*GG tipster Andrew Mount reveals his list of eyecatchers from the past week’s racing
EARLS (Limerick, Friday, September 11)
Challenging late and wide was the key to success at Limerick last Friday where the winners (adjusted for non-runners) were drawn as follows…
8 of 14
14 of 14
13 of 14
8 of 12
10 of 14
11 of 14
7 of 16
11 of 13
EARLS, who was free in the lead in the 7f handicap, never left the inside rail and did really well to hold on for fourth place.
ELEGANT LIGHT (Chester, Friday, September 11)
ELEGANT LIGHT (stall 11 of 12) lost plenty of ground at the start by cutting in towards the rail from her wide draw in the 7f handicap and was still last on turning in. Switched wide towards the centre of the track to challenge, the 50-1 short kept on strongly but had to settle for a three-length fifth. The patiently-ridden runner-up – Gabrial The Devil who managed to get to the rail from stall 10 – gave the form a boost when going one better back at Chester 24 hours later and Elegant Light is open to plenty of improvement after just two runs for Ralph Beckett.
FRANKEL’S STORM (Doncaster, Friday, September 11)
Making the running on the round course at Doncaster rarely leads to success and it was no surprise to see Mark Johnston’s 10-1 shot FRANKEL’S STORM trail home last of five in the 1m4f fillies’ handicap. Her two other domestic runs over 1m or further resulted in victories at Carlisle and Pontefract and she can bounce back at a more suitable venue.
GREY SERGE (Limerick, Friday, September 11)
GREY SERGE was another Limerick ‘swamp dweller’, with Shane Foley throwing away his advantageous wide draw by switching to the inside at the four-furlong mark. The 9-1 could never pick up, eventually finishing tenth of the 16 runners, and can be given another chance.
LONE EAGLE (Doncaster, Saturday, September 12)
It was a big advantage to come from off the pace over all distances yet LONE EAGLE won from the front in the 1m nursery. Martyn Meade’s colt is unlucky not to be unbeaten in three starts – his narrow 10-1 second at Sandown on his debut was down to greenness – and he looks Group class on this evidence.
MULTELLIE (Haydock, Thursday, September 10)
MULTELLIE tends to come good in the second half of the campaign and had we only backed him in turf handicaps from August to October we’d have won six of our 24 bets and made a profit of £22.10 to a £1 level stake at SP. He defied a market drift to score at 9-1 here and can follow up.
OLD NEWS (Chelmsford, Thursday, September 10)
OLD NEWS had a useful stall 3 draw in the 7f Class 5 handicap but patient tactics were no help and he ended up wide of the rail from an early stage. He kept on into third, about three-quarters of a length behind the patiently-ridden runner-up Colonel Whitehead who came out to win on turf at Lingfield 48 hours later.
SPIRIT OF MAY (Chester, Saturday, September 12)
SPIRIT OF MAY couldn’t get the lead from stall 10 and had to settle for a one-length 16-1 sixth. This was a huge effort and he now has form figures on left-handed tracks since gelded of 11116 (4-5). He’ll be something to bet on granted a better draw next time.
SUNSET NOVA (Limerick, Friday, September 11)
SUNSET NOVA (stall 7 of 14) led against the ‘dead’ rail in division two of the 6.5f handicap but was swamped by the closers at the furlong pole, doing well to hold on for fifth. He’s hardly prolific but could reward each-way support next time.
THEGREATESTSHOWMAN (Chelmsford, Thursday, September 10)
Amy Murphy’s four-year-old had already been turned over in first-time cheekpieces and a first-time visor and was punting again now tried in first-time blinkers. He beat only one home, taking his record in Class 3 or better company to 0-14. He’s worth another chance in a lower grade and was due to run in Class 4 level without headgear at Bath on Monday.