Olly Murphy: The verdict on my two weekend runners at Aintree and Huntingdon
Betfair Ambassador Olly Murphy has just two runners this weekend but is very keen on the chances of one of them at Huntingdon on Sunday afternoon...
"This looks a hot enough race and he will want 2m4f in time but I'd be very hopeful that he'll be there fighting out the finish. Of my two runners this weekend he would easily be my best chance."
- Olly Murphy on Brewin'Upastorm
Jack best watched on first run for stable
13:00 - Jetstream Jack
This will be his first run for me since making the switch from Gordon Elliott's yard in Ireland. He was quite a promising horse at one stage but seems to have lost his way over the last 18 months, so Mrs Whateley, a great supporter of mine, decided a change of scenery could be the tonic to rekindle his enthusiasm.
His penultimate start was in the Irish Grand National where he was pulled up on very heavy ground and he didn't appear to relish the first time blinkers he wore there either. Then his last run for my old boss was at the Punchestown festival where he was beaten a total of 29L in fifth place, again in a chase.
We are reverting to hurdles here and while he has been going well in his work at home and he's ready to start off he is probably best watched until he begins to show a return to form. Jack Kennedy, who is familiar with him from his time at Gordon's, takes the ride.
Looking forward to a storm hitting the racecourse
13:20 - Brewin'Upastorm
This guy is one of my best novices and I have been really looking forward to getting him going over hurdles. A winner of his only point-to-point in Ireland, he had the speed to win a bumper at Hereford in January, the form of which has worked out well. The runner-up that day, Portrush Ted, has won twice since and the third has also franked the form.
We then went to Newbury on Betfair Super Saturday, under a penalty, for a valuable bumper. He travelled really well that day before tiring in the ground but again that has worked out a pretty decent race with the winner, Acey Milan, going on to finish fourth in the Champion Bumper at the Festival.
This looks a hot enough race and he will want 2m4f in time but I'd be very hopeful that he'll be there fighting out the finish. Of my two runners this weekend he would easily be my best chance. Dickie Johnson rides.
Best Chance: Brewin'Upastorm