Olly Murphy: Exclusive thoughts on my three Saturday runners at Lingfield and Huntingdon
Olly Murphy's Seemingly So got the win out of his three runners at Market Rasen on Thursday. Read how he hopes to get on this Saturday...
"Obviously, my guys lack experience over hurdles but he has schooled well at home and is showing up well in his work. He should have a good each way chance with David England in the saddle."
Big run incoming
15.40 - Swaffham Bulbeck
He hasn't run since finishing second to Return Ticket in a maiden hurdle at Ayr last May and reverts back to the flat here having last run on it in October 2017, when under the care of Ed Vaughan. From what I've seen at home, 65 seems to be a fair mark and that puts him on joint top weight here with Light Of Air.
As it's a 0-65 handicap for 3-year-olds and up most of them are well exposed at this stage of their careers but that's not something you can really say about my runner who has also had a wind-op and will wear a first-time tongue tie, since his last run. I'm delighted to have secured the booking of David Probert and the horse is going well at home. All told, I'm hopeful of a big run.
Well at home
13.05 - Peachey
Another who will wear a first-time tongue tie after having a wind-op. He was beaten a little over 2L when fifth behind Tokay Dokey in a bumper back in May. That looks like decent form now with the winner having subsequently won two nice novice hurdles at Uttoxeter and the runner up, Encore Champs, having landed a maiden hurdle at Ffos Los.
Obviously, my guys lack experience over hurdles but he has schooled well at home and is showing up well in his work. He should have a good each way chance with David England in the saddle.
Excitement in gold and green
15.25 - Collooney
Collooney will be my first runner in the gold and green hoops of JP McManus and a horse that really excites me. He finished second in a 4-year-old point-to-point in Ireland on heavy ground last April when fancied for his then connections and while he is definitely a horse for the future, he does everything very easily at home and that is always pleasing.
My one concern is that a 1m6f may be on the sharp side for him but he is very straight forward horse, which his jockey - Fergus Gregory - know well from home, and this looks like a good opportunity to get him started. I'm hopeful he'll run very well.
Best Chance - Peachey each way