Olly Murphy: Exclusive views on my Saturday runners
Betfair Ambassador Olly Murphy discusses his Saturday runners as they head to the meetings at Chelmsford, Kempton and Lingfield...
"Having his first run for us since joining the yard from Karl Burkes. He won twice on the all-weather at Newcastle as a two-year-old, as a consequence achieved a rating of 75, but didn't manage to get his head in front in nine subsequent starts, although he ran some fairly decent races in defeat."
My best chance of a winner
13:10 - Endlessly
Has joined me from Martyn Meade and he has some pretty decent runs in maidens for his former yard, most notably when just 13L behind the William Haggas trained, Young Rascal, who went on to mix it with the best of his generation in the derby and subsequently won two Group 3's towards the back end of last season. There are some unexposed types in here but from what my lad has shown me at home I thought he would be right in the mix and is probably my best chance of a winner this weekend.
A sound chance
15:55 - Dutch Uncle
Dutch Uncle has won two of his last three starts for me and having won a seller in Lingfield last time out he is back in a handicap here off a mark of 80. He seems on very good terms with himself at home and Megan Nicholls, who rode him when he won an apprentice seller in Lingfield last December, is back on board and extremely good value for the 5lbs she can claim off him here. He doesn't have many secrets from the handicapper and is top weight but I think he has a sound chance in a competitive little race.
Aim for the stars?
15:55 - Astrologist
This will be Astrologist's first outing for us since joining from Clive Cox's yard so it will be interesting to see how he gets on off his mark of 74. He's by the mighty Sea The Stars and is still a maiden on the flat, although having said that this will be only his fifth career start so there are very few miles on the clock. He will be going juvenile hurdles very soon and will improve for the run here but on what he's shown me at home he could be a place prospect.
Yard debutant is a good each way chance
19:45 - Emerald Rocket
Having his first run for us since joining the yard from Karl Burkes. He won twice on the all-weather at Newcastle as a two-year-old, as a consequence achieved a rating of 75, but didn't manage to get his head in front in nine subsequent starts, although he ran some fairly decent races in defeat. His second to Lucky Deal in Carlisle last June reads particularly well with the winner now rated 91. He's another who has been bought to go juvenile hurdling but this looks a good opportunity to get a run into him. He does everything so nicely at home, I thought he would have a good each way chance off his revised mark of 69. Luke Morris rides and that's also a massive plus for his chances.