GG tipster Andrew Mount reveals his list of eyecatchers from the past week’s action, including one who continued their fine record during March – October when winning at Market Rasen.
ALBUS ANNE (won, 1m handicap, Bath, Monday, October 2nd)
It wasn’t easy to come from off the pace at Bath on Monday and the Jimmy Fox-trained ALBUS ANNE deserves extra credit for her victory in division two of the Download The Vickers.Bet App Handicap. The 5-2 favourite stayed on strongly from the rear of midfield to overhaul front-runner Roundabout Silver and score by a length and a quarter. This win took her record on soft ground to 23231 (1-5) and she should find another race before the season is over.
COOLNAUGH HAZE (fourth, 2m handicap hurdle, Market Rasen, Saturday, September 30th)
Prominent racers dominated in the 2m Ferry Ales Brewery Prelude Handicap Hurdle with the first three described by the Racing Post as ‘made all’, ‘prominent’ and ‘raced in second’. COOLNAUGH HAZE, the 100-30 favourite, fared best of those to come from off the pace in fourth and cam be supported next time.
DAMARTA (fifth, 2m1f novice hurdle, Newton Abbot, Monday, October 2nd)
DAMARTA had attracted the attention of the stewards when a tenderly-handled 33-1 fourth of 11 in a Uttoxeter maiden hurdle in May and ran another interesting race when fifth in the Paul Ferguson’s Jumpers To Follow Novices’ Hurdle at Newton Abbot on Monday. Very weak in the betting, Olly Murphy’s 11-1 shot lined up at the back of the field and was keen under restraint. The steady early pace didn’t aid his cause and though keeping on well, again under tender handling, he could only finish a 12-length fifth. He’s one to keep a close eye on, especially when handicapping.
FOUND ON (won, 2m5.5f handicap chase, Market Rasen, Saturday, September 30th)
FOUND ON’s first win under Rules came on officially heavy going but she’s subsequently shown a strong preference for a sound surface, scoring once on good to soft and six times on good. The latest of those wins came at 10-1 in the Rasen A Glass Handicap Chase at Market Rasen last Saturday where she came home four lengths in front of Fairfield Ferrata. Her record from March to October now reads 2F219111111 (7-11), compared to just one win from eight starts outside of that period.
GLORIOUS ZOFF (fifth, 2m handicap hurdle, Market Rasen, Saturday, September 30th)
Like Coolnaugh Haze (see above), GLORIOUS ZOFF was inconvenienced by the steady gallop in the Ferry Ales Brewery Prelude Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen last Saturday. Held up in last place, he made a move after two out under Jack Hogan but could never strike a blow at the leaders, finishing just over seven lengths behind the winner. He’s worth another chance.
LONE SOLDIER (fifth, 2m1f novice hurdle, Newton Abbot, Monday, October 2nd)
Dan Skelton’s LONE SOLDIER attracted market interest for the same race as Demarta (see above) but Harry Skelton was determined to jump off at the rear of the field on the five-year-old, who was having his first run back after a wind operation. He looked threatening when moving up into midfield after three out but weakened before the second last, coming home 23 lengths behind the winner in eighth. There was more promise in this hurdles debut than the margin of defeat suggests and he’s another to keep a close eye on.
MR BALOO (won, 7f nursery, Epsom, Sunday, October 1st)
Richard Hannon’s MR BALOO clocked a fast time when recording a 13-2 success in the 7f Betfred ‘Passionate About Sport’ Nursery Handicap at Epsom last Sunday. This victory took his record over the trip to 11 (2-2), with the other win at Salisbury on good to firm going. He can complete his hat-trick.
NEVER DARK (won, 5f handicap, Haydock, Saturday, September 30th)
NEVER DARK never saw a rival on his way to victory in the 5f cavani.co.uk The Dapper Dash For Cash Handicap, scoring by half a length from Spoof. Since gelded, Iain Jardine’s six-year-old has form figures over 5f in small fields (nine or fewer runners) of 2331317211711 (6-13). He’s in at Ascot on Saturday (4.45) but it’s doubtful that the race will cut up sufficiently from the 24 entries at the five-day stage.
STONIFIC (seventh, 2m handicap hurdle, Market Rasen, September 30th)
STONIFIC’s patient running style was no help in the Ferry Ales Brewery Prelude Handicap Hurdle and his nine-length seventh of 11 was a respectable effort in the circumstances. He’s clearly not the force of old but could pop up at a nice price granted a strong gallop. He runs in the 5.15 at Southwell today (Tuesday).
THE WAITING GAME (won, 6f handicap, Chelmsford, Saturday, September 30th)
THE WAITING GAME completed an all-weather four-timer in comfortable fashion when taking the 6f Chelmsford City Racecourse Membership Handicap in a fast time. The Jack Jones-trained four-year-old saw off fellow front-runner Hover On The Wind who faded into seventh and still had plenty in reserve to hold the closers who filled places two, three and four.
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