Betfair Ambassador Olly Murphy kicks off a busy week of entries with six runners at Lingfield and Carlisle on Monday, he gives his thoughts on their chances...
"General Custard runs in the bumper, he was disappointing at Ffos Las and I believe he's better than that. Brian Ellison's horse may be hard to beat but my lad is very well bred and I'm hoping he'll run well."
We had a good week last week with plenty of horses running well and two winners at Fakenham. We look to have a busy week again, starting with Lingfield today where I run two in the bumper...
13:45 Lingfield - Sangha River & Costa Galera
Sangha River was a good winner in Doncaster on his last start, he's in very good form at home, he's working well and I'm hopeful he'll run a very big race. He'd be my best chance of the day.
Costa Galera is a newcomer having his first start, goes nicely at home the quick surface will suit him and it wouldn't surprise me at all if he finished in the money.
14:15 Lingfield - Saucysioux & After Aspen
Saucysioux runs in the handicap hurdle, she pulled up on her last start and she will have to put than run behind her. She looked an improver up until then, the track will suit her well and she'll handle the ground no problem. If she puts her last effort behind her she'd have an each-way chance.
After Aspen also runs in handicap hurdle, he's making his stable debut for me and his work has been good at home. I don't know if the handicapper is being harsh giving him a mark of 115, but he looks like he could be competitive and I'd like to think he'll go very close on his stable debut.
I also have two runners up at Carlisle...
14:00 Carlisle - Ballinslea Bridge
Ballinslea Bridge runs in the first race on the card; going right-handed will suit him well as will stepping up to two and a half miles. It looks a competitive enough affair and I think Ian Williams' horse is the one to beat, but providing he improves again from his last run I think he'll go very close.
17:10 Carlisle - General Custard
General Custard runs in the bumper, he was disappointing at Ffos Las and I believe he's better than that. Brian Ellison's horse may be hard to beat but my lad is very well bred and I'm hoping he'll run well.
16:50 Taunton - Bisoubisou
Bisoubisou runs in the last race at Taunton tomorrow, she won well at Fakenham the last day, she's stepping up in trip and has gone up in the handicap as a result. She has an each-way chance and always gives it her all.
17:10 Wetherby - It's O Kay
It's O Kay runs in the bumper at Wetherby, I was a little bit disappointed that she got beat first time out at Doncaster. Her work has always been very good at home and I believe she is a very nice mare. I'd be hoping she'll take all the beating tomorrow now she has a run under her belt.
17:40 Wolverhampton - Sevilla & Comaptriot
Sevilla ran well having her first start back from a break last week, where she had a very bad draw, she's better drawn well tomorrow and has an each-way chance.
Compatriot is having his first start for me and is stepping up in trip. His work at home is good, he runs off a nice mark of 52 and I'd be very disappointed if he wasn't extremely competitive off his mark with Lisa O'Neill riding.
16:05 Ludlow - Fresh New Dawn
Fresh New Dawn ran well at Kempton on his last start when stepping up in trip on a flat track, he looked like he bumped into an improver that day. The trip and track will suit him well and he'd have an each-way chance.
14:10 Sedgefield - Wood Pigeon
Wood Pigeon may head to Sedgefield, he was bit unlucky on his last start when unseating at Towcester. I think he's still well able to win off his mark, he's in very good form and I'd be hoping he'd go very close, the softer the ground the better.
14:25 Warwick - Eolian, Zamalight & Simafar
Eolian and Zamalight will be making their stable debuts. Both go nicely at home, are fit and well but may need the experience having their first start over hurdles.
Simafar was very disappointing on his stable debut, he'll have to improve significantly to trouble the judge.
15:30 Warwick - Knockgraffon
Knockgraffon runs in the big handicap chase at Warwick, he's in good form and was in the process of running a nice race when falling at Wetherby. Brian Hughes is riding and he won on him up at Musselburgh and I'm hoping he has a good each-way chance.
Looking ahead to the weekend...
Hurricane Rita will probably be my only runner on Sunday in the selling handicap hurdle at Southwell, she is what she is and finished third in a similar race at Fakenham last week, she has a good each-way chance once again.
Krazy Paving has a couple of options towards the end of the week. He will be having his first start for me having won his last race for my mum, he seems in very good form and is more than capable of getting his head in front again.