Murphy ready to strike at Fakenham (04/12/2018)

Tuesday 4th December 2018


1.10 Fakenham – (Class 4) (2m 5f) (Handicap Chase)


Olly Murphy has established himself as one of the most exciting young trainers in the game since leaving Gordon Elliott and he’s double handed in the 1.10 at Fakenham this Tuesday with two representatives in the line up. The first of these comes in the form of The Geegeez Geegee who’s 2-4 since joining the Murphy string and comes here for his first run in over a year having not been seen since November 2017 with Fergus Gregory taking off five pounds. He’s a horse that should enjoy the conditions here and has every chance of continuing his fine run for this yard. Murphy’s other runner is course and distance winner Wood Pigeon. He’s a heavy ground connoisseur who also comes here for his first run of the season and he’s also had a wind operation during the summer break. Aidan Coleman is in the saddle.

The market leader in the contest comes in the form of Native Robin who’s the mount of Nick Schofield, he’s a versatile sort who’s got a decent record over fences and is probably the correct favourite here. Zen Master made a decent start to life over fences the last day for Charlie Mann whereas the Emma Lavelle trained Balibour will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing effort at Chepstow last time. Tara Mac has been in the winners enclosure on numerous occasions in recent times however the handicapper hasn’t been all that kind as a result leaving her on a stiff enough mark. Shady Glen has won off 5 pounds higher than his current mark but will need to take a step up on current form and Hunter Chaser Mr Raj concludes the fields looking to be slightly up against it.


Race Verdict:

“A very open affair which is up for the taking. Native Robin is the one to beat on all known form but I quite like the chances of Olly Murphy’s The Geegeez Geegee. Despite having an absolutely despicable name he has his ideal conditions here and if fit has every chance of going well. Shady Glen is one to watch at a price on his current mark.”

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Other Murphy Runners:

12.40:

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1.40:

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3.10:

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