Olly Murphy starts the week with a busy day at Fakenham where he saddles no fewer than 11 runners giving him a winning chance in every race. Here the Betfair Ambassador gives his exclusive thoughts on them all and his intended runners later in the week...
"Rio Quinto (13:55) was very impressive at the track when winning a maiden hurdle last time out. The step up in trip will suit and I hope he'll take all the beating."
Monday's Fakenham runners
A busy day at Fakenham with 11 runners, starting with Ataman and Hurricane Rita in the first at 13:25.
Ataman has been disappointing to date so will have to improve on what he's show so far. Hurricane Rita has had one good run and one poor run for me, if she turns up in the same form as she did when finishing second at Towcester she will go very close.
Piri Massini (13:55) is a grand horse who has been off the track for a long time, he will certainly come on for his run as he is very fragile and today is a very much a watching brief.
Rio Quinto (13:55) was very impressive at the track when winning a maiden hurdle last time out. The step up in trip will suit and I hope he'll take all the beating.
More Than Luck (14:25) has been in good form winning two of his three starts for me. He is stepping up in grade today, but looks to have an each-way chance.
Captiva Island (14:55) looks to have it all to do to beat the favourite, but he has experience on his side and we will try and put that to good use and ride him positively.
No Alarm and Flynnvincible (14:55) both have to improve considerably to be competitive. They have both have been disappointing for me and their previous yards.
Wood Pigeon (15:25), the step back in trip will suit. He has been a bit disappointing for me so far, but if he reproduces his Irish form he looks sure to run a big race.
Bisoubisou (15:55) ran ok on handicap debut at Christmas, she has improved considerably at home and I'd be hoping she'd be competitive today.
Flow With Eve (15:55) is a grand little mare who has been off the track for a while. She will come on for the run but has an each-way chance in what looks a weak race.
Rio Quinto looks to be my best chance of the day.
And my intended runners later in the week
Oxford Blu heads to Wetherby tomorrow. He won well first time out before he disappointed on his next start. He seems very well at home and I'd be hopeful for big run under a penalty.
On Wednesday Undefined Beauty runs at Exeter. She's a very consistent mare who is well capable of winning of her mark, drops back to 2 miles and should be thereabouts again.
Swaffham Bulbeck, has his first start over hurdles at Warwick on Thursday, he was progressive on the flat, jumps very well and seems very straightforward. I'm really looking forward to running him albeit he will come on for the run.
Two possible runners on Saturday are Whiskey In The Jar and It's O Kay. Whiskey In The Jar goes to Uttoxeter. He was very disappointing at Ascot last time, will handle conditions very well and if he can leave his last run behind him I don't see any reason why he can't run a big race.
It's O Kay may head to Doncaster. She's a very well bred mare who goes nicely at home, it wouldn't surprise me at all if she was well capable of a winning a bumper before jumping hurdles. She is a filly I like a lot.
Both Brewin' Upastorm and Ballinslea Bridge won for the yard last week. The former was very impressive winning a bumper at Hereford on his debut for me.
Ballinslea Bridge gained a well deserved success at Market Rasen having been placed 2nd on all his starts for me prior to his win.