One in a Mul­lion at Chelms­ford

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10-3 Held up be­hind, rid­den af­ter 5 out, no im­pres­sion when blun­dered and un­seated rider af­ter next, in a race won by Ir­ish Oc­tave at Ut­tox­eter 3m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Oct, 9 ran. 9-4 Tracked leader, led be­fore 2 out, soon pressed, rid­den and headed be­fore last, well held in 3rd af­ter, 3rd of 8, 17l be­hind Right Of Re­ply at Hex­ham 2m 7f mdn hdl (5) gd in May. 15-8fav Led, headed be­fore 3 out, soon weak­ened, 6th of 10, 32l be­hind Jester Jet at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar. 10-1 Mid-di­vi­sion, head­way half­way, chased lead­ers 3 out, stayed on same pace clos­ing stages, 4th of 13, 2l be­hind Chu Chu Percy at New­cas­tle 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov. 5-2fav Held up to­wards rear, rid­den af­ter 4 out, never dan­ger­ous, 6th of 11, 20l be­hind Riv­abo­d­iva at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct. 8-1 Prom­i­nent early, chased lead­ers, mistake 3rd, strug­gling 8th, be­hind and driven af­ter 13th, stayed on from 3 out, went 2nd flat, no chance with win­ner, 2nd of 11, 17l be­hind At­ten­tion Please at Don­caster 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.

12-1 Led, blun­dered 1st, pulled up be­fore next, in a race won by Knock­na­mona at Ut­tox­eter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Nov, 8 ran. 20-1 Be­hind, ef­fort be­fore 4 out, weak­ened from 3 out, 6th of 16, 37l be­hind Golden In­vest­ment at Wetherby 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Nov. Ai­dan Cole­man steers Mid­night Tune to vic­tory in the Jockey Club Cater­ing Mares Hand­i­cap hurdle at Win­can­ton yes­ter­day

OURMULLION failed to sparkle when tried on turf on his most re­cent out­ing but a switch back to Poly­track in Chelms­ford’s Bet totet­ri­fecta At bet­fred.com Hand­i­cap can see him re­turn to his best.

John Best’s charge has shown all his bet­ter form on ar­ti­fi­cial sur­faces, count­ing two vic­to­ries at Chelms­ford and one at Ling­field on his record so far and plac­ing on all but two of his nine starts.

His turf record is much more or­di­nary hav­ing fin­ished un­placed in four at­tempts and he was again all at sea at Wind­sor in Oc­to­ber, weak­en­ing with a cou­ple of fur­longs to run be­fore trail­ing home well beaten over 10 fur­longs.

Given a break since that ef­fort, Ourmullion is much bet­ter judged on his two course-and-dis­tance suc­cesses in Septem­ber and while he has been boosted 3lb in the rat­ings ahead of this con­test, he still looks a win­ter cam­paigner on the up­grade.

Sandown kicks off two days of top ac­tion with White Moon ex­pected to star in the Grade Two Bal­ly­more Novices’ Hurdle.

A point to point win­ner back in May, he has made a fan­tas­tic start for Colin Tiz­zard with six-length vic­to­ries at both Win­can­ton and Ex­eter al­ready this term.

That lat­ter came in what was only an or­di­nary race, but he tri­umphed in style un­der a penalty and can kick on again here with the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val al­ready touted as an ul­ti­mate aim by some.

When cur­rent con­nec­tions forked out #340,000 for Night Of Glory on the eve of Royal As­cot, they prob­a­bly did not have a Na­tional Hunt ca­reer in mind.

He has failed to re­ally get to grips with Bri­tish rac­ing so far af­ter en­joy­ing some suc­cess for pre­vi­ous trainer Michael O’Cal­laghan in Ire­land, but is in­ter­est­ing now his at­ten­tions are switched to jump­ing in the Tokio Marine Kiln In­tro­duc­tory Ju­ve­nile Hurdle.

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