Olly Murphy: Exclusive views on my runners over the weekend and beyond
Olly Murphy had a nice winner on the Flat during a quiet week, and here the Betfair Ambassador discusses the chances of his entries through to next Tuesday...
"He hasn't been the easiest to train but he seems in very good form, his work at home is good and he is lovely prospect for the future."
- Olly Murphy on Mon Port (runs Tuesday)
We've had a fairly quiet week so far with most of our National Hunt horses now on their summer break. Napping got off the mark when winning the Fillies Sprint Handicap at Bath on Wednesday under a good ride from Hayley Turner, hopefully she will be able to follow this up next time. We have two runners this evening at Aintree.
Each-way chances for my Friday night Aintree runners
Friday, Aintree 18:40 - Lisheen Prince
Lisheen Prince- runs in the handicap hurdle, he ran an adequate race on his first start for me at Cheltenham where he travelled well before getting tired. I'm hoping for a big improvement tonight and he looks to have an each-way chance.
Friday, Aintree 20:20 - Knockgraffon
Knockgraffon - steps up in trip in the 3 mile 2 furlong handicap chase, there's a question mark over if he will stay, or not. He's had a long season but if he stays the trip he should run well.
Bangor-on-Dee - Saturday
Eolian - runs in the maiden hurdle. He ran ok on his debut for me at Warwick, but will need to improve off the back of that run to be up to winning.
Crumpledandcreased - runs in the same race as Eolian. She is having her first run for me since arriving from Willie Mullins. She is a keen going sort and will need to relax and switch off, if she does she would have an each-way chance.
Sunday at Market Rasen
More Than Luck runs in the handicap hurdle at 14:45. He looks to be in handicapper's grip and will need to improve off what he has shown in his last two starts to figure.
Telegraph Place ran well on his last start for me when finishing second behind stable companion Weebill at Fakenham who has won again since. The step up in trip will suit and he should run well in the closing race on the card.
Sunday at Stratford
Flynnvincible heads to Stratford for the novice hurdle at 14:00. He has run ok in a couple of maiden hurdles. It looks a trappy little race with only four runners, however, I'd be hopeful the step up in trip and a bit of better ground will suit him well.
Looking forward to Port early in the week
Monday - Towcester
Royal Plaza - is a possible for the novice chase. He is returning from his winter break, will appreciate the drying ground and off a mark of 119 he should be capable of winning a novice chase during the summer. I'd be hopeful more than confident that he will run well.
Tuesday - Huntingdon
Mon Port - has some strong bumper form. He hasn't been the easiest to train but he seems in very good form, his work at home is good and he is lovely prospect for the future. He will have the one run before going out on his summer break and I'm looking forward to running him.