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Andrew Mount’s Eyecatchers June 21, 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.


BELLICK (third, 7f handicap, Down Royal, Friday, June 17)

It looked markedly slower round the inside at Down Royal last Friday night, giving those drawn high the edge. Alice Milligan challenged towards the nearside from stall 13 of 14 (once adjusted for non-runners) when getting up narrowly in the concluding 7f handicap but it was the performance of third home BELLICK that was more noteworthy. The veteran was always in the ‘swamp’ from stall 3 but only went down by half a length at 18-1.


BRAVE DISPLAY (seventh, 5f apprentice, Down Royal, Friday, June 17)

BRAVE DISPLAY was one of the three ‘swamp dwellers’ in this 5f apprentice handicap, along with Daintree and Mass Gathering (see below). He fared worse of the trio, but it was still an effort worthy of an uplift, and the market could overreact next time.


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DAINTREE (fifth, 5f apprentice, Down Royal, Friday, June 17)

DAINTREE took the inside route when fifth in the 5f apprentice handicap, doing best of the three runners who raced in the ‘swamp’. She was also the biggest price of them and, though yet to win away from Dundalk, she should be winning soon on turf judging by this effort.


EL CABALLO (18th, 6f Group 1, Ascot, Friday, June 17)

Commonwealth Cup Antepost gamble EL CABALLO drifted on the morning of the race – I assumed because earlier evidence suggested his stall 20 of 20 draw no good – yet he was punted back into 7-2 joint-favouritism by the time of the race. He beat only two home, with connections blaming the fast ground. This was his first defeat since his racecourse debut, and he can be given another chance.


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GOLDEN SPICE (tenth, 1m fillies’ handicap, Ascot, Friday, June 17)

The Sandringham Stakes was dominated by high-drawn closers, with GOLDEN SPICE catching the eye among the low draws after making the running. She could only finish a 25-1 tenth of 28 but fared best of those to race up with the pace and can be supported next time.


LONGBOURN (14th, 1m4f handicap, Ascot, Friday, June 17)

They took no prisoners up front in the 1m4f Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot last Friday and the race was teed up nicely for the closers. Perpetual runner-up Ajero ran a blinder on the front end and the performance of fifth-placed Kelly’s Dino can also be upgraded but the run of 14th home LONGBOURN might go under the radar. He led Ajero in the early stages but was headed just after three out and hit the wall with a furlong a half to go. Ross O Sullivan’s 66-1 shot has done his winning over 1m1f-1m2f and will be very interesting when dropped in trip.


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MASS GATHERING (sixth, 5f apprentice, Down Royal, Friday, June 17)

MASS GATHERING’s four-length sixth of eight doesn’t look great on paper but, like Daintree (see above), she raced on the inside of the track where the ground was clearly slower. Both her wins have come over 6f and a step back up in trip will suit.


MORGAN FAIRY (11th, 1m fillies’ handicap, Ascot, Friday, June 17)

MORGAN FAIRY did second best of the prominent racers when 11th in the Sandringham and this was a solid effort from the William Haggas-trained 40-1 shot. She’s made the frame in her four other career starts, winning once, and will find more races on this evidence.


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PRETTY PERSUASION (fifth, 7f median auction maiden, Down Royal, Friday, June 17)

PRETTY PERSUASUION had a better draw than the winner of the 7f median auction maiden at Down Royal last Friday but rather than stay wide like Goa Gajah, Nathan Crosse steered her towards the slower ground on the inside rail. In the circumstances, it was a good effort to finish fifth of 14 on his what was only her second career outing and she’ll find a race on this evidence, perhaps when handicapping. 


STAY WELL (ninth, 1m4f handicap, Ascot, Friday, June 17)

STAY WELL, like Longbourn (see above), ran better than his finishing positions suggested when mid-division in the Duke Of Edinburgh. He too sat closer than ideal to the strong early gallop and Hughie Morrison’s four-year-old wouldn’t have been suited by the big field. His three career wins have come in fields of six runners, and he’ll be something to bet on the next time he encounters his preferred conditions.


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