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Andrew Mount’s Eyecatchers – Tuesday, 4th April

Andrew Mount's Eyecatchers

GG tipster Andrew Mount reveals his list of eyecatchers from the past week’s action!

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CLANSMAN (won, 1m4f handicap, Doncaster, Sunday 2nd April)

CLANSMAN raced closer to the strong early pace than ideal but still won the Flat Is Back At Doncaster Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap last Sunday. The runner-up, third and fourth all came from midfield or further back and Liam Bailey’s five-year-old is one to follow closely when the mud’s flying.

COVERT MISSION (won, 1m handicap, Monday, Lingfield, Monday 3rd April)

Those who challenged late/wide had the best of things at Lingfield on Monday and COVERT MISSION did well to win from the front in the Spreadex Sports Best Premier League Odds Handicap. Admittedly, he was steered away from the ‘dead’ inside rail in the straight by Benoit De La Sayette but it was still a huge effort. The five-year-old has drawn a blank in his 11 turf starts but is five from 15 on the all-weather, including form figures on Polytrack of 845121151481 (5-12).

FIRE AWAY (pulled up, 2m6.5f handicap, Stratford, Saturday 1st April)

FIRE AWAY usually runs well in the spring but he failed to handle the heavy going in the Alan Peak Happy Birthday Today Handicap Chase and was pulled up. His record from March to May now reads 10P122101P1P (5-12) for a profit of £16.10. He’s worth another chance on quicker going.

GLORY FIGHTER (third, 5f handicap, Doncaster, Sunday 2nd April)

GLORY FIGHTER has a great record over 5f in single-figure line-ups, recording form figures of 147411117222 (5-12) for a profit of £19.17 to a £1 level stake at SP. Last Sunday’s ten-runner Groundstaff Appreciation Handicap (division two) was a borderline case but Paul Midgley’s veteran ran respectably to finish an 11-1 third. He’s now lost all 19 starts at the minimum trip in double-digit fields and should fine a race or two this year when faced with just a handful of rivals.

GOLD MEDAL (won, 6f handicap, Wednesday, Lingfield 29th March)

GOLD MEDAL, ex-Richard Hughes, made a winning debut for Dylan Cunha in the 6f BetUK’s Acca Club £5 Free Bet Handicap at Lingfield last Wednesday. His record on his seasonal debuts now reads 111 (3-3) and he’s yet to win from ten starts under other conditions. Be wary of backing him at a short price if he’s turned out again quickly.

MAN ON A MISSION (second, 5f handicap, Lingfield, Friday 31st March)

A glance at the pace map for last Friday’s 5f Huge Daily Boosts Only At BetUK Handicap suggested a burn-up was on the cards but Bezzas Lad was allowed an easy time of things on the front end and duly made all. The third, fourth and fifth were also prominent throughout and the one to take from the race was the patiently-ridden runner-up MAN ON A MISSION. The consistent sort gets on well with Luke Morris and can find a race in the near future.

MIXEDWAVE (third, 2m7.5f novices’ handicap chase, Huntingdon, Tuesday 28th March)

MIXEDWAVE won twice on right-handed tracks in February but jumped markedly out to his left on each occasion and didn’t get away with it in the Racing TV Novices’ Handicap Chase at Huntingdon last week. He jumped left throughout on the right-handed track and did well to finish third. Back him when he’s next switched to a left-handed venue.

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MR FAYEZ (fourth, 6f handicap, Lingfield, Friday 31st March)

It might seem slightly daft to recommended following a 21-race maiden who was only fourth in a Class 6 handicap at Lingfield last Friday but MR FAYEZ did well to finish just two lengths behind the winner in the BetUK Over 40,000 Live Streamed Races Handicap. Unusually for Lingfield, the pace held up and those who were ridden could never strike a blow. My Fayez, sent off at 40-1, fared second best of those to come from the rear and can be supported each-way next time.

SEAHRENA (sixth, 8.6f novice stakes, Wolverhampton, Thursday 30th March)

SEAHRENA had shown promise in her first two starts, finishing fifth of nine at Newcastle and less than six lengths behind the winner when making the running at an unsustainably fast pace at Chelmsford last month. She took a backwards step when a 125-1 last of six at Wolverhampton in the It’s Time To Turn To talkSPORT Restricted Novice Stakes but she looks one for handicaps next time and this run is safely ignored.

SMOKEY MALONE (second, 1m6f handicap, Chelmsford, Saturday 1st April)

The inside rail was probably not the place to be at Chelmsford last Saturday night and the Julia Feilden-trained SMOKEY MALONE deserves extra credit for his one-length runner-up effort to What Will Be in the 1m6f Ladies Day Handicap as he made ground hard up against the fence in the closing stages. He ran well when switched from Polytrack to good/faster turf last spring and a return to such a surface will suit.


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