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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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CHINDIT, won, 1m Listed race, Ascot, Wednesday, May 3rd

CHINDIT has been a cracking horse for the Hannon yard, though he just falls short of Group 1 class. Last week’s victory in the 1m Howden Bloodstock Paradise Stakes took his record in Group 2 or lower company to 1111431181 (7-10) and he can continue to pay his way this season.

COCONUT BAY, fifth, 1m2f handicap, Newcastle, Tuesday, May 2nd

COCONUT BAY was repeatedly denied a clear run in the closing stages of the 1m2f At The Races App Form Study Handicap at Newcastle last Tuesday and can be regarded as a very unlucky loser. She’s in at Nottingham on Friday.

HILARY’S BOY, seventh, 6f handicap, Newcastle, Monday, May 8th

Mick Appleby has a fantastic record at the first time of asking with horses he takes over from other trainers, but 8-1 shot HILARY’S BOY seemed happiest on fast turf/Polytrack when fifth Les Eyre and the son of Lethal Force could only finish seventh of 12 in the 6f Sky Sports Racing On Sky 415 Handicap. They’ll be other days.

MARBAAN, fourth, 6f Group 3, Ascot, Wednesday, May 3rd

MARBAAN signed off his juvenile campaign with a 25-1 fifth of seven to Chaldean in the Dewhurst, form that has been well advertised by the winner and the seventh, Isaac Shelby, who won the Greenham on his three-year-old debut. Like Isaac Shelby, Marbaan was drawn out towards the centre at Newmarket and could never strike a meaningful blow from off the pace. I had to get involved when I saw 14-1 for him to make a winning reappearance in the Group 3 British Racing School 40th Anniversary Commonwealth Cup Trial Stakes at Ascot last Wednesday and he was well supported throughout the day, starting at 13-2. I had expected a patient ride and getting cover would be the priority but Jamie Spencer switched him to race alone towards the far side until joining the main group after a couple of furlongs. He kept on well at the business end and will be far happier with a stronger pace to chase next time, perhaps at Royal Ascot.

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NOAHTHIRTYTWORED, second, 2m handicap chase, Worcester, Monday, May 8th

The Adam West-trained NOAHTHIRTYTWORED went into Monday’s Purple Granite Handicap Chase at Worcester with a perfect two-from-two course record and I was happy to have a small bet on the seven-year-old. I was far less happy after the second fence where he was badly hampered by a faller. He was fortunate not to get brought down and I thought he might be pulled up. However, Lee Edwards persevered and got the 11-2 shot back into contention. He traded at 2.1 in running in the closing stages but could never quite get to RAFFLE TICKET. It was a fine ride in defeat and Noahthirtytwored can gain compensation when next running here.

RAYMOND TUSK, third, 1m4f handicap, Newmarket, Saturday, May 6th

TEUMASSIAS FOX made it eight four-year-old winners from the last nine renewals of the 1m4f Howden Handicap when taking last Saturday’s opener at Newmarket from Crystal Delight. Alan King’s eight-year-old RAYMOND TUSK fared best of the older brigade in an 18-1 third and it’s interesting to note that his trainer did the same thing with five-year-old Tritonic (second, 9-2) in this race last year and he won at the next time of asking. Often a prominent racer, the veteran was forced to come from off the pace after missing the break and a similar ride could help if he lines up in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.

ROUSING ENCORE, fifth, 6f Group 3, Ascot, Wednesday, May 3rd

ROUSING ENCORE beat only one home in a 1m Newcastle Listed contest when 22-1 for last month’s reappearance but fared much better in the Group 3 British Racing School 40th Anniversary Commonwealth Cup Trial at Ascot last week. Richard Fahey’s 33-1 shot finished best of the hold-up horses in fifth and could win a big prize granted a strong pace to chase. He ran well at Royal Ascot last year, finishing sixth of 17 behind Bradsell in the Coventry and he wouldn’t be out of place in the Commonwealth Cup itself.

RUM COCKTAIL, third, 5f handicap, Ascot, Wednesday, May 3rd

The pace held up in the 5f Svend Kold Memorial Handicap and Ed Walker’s RUM COCKTAIL deserves extra credit for coming from mid-division to grab third at 16-1. This was his seasonal/stable debut and it’s interesting to note that he won second-time out in both seasons for Clive Cox.

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SILVER SAMURAI, ninth, 6f handicap, Newmarket, Saturday, May 6th

SILVER SAMURI finished a creditable 22-1 ninth of 21 in the 6f Howden Handicap and will be of particular interest on a flat track next time. He improved for the cut back to this trip last year, scoring at Newbury and Haydock and running well at York on two occasions. His combined record at Ascot, Newmarket and Newcastle, tracks with stiff uphill finishes, now reads 46733069 (0-8).

TIME INTERVAL, won, 1m2f handicap, Goodwood, Saturday. May 6th

To the naked eye it looked as though William Cox had gone off too hard on TIME INTERVAL in the 1m2f William Hill Epic Value Handicap at Goodwood last Saturday but John Flint’s five-year-old kept on rolling and had a length and a quarter to spare over BAD COMPANY at the line. This certainly proved that last month’s narrow 100-1 Newbury second go the progressive Mustazeed was no fluke and he can follow up.