Today's Racing News: Battle commence! Buick and Murphy head to head at Leicester

Murphy and Buick go into battle at Leicester

Welcome to Monday, a fresh, brand new week of racing and Daryl Carter is here to guide you through it all.

"Both Murphy and William Buick head to Leicester today. Murphy has five rides and Buick four, but Buick has the most impressive strike rate at this venue, 26%, compared to Murphy's 16%."

Yes, it's not the most exhilarating day of racing we will see this week, but for those looking for the diamonds in the rough, they will be searching at Wolverhampton, Leicester, and Hamilton on the flat.

Non-runners are aplenty at Hamilton today as the going has changed to soft overnight.

Jumps fans will head to Warwick, Fairyhouse or Listowel today.

Money Talk

Money Talk continues to highlight the Betfair Sportsbook big-money moves to keep you in the loop. This section highlights market moves between 1:00 am and 9:00 am.

13:00 Leicester - Mount Rainier 20/1 into 12/1
14:00 Leicester - Rhyme Scheme 22/1 into 13/2
15:45 Leicester - Blades Equal 11/1 into 15/2
20:00 Wolverhampton - Rouge Et Noir 6/1 into 9/2

The market says LAY!

Which horse is the Betfair Sportsbook market suggesting to Lay?

15:10 Leicester - Faustus 5/2 OUT 11/4

The market is not in favour of the chances of Faustus. Likely to be seen to best effect on soft ground and the market favours at least two other runners in the race.

Mark your card

The Betfair Sportsbook is paying extra places today!

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Four of the last five winners of the 13:00 Join Racing TV Now Fillies' Nursery Handicap at Leicester have been handicap debutants. Today, there are five running in the contest, including two priced at big odds. 23.022/1 Quel Kiama and 34.033/1 Glasstrees.

Trainer William Haggas and jockey Tom Marquand have a five-for ten 50% record when teaming up at Leicester. Today they partner with Angel Amedea 3.7511/4 at 14:35.

Jockey Ray Dawson and owner David Brown have a 75% strike rate when teaming up at Wolverhampton. They pair with True Hero 5.59/2 at 17:30.

At Hamilton in the 15:22, Tim Easterby's Multellie 6.511/2 will look for a third win in the race after scoring in 2018 and 2019.

In the 17:35 at Hamilton, Temper Trap 3.7511/4 will look for his fourth course and distance success and will take on a weak enough favourite who has done his best work at Carlisle.

Buick and Murphy title race continues at Leicester

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Oisin Murphy leads the current race for the Champion Jockey title and is ten winners ahead at writing. Both Murphy and William Buick head to Leicester today. Murphy has five rides and Buick four, but Buick has the most impressive strike rate at this venue, 26%, compared to Murphy's 16%.

The juicy jolly stat double at Warwick

Backing all handicap chase favourites at Warwick would have yielded a £29.19 profit over the years. Zoffee 15:00 and Three Bullet Gate 16:10 are the current favourites that fit the bill.

The double pays 7.513/2.

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Horses for courses

This section highlights horses that have won twice or more at today's tracks and could be in with a chance for more success.

14:50 Hamilton - Jordan Electrics - Has won here twice (17%)
15:22 Hamilton - Multellie - Has won here twice (25%)
15:45 Leicester - Peachy Carnehan - Has won here twice (22%)
16:50 Leicester - Eatern Star - Has won here twice (67%)
17:35 Hamilton - Temper Trap - Has won here three times (75%)

Weighted to go well

"Weighted to go well" highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.

15:22 Hamilton - Koeman - Has won off 93 runs off 78
16:10 Warwick - Royal Plaza - Has won off 110 runs off 83
16:20 Leicester - Global Hope - Has won off 69 runs off 56
16:45 Warwick - Bean In Trouble - Has won off 122 runs off 111
18:30 Wolverhampton - Jack Star - Has won off 79 runs off 65
18:30 Wolverhampton - Zamjar - Has won off 77 runs off 62

Form Watch

This section highlights a trainer, owner or jockey who is in excellent current form and their runners or rides for the day.

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Trainer Clive Cox has been operating at a 28% strike rate in the past 14 days, with seven winners from 25 runners. Today he saddles 14:00 Leicester, Just Amber 11.010/1, 15:10 Leicester, First Edition 5.04/1 and 18:00 Wolverhampton, Benefit 10.09/1.

Furthest traveller

Today's furthest traveller is trainer Peter Bowen with Kapsize 3.02/1 in the 16:10 at Warwick. The trainer has travelled 209 miles.

Race of the day

Leicester's 15:10 Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap looks to be the hottest ticket in town on Monday. A competitive Class 3 five-furlong sprint.

The fast ground has to be a concern for those backing Faustus. He was last seen on turf winning in good style at Lingfield, but that came on soft ground and in a Class 5 event and today's faster ground, along with the step-up in grade, are reasons to be taking him on.

He hasn't looked as progressive as a couple of his rivals in this contest, and it's difficult to find the positives with one so short in the betting. His price will surely drift out from the current 2/1.

First Edition is relatively unexposed at this five-furlong trip, and he has probably been hindered by his excellent fourth in the Mill Reef as a two-year-old, leaving him with nowhere to go off a lofty handicap mark of 101.

He has now fallen in the weights down to a handicap mark of 93, so he has to be of some interest.

He hasn't convinced over this trip, though, and it may be the case that he is best watched for the remainder of the season with a view to a handicapping season next term off a mark in the '80s.

Nomadic Empire has done very little wrong this term, and despite his one for 15 record, he has mixed it with some hot company, and this is a drop into calmer waters.

He may be seen to best effect over six furlongs down the line, but he has fallen five pounds in the handicap despite recording three RPRS in the 100 plus bracket this term.

It's interesting that connections remove the cheek-pieces for the first time since running second at Doncaster behind the useful Jawwaal.

He makes the most appeal.

Timeform looks for a dream start to the week at Hamilton

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Read Timeform tips here.

Final Word

It's getting to that time of year where the National Hunt news starts to filter through on all the websites, "this horse is the best I've ever trained" and "he will certainly improve for a fence" are just a few comments you will hear over the coming weeks as we build up to Chepstow's open meeting.

It's all very exciting, but it's worth remembering that with a new season comes the need for new evidence. A clean slate for many horses, Cheltenham Festival form, doesn't always work out, and some average hurdlers can improve into top-class chasers.

The one thing it is worth reiterating for the upcoming season is that the Novice Hurdle division was abysmal last season. You only need to look at the final field for the Supreme Novice Hurdle. Those horses will now step into the Novice Chase division, so expectations will need to be kept firmly in check.

The closer we get to the National Hunt season, the more angles we will discuss in this section.

Until tomorrow, be lucky.

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