Betfair Ambassador Olly Murphy sends four runners to Uttoxeter on Wednesday afternoon, and the Grade 1-winning trainer gives his thoughts on their chances…
“The drop-in trip will suit him, and he’ll love the decent ground and galloping track at Uttoxeter.”
– Olly Murphy on The Butcher Said
No Thanks will improve for the experience now in handicap company
No Thanks was a winner on the flat for William Jarvis before joining us. He’s had three runs in novice hurdles, steadily improving. This is his first start in a handicap, and he looks to be on a fair mark of 97. Hopefully he’s able to run well in this sphere but I’m sure he will improve for the experience.
Big step forward needed from Enchant Me to be competitive
Enchant Me has been well beaten in her bumpers and novice hurdles so far. She’s started to show improvement at home but will need to take a big step forward to be competitive in handicap company. We have fitted her with a tongue-tie for the first time and hopefully this will help her see out her races.
The Butcher Said will prefer the drop back in trip
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|10/08/20||Southwell||1/3||Chase||3m 60y||Gd/frm||h||11st 0lbs||A. P. Heskin||1.41|
|14/03/20||Kempton Park||2/20||Hurdle||2m 5f||Gd/sft||h||11st 8lbs||A. P. Heskin||15.5|
|16/11/19||Cheltenham||5/10||Hurdle||2m 7f 208y||Heavy||h||10st 8lbs||A. P. Heskin||4.51|
|26/10/19||Cheltenham||2/5||Hurdle||2m 7f 208y||Heavy||h||11st 6lbs||A. P. Heskin||5.77|
|25/06/19||Newton Abbot||1/8||Hurdle||2m 5f 122y||Good||h||11st 8lbs||A. P. Heskin||1.13|
|05/06/19||Fontwell Park||1/3||Hurdle||2m 5f 164y||Good||h||11st 12lbs||A. P. Heskin||2.66|
|25/05/19||Cartmel||1/4||Hurdle||2m 6f 31y||Good||h||11st 4lbs||A. P. Heskin||3.84|
|09/05/19||Huntingdon||1/6||Hurdle||2m 4f 145y||Gd/sft||h||11st 2lbs||A. P. Heskin||4.2|
|21/04/19||Market Rasen||2/7||Hurdle||2m 4f 139y||Gd/frm||h||11st 2lbs||Fergus Gregory||2.8|
|01/12/18||Bangor-On-Dee||6/15||Hurdle||2m 145y||Heavy||10st 12lbs||A. P. Heskin||6.2|
|03/12/17||Leicester||6/10||Hurdle||2m 4f 110y||Soft||10st 12lbs||A. P. Heskin||5.8|
|12/11/17||Sandown Park||3/10||Bumper||1m 7f 216y||Soft||10st 12lbs||A. P. Heskin||2.37|
|25/04/17||Punchestown||2/23||Bumper||2m||Gd/sft||11st 7lbs||Mr P. W. Mullins||7.53|
The Butcher Said had a fantastic hurdles campaign last season, winning four races and two good placed efforts in handicap company. He won well in a small field on chase debut last time and has come out of the race well, schooling nicely on Tuesday under regular rider Adrian Heskin. This is a tougher race on paper, but he is in receipt of 6lbs from market rival, Longhouse Sale. The drop-in trip will suit him, and he’ll love the decent ground and galloping track at Uttoxeter.
Likeable Presence Of Mind must defy lack of handicap experience
Presence Of Mind is a likeable son of Presenting, winner of a point-to-point, bumper and novice hurdle. I think he’s off a fair mark of 125 with former champion jockey Richard Johnson taking the ride and he won comfortably over this trip on New Year’s Day. My only worry would be his lack of experience on handicap debut. If he’s able to defy that, he won’t be far away.