After a quiet period, Betfair Ambassador Olly Murphy has plenty of horses in action this week, including 11 on a busy Tuesday at Bangor and elsewhere. Here our man discusses his runners' form and chances...
"Knight Commander runs in the 20:35. He won well on his first start last season and maybe a horse who is best caught fresh. It looks a competitive race for the grade and he's a small each way chance, althought the handicapper may have a grip of him."
Although the last week was fairly quiet runners wise we had a couple of winners with Telegraph Place and Yensir. Telegraph Place was a surprise winner at Warwick last Wednesday when winning the novice hurdle and he looks to be a good, fun horse for the summer. Yensir won the maiden hurdle at Fakenham on Sunday, he has taken really well to hurdling and looks one to keep on the right side of through the summer too.
We have a busy day today with 11 runners and start the day with five at Bangor.
Thoughts on my five at Bangor on Tuesday
Compatriot runs in the 14:30. He was disappointing on his first start over hurdles and will need to improve considerably to figure today, but his flat form was strong and he seems in good form at home.
No Alarm runs in the same race and is another who will have to step up on what he has shown so far. He looks one who may be better suited to handicaps in the future.
Captiva Island runs in the 15:00. He works well at home but has been disappointing to date. He is having his first run over fences and If he brings his early maiden hurdle form to the table he would have an each way chance, but isn't one to rely on.
Craigmor has his first run in a handicap hurdle at 15:30. He seems in very good form and I hope he has enough experience for his first handicap and if so I thought he has a good each way chance.
More Than Luck runs in the same race. He seems to have lost way. I'm trying him in a hood today and hopefully he will improve for the switch of headgear.
My best chance of a winner on Tuesday runs at Fontwell
Carraigin Aonair runs in the 14:15. She was a winner on the flat on her last start. She hasn't run over hurdles for a year but looks to have a nice mark. Lewis Stones takes 10lb's off her back and I think she's my best chance of a winner today.
Wishfull Dreaming goes in the 14:45. He has been disappointing on his two starts since joining me from Philip Hobbs he jumped poorly on his first start at Kempton. He has plenty of ability but he also has his fair share of problems. If he puts in a clear round of jumping, he should run well but he's not one to have total faith in.
A quartet of runners at Southwell
Mullaghboy runs in the handicap chase at 18:35. He has previously struggled with his jumping but if he gets into a nice rhythm on the better ground he'll have an each way chance, although he will improve for his first start of the season.
Crumpledandcreased runs in the 19:35. She ran better than her finishing position suggested on her stable debut for me. If she switches off, I'd be disappointed if she didn't finish in the first three as it looks a weak maiden hurdle, although Dan Skelton's runner Weightfordave looks the one to beat.
Knight Commander runs in the 20:35. He won well on his first start last season and maybe a horse who is best caught fresh. It looks a competitive race for the grade and he's a small each way chance, however the handicapper may have a grip of him.
This Lovely Lady runs in the mares bumper at 21:05. She's out of a staying family and she'll run respectably. She has a good attitude and will be a nice staying filly in time.
Simafar set for first handicap start at Uttoxeter on Wednesday
Simafar runs in 13:40 and is having his first start in a handicap. He was disappointing in maiden hurdles and I thought the handicapper has been fairly harsh giving him a mark of 100. He is starting off in the right grade, has a set a cheek pieces to help him and the assistance of Richard Johnson and I'd be hopeful he will finish in the first four.
High hopes for Miles to Milan at Stratford on Saturday
He was a winner on his first start over fences for me up at Ayr. He will be having his first run in a handicap, stays well, likes a bit of decent ground and I'd be hoping he will run very well.