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MULLAGHBOY has done all his racing at Fakenham since joining Olly Murphy and the six-year-old has acquitted himself well with a victory sandwiched between a couple of third-place finishes. Having won over 2m, he was held in a longer race last time and it did not unfold to suit those tactics, with him being short of room several times when trying to close and with the winner making most of the running. Still, he was less than two lengths behind the winner at the line and is clearly on the upgrade.
He is making his chase debut this afternoon under Richard Johnson and the contest, which is a novices’ handicap chase over an extended 2m5f, looks very winnable with just four rivals to beat. One of these, Mortems Leam, is favoured in the betting having finished a close second behind a much higher rated rival on his chase debut at Wetherby. However, that run may have flattered him and this 12-race maiden makes little appeal at odds-on, whereas the selection, who is bred to be a chaser and ‘jumps great at home’ according to Murphy in his Betfair blog, is a perfectly backable 11/4.
ARAMIST hardly jumps off the page for the 3m1f handicap hurdle at Catterick on recent form, but he’s surely capable of better than what he’s shown on a couple of hurdle starts over inadequate trips and is potentially well treated on a mark of 100. A five-time Flat winner and once rated as high as 95 in that sphere, he looked to be crying out for further when doing all his best work late on to finish fourth at Wetherby last month (2m31/2f), which is no surprise as he stayed 2m on the Flat. Today’s trip could prove ideal form him than and getting weight from all his 11 rivals, he has to be worth a small each-way interest at a double-digit price.
RETURN TICKET is a short-priced favourite for the closing bumper at the North Yorkshire track and deservedly so, having not been beaten far over course and distance on his racecourse debut late last month. The Malcolm Jefferson-trained four-year-old made eye-catching progress from the home bend to run into third behind a couple of well regarded types and with further improvement almost a given, he is going to be tough to beat under Brian Hughes.
All odds were correct at time of posting.