GG tipster Andrew Mount reveals his list of eyecatchers from the past week’s racing. Check them out and GET A £20 RISK-FREE BET WITH ANY LOSSES RETURNED IN CASH
CMON CMON (Newcastle, Wednesday, October 7)
CMON CMON has improved since fitted with cheekpieces, finishing a 50-1 fifth of 15 over 7f at Doncaster before two wins over the same trip at Newcastle, the latest by a nose in this Class 6 handicap. Nigel Tinkler’s three-year-old did well to score from stall 1 and can complete his hat-trick. He’s entered over course and distance on Friday night (October 16).
HAN SOLO BERGER (York, Friday, October 9)
HAN SOLO BERGER was only 15th of 20 I the 5f handicap won by Muscika but usually underperforms in big fields…
12 or more runners: 9296987006800 (0-13)
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MAKE GOOD (Limerick, Saturday, October 10)
MAKE GOOD was well drawn in stall 10 of 14 in division two of the 1m3f handicap but the five-year-old, supported from 10-1 into 13-2, was switched to the inside to challenge where the ground was deepest and had to settle for a modest fourth. He’s now 0-10 for his current yard but is worth one more chance.
SEQUOIASPIRIT (Limerick, Saturday, October 10)
SEQUOIASPIRIT took the inside route when seventh of 16 in the 7f apprentice handicap and this 12-length defeat was way better than it looked. The 33-1 shot was making his handicap debut here and is open to plenty of improvement.
SHANDOZ (Newmarket, Friday, October 9)
SHANDOZ was only tenth in his bid for a four-timer but the very soft ground was against this son of Golden Horn. He’d gotten away with it on good to soft at Ascot the time before and can bounce back on a quicker surface.
SOLO SAXOPHONE (York, Saturday, October 10)
Frankel progeny struggled in the mud last week, with only 1-4 shot Hydros winning from 25 runners. SOLO SAXOPHONE won on heavy ground over hurdles but his trainer suggested “it may be better ground is the key to him” after his Haydock win in June, suggesting this narrow second to The Jam Man in the 2m handicap was a great effort in the circumstances.
SOUNDS OF SPRING (Limerick, Saturday, October 10)
SOUNDS OF SPRING never left the ‘swamp’ on the inside rail when third in the opening 6.5f maiden. He did well to finish a 10-1 third and this was a much-improved effort in the first-time tongue-tie.
THUNDER GAP (Pontefract, Monday, October 5)
Funniest race of the week award went to this 1m maiden in which plenty of the bigger-priced runners didn’t want to damage their future handicap marks by getting too close to Sir Michael Stoute’s 1-4 favourite Hydros, who was allowed to coast home in his own time. I could fill a whole column with the eyecatchers but THUNDER GAP, the 40-1 fourth, is the obvious one.
VALYRIAN STEEL (York, Saturday, October 10)
VALYRIAN STEEL was another Frankel who didn’t cope with the very soft conditions, finishing only fourth despite starting as the 11-4 favourite for the 1m2f handicap. He was unbeaten prior to this, with his wins coming on good ground and Tapeta.
ZIP (York, Friday, October 9)
The 7f Class 4 handicap was run to suit the closers, with the winner, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh all coming from off the pace. ZIP ran a blinder to finish second of 18 after racing up with the pace and will be of interest if turning out again at Haydock on Friday.
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