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Mount Oliver

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The owner of Mount Oliver made him available to BG Racing on a free lease for the 2019/2020 national hunt season.

 

He is a 3-mile handicap chaser who looked capable of winning races over the winter and he was unlucky not to do so.  Mount Oliver had not run since February 2018 and it took a couple of months to get him to race fitness.  Knowing that he would probably still need the run, he was sent down to Taunton to compete in a 3 mile 2 furlong handicap chase on 30th December 2019.  He proved to be more forward than anticipated and was still in contention turning for home before his race fitness gave way and he finished 7th of the 15 runners.

 

At Exeter three weeks later, he was unlucky to meet a well-handicapped rival, finishing well clear of the rest of the field in 2nd place and at Sedgefield in February, he ran well again, getting hampered at a crucial point in the race yet still plugging on well to finish 3rd.  He went to Plumpton in March on heady ground which we thought would suit him perfectly and he started favourite.  Unfortunately, the ground proved to be very gluey as opposed to soft and he did not enjoy the conditions at all finishing pulled up.

 

He surely would have had a good chance of winning next time, but racing was then suspended and with the shareholding period ending in April 2020, the lease was not extended as he would not be suited by summer ground.

 

He has returned home to Cork in Ireland where he is enjoying the summer grass.