The form of his debut second at Lingfield couldn’t have worked out much better, with the winner, third (three times), fifth and sixth (twice) all winning since. And I think he shaped a bit better for me than the bare result indicated in the Chesham last time, although he was beaten a fair way in the end. The occasion just got the better of him. So, back in grade, I would hope that this well-related colt can be very competitive; he has an obvious chance.
You don’t need to me to tell you what a great start Olly Murphy has made to his training career, so let’s hope we can keep up the good run here. He has middle-distance form off higher marks on the Flat when trained in Ireland last season and showed more of hurdles when second to a stablemate at Market Rasen earlier in the month. The step up in trip promises to suit and you’d have to be hopeful of a good show.
Clearly, she showed promise in all three of her starts at two, putting up her best effort when stepped up to 1m2f at Nottingham. The form of that race has not really worked out this season – the winner has been disappointing – but a mark of 75 reflects that and she is a half-sister to a 1m5f winner, so let’s hope the Dubawi filly can get a valuable win under her belt. Her stamina is not guaranteed on pedigree, though.
He got withdrawn because of the soft ground at Newmarket last Saturday. I have won on him a couple of times down the years, as well as finishing second in a Buckingham Palace on him, and he has been remarkably consistent all season. Of course, that doesn’t lend itself to an attractive handicap mark, but he won at Yarmouth last time and went up only 1lb for it. He ran well here when beaten under a length into third in February, so everything is set for him to run a good race.
He was disappointing at Chester last time, but you can forgive any horse a poor run there. Some like it, some don’t. His earlier Kempton win for me was very convincing and, even off an 8lb higher mark, I would hope that he can still be competitive. He has turf form but an all-weather surface clearly suits him well, so let’s hope he takes to Newcastle.
She has stepped forward a lot on her last two starts, and I think a 4lb rise for her Yarmouth win last time looks fair enough. She gets into this 0-55 rated 56, and she looks one of the more likely winners to me.
She may not have enjoyed the soft ground when running poorly at Hamilton earlier in the month but she returned to form when a fair fourth at Beverley last time. She has been dropped 1lb for that, which is helpful, and she looks fairly handicapped on her course debut.
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