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Andrew Mount’s Eyecatchers – Tuesday, 9th May

Andrew Mount's Eyecatchers

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

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BICEP, won 7f handicap, Musselburgh, Monday, May 15th

BICEP lost 13 times in a row after making a successful debut for Archie Watson in a 6f Lingfield (AW) novice contest back in May 2021 but has improved since stepped up to 7f for current trainer Grant Tuer. He won twice over 7f at Musselburgh last August before his fourth place at Carlisle the following month and maintained his 100% Musselburgh record with a reappearance victory in the 100% Racing TV Profits Back To Racing Handicap on Monday. Sam James switched him to the inside rail from his poor wide draw and he made all to score by a neck from Merricourt, with Touchwood a neck further back in fourth. The runner-up and third both came from well off the pace and while Musselburgh’s round course usually favours front-runners, it was an upgradeable effort as he was pressed hard for the early lead by Gometra Ginty.

FAIRMAC, sixth, 1m5f handicap, Hamilton, Sunday, May 14th

FAIRMAC did best of the prominent racers when sixth in the 1m5f Sky Bet Sunday Series Stayers’ Handicap and his three-and-a-half-length defeat was worthy of a serious upgrade. Charlie Johnston’s five-year-old, a winner at Musselburgh on his penultimate start, can bounce back in the near future.

INSTALLATION, third, 6f handicap, Hamilton, Sunday, May 14th

As usual, low draws enjoyed a big edge in the 6f races with Quintus Arius (stall 3 of 12) beating Mountain Warrior (stall 1) in the Race To A Cure For MND 3YO Sprint Handicap. INSTALLATION (stall 12) fared best of the nearside group in third place and can be supported next time.

MILITARY ORDER, won, 1m4f Listed Race, Lingfield, Saturday, May 13th

It paid to challenge late/wide on the Polytrack at Lingfield last Saturday and though starting as the even-money favourite, MILITARY ORDER deserves extra credit for his success in the Fitzdares Lingfield Derby Trial Stakes, as he took up the running plenty soon enough under William Buick and was switched to race on the ‘dead’ inside rail. He was always holding runner-up Waipiro (pair clear) and looks the one to beat in the Derby next month.

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PERFECT SOLDIER, won, 1m1f handicap, Musselburgh, Monday, May 15th

PERFECT SOLDIER made all in division one of the Bet At racingtv.com Handicap to take his record at Musselburgh to 111 (3-3), with the other wins coming over 7f and 1m in the spring of 2021. The nine-year-old is entered at Hamilton on Friday but he’s 0-5 on that stiff track, failing to place on the last four occasions, and could be one to oppose if he makes a quick return to action.

REBEL TERRITORY, won, 7f Heritage Handicap, Ascot, Saturday, May 13th

It was hard not to be impressed by REBEL TERRITORY, who romped home by four lengths when 11-1 for the Peroni Nastro Azzurro Victoria Cup. Amanda Perrett’s five-year-old has been raised 8lb for this run, which seems more than fair, and his turf record now reads 23161164511 (5-11), improving to 11 (2-2) over 7f only. Soft/heavy going suits and he’s worth a go at a higher level.

RHYTHMIC INTENT, fourth, 1m4f handicap, Ascot, Saturday, May 13th

I’ve been opposing all of Stuart Williams’ runners on turf this season, as he’s had a torrid time with them in the past few years. Since racing resumed after lockdown in June 2020, he has saddled just 34 winners from 584 turf runners (5.85% strike-rate) for a huge loss of £296.77 to a £1 level stake at SP (-50.82% on turnover). Laying all these at Betfair SP would have returned a profit of 39.87% on turnover (after 2% commission). I decided to take on 16-1 shot RHYTHMIC INTENT in the place market and had a ‘squeaky bum’ moment when the seven-year-old finished fourth of eight, missing out on third place by just half a length. He was clear best of those to race close to the early pace and I might be reversing my ‘lay Stuart Williams’ turf runners’ rule in the near future. High summer is probably the time to side with him, as his record in July/August reads 031141275 (3-9). 

ROCK MELODY, sixth, 5f handicap, Hamilton, Sunday, May 14th

ROCK MELODY (stall 8 of 11) finished fast down the stands’ side into a 12-1 sixth of 11 in the 5f Sky Bet Sunday Series Sprint Handicap when all the action was down the centre (first four drawn 4, 2, 5 and 3). His wins have come over 6f and 7f and the return to a longer trip could suit.

TWO SUMMERS, third, 7f apprentice handicap, Catterick, Monday, May 15th

TWO SUMMERS was only third when 9-4 favourite for the racingtv.comApprentice Handicap at Catterick on Monday but she was taken on for the early lead and probably did too much too soon in a race set up for the closers. She’s finished in the frame in her last six starts and will be the first one going in my Placepot perm if she takes up her engagement in the 6f handicap at Thirsk on Saturday (4.52).

WHITE MOONLIGHT, fifth, 7f Group 3, Lingfield, Saturday, May 13th

WHITE MOONLIGHT was only fifth in the Fitzdares Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes and is now 0-7 since returning from a huge layoff of 971 days. However, there was plenty of promise in this five-length defeat, as Richard Kingscote took the inside route where the surface was slowest. She left the impression that she would have placed had she challenged wide and is worth another chance.

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