2023 Scottish County Hurdle Betting Odds at Musselburgh racecourse

Saturday, 04 February 2023

There is some excellent racing on Saturday 4 February and this includes the Scottish County Handicap Hurdle. Grivetana is the current market leader, although the Paul Nicholls-trained runner could only finish sixth in her last race and many punters will be seeking a more attractive price. Lebowski could yet be sent off as SP favourite and the eight-year-old won last time out.

Washington is seeking his first win of the season although Nayati has been in the winners’ enclosure on two occasions. We’re also taken by Collingham who is a five-year-old who could be open to plenty of progression. Holmes St Georges is another horse who could be in the reckoning and much depends on how each runner fares with their respective weight.

2023 Scottish County Handicap Hurdle Tips

Grivetana is a five-year-old who has recorded back-to-back runner-up spots this season before finishing sixth last time out. She was well down the pecking order in a Mares’ Hurdle after being sent off as the 11/10 favourite, although it appears as though the horse needs better ground than the soft going at Newbury on 31 December, with trainer Paul Nicholls having previously seen some strong runs.

Grivetana seems to have a favourable weight allowance and has previously run well at Newbury on two occasions, although some might instead favour the chances of Lebowski. The Michael Scudamore-trained runner has only had one outing this season and he was in the winners’ enclosure when winning a handicap hurdle at Wetherby Racecourse on 3 December.

Washington is trained by Olly Murphy and there was a solid enough showing from the seven-year-old when finishing second in the Pertemps Network Leicestershire Bronze Fox Handicap Hurdle on heavy ground. Perhaps the runner might benefit from a firmer surface this time around and he has plenty of experience due to his age.

Nayati has won on three of his five outings this season and the nine-year-old was victorious at Musselburgh Racecourse on New Year’s Day, with the horse claiming the spoils at Fitzdares Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle. That makes him an exciting prospect in our eyes and we think that each-way punters will be looking to secure extra places.