Summer jumping takes centre stage today, with Market Rasen hosting two highly competitive races which are being covered by ITV.
The Listed Betway Summer Handicap Hurdle at 2.10 has a field of 15, headed by the unbeaten (in eight) Longhouse Sale from the prolific Skelton yard. One P-T-P, 4 Bumpers and 3 Novice Hurdles is the score to date, but making a handicap debut off a mark of 141 in a race as fierce as this is surely biting off a bit too much.
Our pick in this race is the Pam Sly trained Fransham, which is available at 11-1.
This lightly raced 5-y-o has improved with every run and ended last season with two easy victories in novice events at Wetherby and Kempton. Not seen since April to preserve a handicap mark of 124, Pammy will produce her charge fully fit and raring to go and we recommend an each way bet.
The Betway Summer Plate Handicap Chase at 3.20 is an 11-2 the field affair and we like the look of two in this, starting with the Ian Williams trained Royal Village.
This 7-y-o began the season with a win in a valuable chase at Uttoxeter, beating today’s rival Pacific De Baune, with which it is 4lbs better off today. Fancied to follow up at Perth, Village took a knock and finished lame but you betcha his trainer has it spot on this afternoon and at 10-1, this is a decent each way bet.
Our other pick is the Good Doctor trained Trigger Nichol, which is available at 14-1. Facile winner on just its second chase start, Trig finished strongly into second at Ffos Lasjust 8 days ago and has yet to fulfil its potential over the larger obstacles. It can start to do so today.
Cameras are also at Newbury and Newmarket and the Marsh Cup Handicap at 2.25 on the Berkshire track is our first port of call. This 16 runner (yer, right) affair has the Tom Dascombe trained Proschema installed as market leader at 5-1 and this progressive 4-y-o should be whacked each way at the price.
Consistent improvement as the yard have stepped this gelding up in trip means that 2 miles on soft ground now looks ideal and that’s what we have this afternoon.
Our other bet in this race is, as ever, an each way bet on Coeur De Lion at 11-1. Consistency a strong point and still competitively weighted, now that he’s finished acting in Game Of Thrones, we can rely on Thor Hammer Hanson to produce CDL with the customary late surge. That’s the theory, anyway.
The 3.00 and 3.40 at Newbury are both sprints and regular readers will be aware of our slight aversion to these types of races so will understand if we whizz over to Newmarket for a look at the televised (deep breath) Ric And Mary Hambro Aphrodite Fillies’ Stakes at 2.40.
This Listed contest has a field of 12 headed by Sparkle Roll at 15-8. On paper, John Gosden‘s 3-y-o has vastly superior form and is taking a significant drop in class, so, on the theory that sometimes the favourite wins, we recommend a win bet at the mentioned price.
The other class dropper in the race is the David O’Meara trained Blue Gardenia, last seen finishing a staying on 9thin The Oaks and, having had the pause that refreshes, prudence dictates an each way bet on this one at 9-1.
That’s it – fire up the irons, Brooks.
Fransham 2.10 Market Rasen 1.5pts e/w @ 11-1 (4 places)
Royal Village 3.20 Market Rasen 1pt e/w @ 10-1 (4 places)
Trigger Nichol 3.20 Market Rasen 1pt e/w @ 14-1 (4 places)
Proschema 2.25 Newbury 2pts e/w @ 5-1 (5 places)
Coeur De Lion 2.25 Newbury 1pt e/w @ 11-1 (5 places)
Sparkle Roll 2.40 Newmarket 4pts win @ 15-8
Blue Gardenia 2.40 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 9-1