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Andrew Mount’s Eyecatchers July 5th, 2022

Andrew Mount's Eyecatchers

GG tipster Andrew Mount reveals his list of eyecatchers from the past week’s racing. Find out which ten he believes should be kept in your trackers, alongside bet365‘s new customer offer of Bet £10 Get £50 In Free Bets.


CHARGING THUNDER (won, 1m5f handicap, Ayr, Monday, July 4th)

CHARGING THUNDER is 0-4 at York but away from the Knavesmire, his record reads 34131212211 (5-11), improving to 11 (2-2) in cheekpieces. The second of those wins came when comfortably landing this 1m5f handicap after travelling strongly from off the pace. He might be one to oppose if he bids for a quick follow-up at York this Friday.

CLOCHETTE (second, 6f fillies’ novice stakes, Newbury, Thursday, June 30th)

Those who raced prominently from low draws enjoyed the best of things in the 6f fillies’ novice at Newbury last Thursday, with Lady Alara (‘prominent’ from stall 2) leading home runners drawn 12, 3 and 4. Runner-up CLOCHETTE did really well to finish just half a length behind the winner under a patient ride from her high draw and can go one better next time.

DREAMCASING (second, 6f handicap, Thirsk, Wednesday, June 29th)

DREAMCASING took a step forward on his turf debut, finishing a one-length second of 20 from a poor low draw in stall 2 (first four drawn 16, 2, 18 and 19). He finished eight lengths clear of the next finisher from a single-figure draw (tenth-placed Ustath) and is likely to prove hard to beat in the 7f handicap at Catterick on Wednesday (4.50) where he’s perfectly drawn in stall 1 of 10.

LOVE IS GOLDEN (11th, 1m4f handicap Haydock, Saturday, July 2)

The Johnston yard has a good record in the Old Newton Cup but I struggled to make a case for 40-1 runner-up Enfranchise and 11th placed LOVE IS GOLDEN (also 40-1), as both prefer smaller fields. The last-named has never won in a field of more than seven runners and met trouble in this 17-runner handicap. He has entries at Chester, York and Newmarket in the next few days.

MOTASHAWEQ (won, 5f handicap, Hamilton, Tuesday, June 28)

Ex-Shadwell-owned horses often prove to be bargain buys and have a good record on their first run for new connections. MOTASHAWEQ drifted from 9-2 out to 15-2 for the 5f Class novice at Hamilton last Tuesday but won snugly on his debut for Iain Jardine. He’s been given a mark of 69 which could be on the generous side.

NANGA PARBAT (second, 6f novice stakes, Newbury, Thursday, June 30th)

Richard Hannon’s third string NANGA PARBAT ran a blinder to finish a 22-1 second of 13 behind stablemate Seductive Power (100-30jf) in this 6f novice contest. Poorly drawn in stall 12, he split runners drawn 2 and 3, and also came from off the pace in a race in which it paid to be on the front end.

SHE DO (fourth, 7f Listed race, Chelmsford, Sunday, July 5)

Progeny of the sire Siyouni tend to come good in their four-year-old campaign and they also have a great record on Polytrack. Four-year-old SHE DO, who was making her belated seasonal reappearance, found the steady early pace against her in the 7f Listed race but kept on well into a three-length fourth. Both her wins have come on good/faster turf but I’ll be especially keen to back her on Polytrack again.

STATU OF LIBERTY (ninth, 6f fillies’ novice stakes, Newbury, Thursday, June 30th)

STATU OF LIBERTY attracted early support from 40-1 into 16-1 but stall 14 and a patient ride made life very difficult in the same fillies’ novice contest in which Clochette (see above) ran second. She came home around eight lengths behind the winner in ninth of 14 and will be interesting next time.

THANKUAPPRECIATE (fifth, 6f novice stakes, Thirsk, Wednesday, June 29)

THANKUPAPPRECIATE, an 80-1 newcomer trained by Nigel Tinkler, ran a lovely race to finish fifth of the 15 runners, just under four lengths behind the winner. He travelled in rear before switching far side of centre for a run, not the place to be. He was considerately handled by Tony Hamilton and will be very backable next time, especially if the market speaks in his favour.

THE BIG BOARD (sixth, 6f fillies’ novice stakes, Newbury, Thursday, June 30th)

Richard Hannon’s second string THE BIG BOARD caught the eye against the draw/pace bias when an 11-1 sixth of 13 from a double-digit draw in the Clochette/Statu Of Liberty race. She displayed obvious signs of inexperience, racing keenly and hanging under pressure, and can be supported on her next outing.

ZARGA (third, 7f fillies’ novice stakes, Kempton, Wednesday, June 29th)

ZARGA was well supported for a Sir Michael Stoute-trained newcomer, going off as the 11-4 joint-second favourite behind 5-2 market leader Way To Amarillo. She raced keen and green in rear but took off when the penny finally dropped to stay on into a half-length third. She’ll be winning soon on this evidence.

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