It may be the height of summer, but two of the best races on a busy afternoon of action take place over the jumps at Market Rasen.
Betfred TV Summer Handicap Hurdle
First up is the Summer Hurdle, where a host of in-form horse go to post.
With his yard in flying form, Dr Richard Newland is often the man to go to in this type of contest and he has a strong contender here in the shape of HASSLE.
Rated 100 at his peak on the level, Hassle seems to be getting his act together over hurdles now, having won his last two starts. He’s still very well treated based on that flat form and has an apprentice taking a further 10lbs off his back today.
Red Tornado is another interesting ex flat horse, with a similar profile to the main selection, but at a bigger price it might be worth chancing ROBINSHILL at the foot of the weights.
He too is claimer ridden, although Jamie Bargary is one of the best young jockeys around so the 5lbs he claims he is a real plus. Robinshill also has the tongue tie on for the first time.
If he can reproduce the form of his Ffos Las win on his penultimate start he could cause an upset and it is easy to forgive him his Cartmel defeat last time out as not every horse enjoys that unique circuit.
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|Hassle (ew)||2.15 Market Rasen||7/1||Bet365, Betfred|
|Robinshill (ew)||2.15 Market Rasen||25/1||Bet365, Betfred|
Betfred Summer Plate Handicap Chase
Newland could also have a say in the Summer Plate as Cut The Corner is finding form at the right time. However, a bigger threat could be GOLDEN DOYEN, if he can finally get his act together over fences.
He has a 3lbs lower mark over the larger obstacles than he does over hurdles and is yet to win since switched to chasing, but he has run some good races in defeat and loves this decent ground. His jumping has been holding him back, but if Philip Hobbs has been able to iron out any issues since he last ran he could finally get his head back in front again.
Plenty of these come here having contested a similar race over slightly further at Uttoxeter a few weeks ago. That valuable contest was won by a Charlie Longsdon runner and Longsdon may be able to double up here with GERMANY CALLING.
Again, the ground is key to him and he looks ready for this step up in trip based on his last few outings.
Finally, we can’t resist backing the outsider TONY STAR.
He is one of those who ran in that Uttoxeter race and, although he was pulled up, he ran much better than the “P” against his name would suggest. He led for a long way and will relish dropping back in trip here.
Pete Bowen has farmed these races in the past and it is interesting that Tony Star is his only representative here. We can’t believe his price and he should easily outrun it, wherever he finishes.
All bookmakers are offering 4 places for each-way bets on this race.
|Golden Doyen (ew)||2.45 Market Rasen||12/1||Bet365|
|Germany Calling (ew)||2.45 Market Rasen||12/1||Bet365, Betfair|
|Tony Star (ew)||2.45 Market Rasen||25/1||Betfair|
Weatherbys Super Sprint
The big race on the flat is arguably the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury for 2 year olds over 5 furlongs.
Tim Easterby has a good record in the race and HOPE SOLO looks an ideal type with her weight allowance.
The race looks set to be dominated by the fillies at the foot of the card.
With Hope Solo drawn high, we are going to back the selection up with the low drawn SIMMIE, who ran a blinder at Royal Ascot two starts back before hating the soft ground last time out.
Of the boys, look out for SIX STRINGS, who is highly regarded by his powerful connections.
|Hope Solo (ew)||4.10 Newbury||16/1||Bet365, Betfair|
|Simmie (ew)||4.10 Newbury||25/1||Bet365|
|Six Strings (ew)||4.10 Newbury||12/1||Bet365|