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Articles by Andrew Mount

Track Bias Diary - Friday 10 May

Andrew Mount 6:18pm, Thu 9 May 2019

image-left-align track-bia14s-diary-v2At the backend of last season, AUSTRIAN SCHOOL (stall five of 17) ran some cracking races on tracks that weren’t ideal for his prominent style – finishing second by a head in the Mallard Handicap at Doncaster when the winner, third, fourth, fifth and sixth all came from off the pace and running third in a 1m6f Listed race at Ascot. Stall 14 of 14 made life difficult when he reappeared in the Queen’s Cup at Musselburgh but he still won by six lengths. The handicapper has raised him 8lb to a mark of 110 but he runs off just the 5lb penalty in the Sportpesa Chester Cup Handicap (3.35). His turf record reads 13114422322231 (4-14), suggesting that he’ll be hard to keep out of the frame.

Track Bias Diary - Wednesday 8 May

Andrew Mount 7:45am, Wed 8 May 2019

image-left-align track-bia14s-diary-v2It was very difficult to win from off the pace on the round course at Newbury last month and KALOOR did well to finish a 9-1 third in a soft-ground 1m2f conditions contest on April 12 (the winner and runner-up were in the first two for the majority of the race). Brian Meehan’s son of Nathaniel was a 16-1 good-ground Salisbury winner on his sole juvenile outing and won’t be inconvenienced by the forecast persistent rain in the Group 3 MBNA Chester Vase Stakes (3.35).

Track Bias Diary - Monday 6 May

Andrew Mount 8:26am, Mon 6 May 2019

image-left-align track-bia14s-diary-v2CROWNTHORPE, best in the spring or autumn with cut in the ground, ran a fine race at Naas on his reappearance, doing best of those drawn high when fifth in the Irish Lincolnshire. Things didn’t go to plan at Ripon next time – he missed the break slightly, the ground was too quick for him and he could only finish fourth of 14 behind impressive scorer New Graduate. Beverley’s Racing TV Handicap (4.50) looks easier, he’s well drawn in stall one and the forecast rain on ground already described as ‘goood, good to soft in places’ is a bonus.

Track Bias Diary - Saturday 4 May

Andrew Mount 8:03am, Sat 4 May 2019

image-left-align track-bia14s-diary-v2The stalls are in the centre on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket and it will be interesting to see how the field splits in the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes (3.35). Two or even three groups is a possibility, though with so much early pace drawn high they might all stay stands’ side to centre. The GoingStick suggests that the quickest ground (albeit marginally) is down the middle of the track so I’m not unduly worried about stall 10 of 19 for Richard Hannon’s URBAN ICON.

Track Bias Diary - Friday 3 May

Andrew Mount 9:39am, Fri 3 May 2019

image-left-align track-bia14s-diary-v2On the round course at Musselburgh yesterday, It was important to challenge against the far side rail, favouring those draw low. STAR SHIELD (stall three of eight) is well berthed in the 7f Calum Logan – Happy 30th Birthday Race Handicap (4.35) and his trainer has won this twice in recent years. He was only seventh at Leicester on last month’s stable debut/reappearance but the time was fast and he should get a good tow into the race courtesy of the front-running pair drawn in stalls one and two.

Track Bias Diary - Tuesday 30 April

Andrew Mount 7:05am, Tue 30 Apr 2019

image-left-align track-bia14s-diary-v2VILETTE seems to conform to the ‘OXO’ pattern (good run, bad run, good run etc), struggling to string two good effort together. She also has a fine record when fresh, recording figures of 1151 (3-4) when rested for at least eight weeks. She’s been given a break since disappointing at Kempton in February and looks worth an interest in the British Stallions EBF Fillies’ Handicap at Nottingham on Tuesday (3.35). Don’t be put off by the big price as those three ‘fresh’ wins came at odds of 20-1, 50-1 (dead-heat) and 25-1.

Track Bias Diary - Saturday 27 April

Andrew Mount 9:06am, Sat 27 Apr 2019

image-left-align track-bia14s-diary-v2SMOKEY LANE (stall five of 16) has twice caught the eye under a 7lb claimer since re-joining David Evans and can be backed in the opening 6f Desford Handicap at Leicester (1.40). The five-year-old was clearly unsuited by the drop to 5f at Windsor last time but kept on nicely into mid-division to go down by about three lengths. He looked full of running on crossing the line and is a massive 19lb lower than when scoring over course and distance for this yard in May 2017.

Track Bias Diary - Friday 26 April

Andrew Mount 7:07pm, Thu 25 Apr 2019

image-left-align track-bia14s-diary-v2Seasonal debutants having their first run in a handicap have done very well in the bet365 Esher Cup (1.50) at Sandown, winning nine of the last ten renewals form just 35 runners (25.7% strike-rate) for a profit of £25.08 to a £1 level stake at SP. The last ten winners of this Class 2 mile handicap had won on one of their last two starts and the only horse to qualify on both counts is the Clive Cox-trained HOUSE OF KINGS (stall three of 11). He has yet to run a bad race, placing at 25-1 on his debut at Newbury despite running green, going down by a neck at Ffos Las less than three weeks later and signing off with a 7f Leicester success from Global Hero and Attainment. The runner-up landed a Wolverhampton novice contest on his only subsequent start and the third scored at Lingfield before going down by a nose on his handicap debut at the same venue. Blinkers are fitted for the first time and his yard’s runners are profitable to back blind in this headgear.

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