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Olly Murphy: Hopeful Oxford Blu can get back on track at Ascot

Olly is hopeful of an improved performance from Oxford Blu at Ascot on Saturday
Olly is hopeful of an improved performance from Oxford Blu at Ascot on Saturday
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Betfair Ambassador Olly Murphy provides his thoughts on his eight runners this week and is hoping Ballinslea Bridge can finally get his head in front at Market Rasen...

"16:10 - Brewin'Upastorm - was impressive on his point to point win last year and is also doing everything asked of him at home. This looks a competitive bumper for the course but he is a nice horse and we hope he runs well."

Tuesday - Hereford

12:20 - Sable Island - Was a progressive horse on the flat and is doing everything nicely at home. I would be disappointed if he doesn't go close on his debut as it looks a winnable contest.

16:10 - Brewin'Upastorm - was impressive on his point to point win last year and is also doing everything asked of him at home. This looks a competitive bumper for the course but he is a nice horse and we hope he runs well.

Wednesday - Market Rasen

Ballinslea Bridge has been the bridesmaid in four starts for me, this looks a competitive Novice Hurdle race but the horse deserves to win a race and with Fergus Gregory taking 7lb off and the step up in trip, it should all help.

Fresh New Dawn is having his first start in a handicap with what doesn't appear to be a very lenient handicap mark. The step up in trip will help and he should have a good each way chance.

Saturday - Ascot

Oxford Blu produced a good win for me first time out but he was disappointing next time when he did not run his race at Fontwell. He is very well at home and if he reproduces the form from his initial run then he should go well.

Sunday - Newcastle

Swaffham Bulbeck is a new recruit to the yard and he works well, jumps nicely, handles soft ground and we are hopeful of a good run.

Costa Galera will run in his debut bumper. He goes ok and a quick surface will suit him. He is very straight forward.

Mullaghboy has won two of his four starts for me. He has his quirks but plenty of ability and is capable of winning off this handicap mark.

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