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Southwell 14.20, 2m 7f Novices Handicap Chase 

Game Line is on a roll after two recent wins and so is his trainer Christian Williams. This horse won last time at Perth over hurdles and before that over fences at Stratford and returns to fences today at Southwell.

He’s really improved for the step up in trip and today’s 2m 7f contest is well within his radar. I actually coach his young jockey Jack Tudor who is very good and exceptional value for his 7lb claim.

Game Line can get the ball rolling.


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Tramore 15.40, Mares Beginners Chase 2m 5f

Dolly Dancer ran a decent race at the Galway Festival when finishing sixth – only beaten seven lengths over two miles. She steps up in trip here and her trainer Emmet Mullins wasn’t walking around his uncle Willie’s place with his eyes closed when he worked there. He had a really good Galway Festival and I have been super-impressed with how he’s handled his horses in the last couple of seasons.

Dolly Dancer is the youngest runner in the field and at five – is still open to the most improvement.

Southwell 16.50, 2m Mares Novice Hurdle 

Trainer Olly Murphy has an agreement that works really well with the UK’s champion jump jockey Richard Johnson. When he’s available, ‘Dicky’ can ride any of Murphy’s horses.

Smart Getaway won well first time up for this team at Stratford and with Never Be Enough winning at  Perth on Saturday (so a likely non-runner here) that leaves the door open for the Murphy / Johnson combo to deliver again.


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Tramore 17.10, NH Flat Race, 2m

It seems at times like the safest thing to do in Irish bumpers is to back Patrick and Willie Mullins. However, if you just backed them blind you’d be down €5.47 because they are normally quite short in the market.

Skyace will likely head the market but there was only a head between her and the ‘Shark’ Hanlon’s Dime a Dozen at Galway when they were second and third respectively to Majestic Maid. If Patrick Mullins bounces Skyace out and she forces the pace she’ll be dangerous, but could be vulnerable if she’s dropped in behind again like she was at Galway. I’m going to side with Dime A Dozen though and Tom Hamilton takes a valuable 3lbs off her back.

Good luck!

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