Timeform Shortlist: Fakenham, Monday January 22

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1.25 Taverham Handicap Hurdle (5) 2m3y

Timeform Top Rated:
110 2. HURRICANE RITA Olly Murphy Richard Johnson
109 5. NORTHANDSOUTH Samuel Drinkwater Robert Dunne
107 6. DIZZEY HEIGHTS Neil King Trevor Whelan

Analyst's Verdict:
Hurricane Rita ran poorly last time but had made a positive start for this yard prior to that and is worth another chance with cheekpieces on now and Richard Johnson in the saddle. Gin And Tonic notched a third C&D win last month and is likely to be on the premises again, while Yourholidayisover also has a good recent effort to his name at this venue (fences).


1.55 Racing To School Inspiring Young Minds Novices' Hurdle (3) 2m7f95y

Timeform Top Rated:
143p 1. RIO QUINTO Olly Murphy Richard Johnson
142 5. OSCAR STAR Jamie Snowden Gavin Sheehan
136 2. EARLSHILL Dan Skelton Harry Skelton

Analyst's Verdict:
Rio Quinto made an impressive start to his hurdle career here last month and can follow up for the Olly Murphy/Richard Johnson combination, most likely at the main expense of fellow last-time-out winner Oscar Star. Earlshill looks clear next best.


2.25 Wendling Handicap Chase (3) 3m38y

Timeform Top Rated:
139 1. HOLLY BUSH HENRY Phil Middleton James Bowen (5)
136 2. POPELYS GULL Pam Sly Kielan Woods
134§ 6. MORNEY WING Charlie Mann Paddy Brennan

Analyst's Verdict:
A case can be made for each of these but it's Holly Bush Henry who tables the most persuasive credentials. He produced a career-best when scoring over hurdles at Sandown last month and this is less demanding than the handicap chase he subsequently contested at Kempton. More Than Luck is up in the weights and grade but has to be feared all the same, while Popelys Gull also boasts strong claims.


2.55 Racing Partnership Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier) (3) 2m3y

Timeform Top Rated:
128 1. CAPTIVA ISLAND Olly Murphy Richard Johnson
118 6. POTTERS MIDNIGHT Lucy Wadham Leighton Aspell
88+ 3. FLYNNVINCIBLE Olly Murphy Charlie Poste

Analyst's Verdict:
Cambridgeshire winner Dolphin Vista is an intriguing recruit to hurdles and looks to have been found a good opening to make a winning start in this sphere. Captiva Island is the chief threat with first-time cheekpieces applied.


3.25 ROA/Racing Post Owners' Jackpot Handicap Chase (5) 2m5f44y

Timeform Top Rated:
112 1. ACHILL ROAD BOY Stuart Coltherd Sam Coltherd (5)
110 2. WOOD PIGEON Olly Murphy Richard Johnson
107 3. MONDO CANE Charles Pogson Adam Pogson

Analyst's Verdict:
Achill Road Boy again shaped much better than the distance beaten suggests at Ayr last time, and with this drop back in trip set to suit, he receives the vote. Wood Pigeon is still lightly raced for his new yard and isn't one to be giving up on just yet, while similar observations can be made of Tower of Allen.


3.55 Longham Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (5) 2½m1y

Timeform Top Rated:
111 4. FLOW WITH EVE Olly Murphy Ciaran Gethings
106§ 1. ASTRUM Phil Middleton Daniel Sansom (3)
103+ 3. LITTLE WINDMILL Neil King Harry Teal (6)

Analyst's Verdict:
Admittedly, Flow With Eve has a point to prove on the back of her inauspicious display at Ludlow in April. However, she improved when runner-up in a big-field event at Taunton 3 starts back and will have every chance if reproducing form akin to that on debut for Olly Murphy. Stablemate Bisoubisou isn't without hope, but bigger threats may be posed by Astrum and recent chase winner Little Windmill.


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