Betfair Ambassador Olly Murphy gives his exclusive views on all of his runners this week including a pair at the Cheltenham November Meeting on Sunday...
"On Sunday I head to Cheltenham with two runners. Undefined Beauty, who’s dotted up on her last two starts will run in the first. She looks like she’s improving and will hopefully run very well under her usual hold up tactics."
After a fairly quiet few days, I've my first runner of the week today at Bangor-on-Dee. Mizen Master takes his chance in a valuable handicap hurdle. He's done nothing but please me all year, winning twice, and although he didn't finish in the money, ran well at Cheltenham last time. He's in good form, and I think the drop back in trip will suit. He has an each-way chance.
Tomorrow I run Royal Plaza. He looks frustrating, always travelling well through his races and not picking up. I've stepped him up considerably in trip tomorrow so hopefully that will suit if he settles.
Friday I plan to run two bumper horses (if the race divides) at Newcastle. Ballinslea Bridge and Fresh New Dawn, they both finished second on their only starts for me to date and are both capable of winning a bumper before they go and jump obstacles. Ballinslea Bridge I thought was unlucky not to win at Fakenham, and I'd hope he could go one better on Friday.
Captiva Island, who ran well at Ayr when having his first run for me may go to Uttoxeter on Saturday for a maiden hurdle, he has come on for his run and I'd be hopeful he will run very well. The quirky Sandy Cove, who refused to race at Uttoxeter the last day, will go there as well. If he jumps off he should go very close but he has a mind of his own!
On Sunday I head to Cheltenham with two runners. Undefined Beauty, who's dotted up on her last two starts will run in the first. She looks like she's improving and will hopefully run very well under her usual hold up tactics.
Rio Quinto will run in the bumper, he's a lovely horse for the future and this will very much be a starting point, not his Gold Cup. He does everything nicely at home, but will most definitely want a trip in time. I'm looking forward to getting him on the track, but he could run well and only finish in the middle in what looks a strong race.