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Andrew Mount’s Eyecatchers – Tuesday, 17th January

Andrew Mount's Eyecatchers

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

Find out which runners he wants to keep onside below, alongside bet365‘s new customer offer of £50 in Free Bets when you deposit and bet £10.

CAPPARIS, won, 1m2f handicap, Chelmsford, Saturday, January 14th

CAPPARIS landed the 1m2f Class 6 Richard Shepherd Get Well Soon Handicap in a fast time and now has figures on turning tracks of 056311 (2-6), improving to 311 (2-3) since fitted with a tongue-tie and cheekpieces. Richard Fahey’s filly has only been raised 3lb to a mark of 56 and can follow up.

JUKEBOX DEDDY, fifth, 2m maiden hurdle, Wetherby, Saturday, January 14th

JUKEBOX DEDDY was sent off at 40-1 for the wetherbyracing.co.uk Maiden Hurdle last Saturday but Tom Gretton’s four-year-old outran his odds to finish an eyecatching fifth. Held up towards the rear of midfield, he travelled kindly on the inside rail – rarely the place to be on soft ground at Wetherby – and wasn’t put under much pressure by Lee Edwards when briefly looking threatening in the straight. He finished 19 lengths behind the winner but now qualifies for a mark and will be backable in handicap company next time.

LUMINOUS LIGHT, fourth, 2m maiden hurdle, Punchestown, Monday, January 16th

LUMINOUS LIGHT, a winner on his debut for Mark Johnston in August 2021, failed to add to that success on the Flat but Monday’s fourth to Metamorpheus in the 15% Off Festival Tickets Maiden Hurdle suggests there are races to be won with him over jumps. Keen under restraint in rear, he travelled strongly but some curious decision making by jockey Denis O’Regan and a couple of late jumping errors saw him only get going when the race was all but over, finishing a nine-length fourth at odds of 17-2. He’ll be very interesting when switched to handicap hurdles.

MAWKEB, third, 1m handicap, Chelmsford, Saturday, January 14th

The pace held up in the 1m Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap, in which the well-backed BRAINS made all under Ross Coakley. The runner-up and fourth were also prominent throughout and the one to take from the race was 2-1 favourite MAWKEB, who fared best of the hold-up horses in third.

MUKHA MAGIC, fifth, 2m handicap, Wolverhampton, Monday, January 16th

MUKHA MAGIC was backed late from 10-1 into 6-1 for the Huge Daily Boosts Only At BetUK Handicap at Wolverhampton on Monday night but trailed home over eight lengths behind the winner in last place. Tapeta is clearly not the ideal surface for Gay Kelleway’s veteran, whose six all-weather wins have come on Fibresand or Polytrack. The last time he switched from Tapeta to Polytrack he won at Lingfield (6-1) and a return to that surface will obviously suit.

OAK CREEK, fourth, 2m5f maiden hurdle, Doncaster, Monday, January 10th

Tom George’s 25-1 Rules debutant OAK CREEK was an obvious eyecatcher in the 25-1 Betting Better With Sky Bet Maiden Hurdle, staying on into a three-length fourth under 7lb amateur rider Ben Sutton. Keen in the early stages, he was too far out of his ground when the pace quickened on turning in before putting in good late work at the finish. He left the impression that he would have won with a more positive ride, or professional handling, and he can be supported next time.

RAMO, third, 2m3.5f handicap hurdle, Hereford, Monday, January 16th

RAMO, was a well-supported 5-2 second favourite for the Cazoo Novices’ Handicap Hurdle, but disappointed once again, finishing almost ten lengths back in third. However, the step up from 2m clearly suited – he was staying on again at the business end – and this was an improvement on his two previous runs for Venetia Williams. The return to a left-handed track could suit and he might need an even stiffer test of stamina.

RATTLING, fifth, 6f fillies’ handicap, Kempton, Wednesday, January 11th

RATLLING, winner of a similar course and distance contest on her penultimate start, could only finish an 10-1 fifth of nine but always struggles to run two good race back-to-back. Her record following a win now reads 3735 (0-4) and she might be value to bounce back next time, having recorded form figures on the all-weather of 133771151 (4-9) immediately following a defeat.

SILKY WILKIE, second, 6f handicap, Lingfield, Saturday, January 14th

SILKY WILKIE helped ensure a strong pace in the Class 2 Huge Daily Boosts Only At BetUK Handicap, doing well to finish second in a race set up for the closers. The winner, third and fourth were in the last quartet on turning in and this was a great effort. Kary Burke’s four-year-old is now 0-5 on the all-weather but only went down by a short head over course and distance on his penultimate start when ridden more patiently.

STRANGER THING, fourth, 1m2f handicap, Chelmsford, Saturday, January 14th

STRANGER THINGS pulled well clear of the remainder when fourth to Capparis (see above) in the 1m2f Class 6 handicap and, though a 13-race maiden, Matt Crawley’s mare will be of each-way interest in a similar race next time.