Olly Murphy: Three chances at Stratford on Saturday and one at Fontwell on Sunday

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Betfair Ambassador Olly Murphy has four runners across Saturday's and Sunday's cards. The Warwickshire chief gives his thoughts on their chances...

"Of the trio, he's my best chance on paper with Richard Johnson and cheekpieces fitted, and I believe he's still open to further improvement."

- Olly Murphy on St Gallen

Three runners in a competitive handicap on Saturday

16:45 Stratford - Fiesole, Valentino Dancer and St Gallen

My only three runners of the day are at our local track Stratford, in what looks a competitive handicap hurdle.

Fiesole hasn't reached the heights of last season so far and he's still 8lbs higher than his last winning mark. He's starting to come down in the weights which will give him a small each-way chance, but he'll need a bit more help from the handicapper if he isn't in the frame.

Valentino Dancer ran well at Market Rasen last time, but he's still 5lbs higher than when winning at Perth over a year ago. He seems in good form at home and he's another with an each-way chance with the cheekpieces fitted and Fergus Gregory taking off 3lbs.

St Gallen is a consistent horse who is still improving. He won at Southwell in July and has had some good efforts on the flat either side. The runs on the flat have kept him sharp and he's showing all the right signs at home. Of the trio, he's my best chance on paper with Richard Johnson and cheekpieces fitted, and I believe he's still open to further improvement.

Sunday - Drumnagreagh needs to improve on what she's shown under rules

15:20 Fontwell - Drumnagreagh

Drumnagreagh is a mare with very little form to date under rules and this will be her first run in just under two years. She won an Irish mares' maiden point-to-point in October 2018 and picked up an injury soon after. I think she is handicapped to be competitive but will need to improve on what she's done under rules so far to be in with a chance.

Olly Murphy,

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