Project Bluebook Looks Useful

January 20th, 2017 | Marten's Current Racing Diary

It was fairly humdrum stiff today but we might have seen a good horse in the shape of Project Bluebook, who won the 0-135 handicap hurdle at Musselburgh.

The son of Sinndar was a useful performer on the Flat, winning three of his 10 starts and ending the season on a mark of 81. He made his hurdling debut at Catterick in December, running the useful Nietzsche to a length, and then went to Musselburgh on New Year’s Day and beat Warp Factor by two and a quarter lengths.

The handicapper gave him a mark of 127 and John Quinn clearly must have felt that was more than workable in pitching him into today’s race. Travelling smoothly throughout, he took up the lead approaching the last and quickened clear to beat Mister Kit by two and a half lengths.

He will be raised to the high 130s for this, which could be enough to earn him a place in the Fred Winter Novices’ Handicap Hurdle. The alternative could be the Triumph Hurdle, although that will prove a very different challenge to winning a handicap at Musselburgh.

Drops Of Jupitor won the closing bumper in the manner of a mare with a future. The daughter of Dylan Thomas is bred for the Flat, so she was better suited to this flat track and good ground than the mud she had been ploughing through in Ireland.

Bye for now

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