacity.

    Rob

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