Looks Like Murt is one I’ve been banging on about all year. He managed to win on his handicap debut off 117 at Kelso. He then fell at Newcastle five out when travelling really well, and had until them jumped well that day. The winner of that one Domaine De L’isle went on to win a competitive Ascot handicap.
Next time at Leicester he was cruising again coming to three out and unseated his jockey. He was dropped down to two miles at Kelso in his last outing at the end of February, and I assume that was to sharpen up his jumping to get him jumping at speed, and he ended up just getting run out of it by Protek Des Flos in the last 100 yards to end up second.
He’s back up to three miles here and the soft ground is fine. He’s off a mark of 129. I think that’s a lot lower than what this horse is going to be rated in a year’s time. I think he’ll take a bit of beating.
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David Pipe won this last year with Poker Play and he has the favourite Main Fact. But for me, he has to prove he’s got the stamina for two-and-a-half miles, and I think Pipe’s other runner Remastered is more interesting.
He was second at Chepstow behind Potters Corner back in December. He disappointed at Sandown at the start of February on his return from a wind op but was much more like it when was third over three miles behind two unexposed at Doncaster last time out.
He travelled well that day and I think the drop to two-and-half miles over bad ground could suit. At a double-figure price, he could be worth a few bob each/way.
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