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Murphy gets extended Christmas holiday after scrap with Elsworth

MurphyTimmy Murphy has taken responsibility for the fight between himself and Dominic Elsworth that took place at Newbury a week ago. His misdemeanour earned him a nine-day ban at a British Horseracing authority disciplinary hearing at Wincanton yesterday. Read more

Jockey Balboa puts himself on the ropes

Timmy MurphyTimmy Murphy landed himself on the ropes after he turned Jockey Balboa in the Newbury weighing room on Friday. His scrap with fellow jockey Dominic Elsworth resulted in Murphy heading off to hospital with a suspected (later confirmed) dislocated shoulder, and meant he was unable to ride in the Hennessy Gold Cup for a second year in a row. Read more

Stat of the Day, 20th May 2012

Stat of the Day

Stat of the Day

Stat of the Day: 20th May 2012

SotD endured another defeat yesterday as Farleigh House (sent off at 4/1 jt fav from our advised 6's) trooped home in 5th place of 9. He seemed to have every chance 2 out, but faded quite badly. Possibly a combination of bearing too much weight and also not quite being good enough put paid to our hopes.

Our quest for a winner sees us tackle another Handicap Chase some 70 miles South of yesterday's contest. This one's a 16-runner, Class 4 event over 2 miles 4 furlongs on Good ground (Good to Soft in places, though), it's the...

3.20 Stratford

Trainer Paul Webber's horses seem to like the chase course at Stratford: during his entire training career his record in these contests is excellent with 11 wins and 8 places from just 42 runners. Whilst more recently (and probably more relevant), in the last 18 months that chasing record at Stratford reads 4 winners and a second from just 5 attempts! So, we're always interested in Mr Webber's Stratford chasers, and we're happy to report that he has one solitary entry at the course today: Marley Roca.

Our selection today loves the track, in fact all 3 of his chase victories have been at Stratford, where his chasing record is 3 wins and 1 runner-up position from 5 races. Those races have taken place on ground varying from Good to Firm along to Good to Soft, so the cut in the ground shouldn't pose a problem today. In fact, his most recent course victory was also over today's distance on Good to Soft ground. He is, once again partnered by regular pilot Dominic Elsworth, so the pair of them are well used to each other.

My take here is that Paul Webber's chasers tend to make the frame at Stratford, as does our selection in particular and the horse will get both the trip and the going. He may well be weighted towards the upper limits of his capabilities, but turns out in good heart and good form.

With all this in mind, I think Marley Roca's an excellent E/W prospect and several bookmakers are currently offering 10/1 BOG, which is what I'd generally advise, although I've personally taken 16.5 on the exchanges. You can, however, always...

Click here for the latest odds on the 3.20 Stratford.

Trainer Stats: 5th April 2012

Warren Greatrex's Horses Are In Flying Form

Andy Newton highlights the trainers who are heading into the Easter period in tip-top form............... Read more

Elsworth aiming for new heights

Dominic Elsworth seems to have been riding for ever, so it must have been a great relief to post his first Grade One winner when he partnered Somersby to take the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot on Saturday. Read more

New twist to whip rules

Dominic Elsworth's unsuccessful appeal yesterday against his seven-day whip ban incurred when riding Loch Ba into second place at Sandown at the beginning of the month revealed a new twist in the whip rules saga. His solicitor, Rory MacNeice, revealed that the Bloody Hopeless Amateurs (BHA) had produced further guidance, but had circulated it to just a small group of stewards. Read more