Market Rasen provides us with our only National Hunt card of the day from 1.20 through till 4.20 with a couple of all-weather meetings at Lingfield Park and on the Fibresand at Southwell. Paul Jacobs outlines his best bets of the day below.
1.20 – Market Rasen – There seems little reason why either Interior Minister or Hurricane John will close the gap substantially on CARRY ON SYDNEY when they were some way behind that runner-up 20 days ago and Oliver Sherwood’s charge should readily get off the mark here before being stepped up in class. Apart from a sloppy jump at the penultimate hurdle, the selection jumped nicely in rear before making his move down the side of the track and was only beaten a length and a half by the winner.
In all truth the rest of the field look pretty ordinary with the most experienced in the line-up, Garde Ville, now exposed and looking a better proposition over a distance of ground.
BET NOW – CARRY ON SYDNEY
2.20 – Market Rasen – I really like the make and shape of this race from a betting point of view and I am willing to oppose likely market leader Shimla Dawn with Tom Walford’s course and distance winner set to give weight away all-round. There was certainly nothing wrong with his follow up run at Wetherby behind Embsay Crag, but in receipt of six pounds I think that outsider TRACKING TIME could be worth a small each-way interest.
The seven-year-old has been crying out for a step up to this distance on all his starts to date and his last run behind Dungeness at Warwick confirmed that when he really put his head down in the closing stages to battle on onto third spot. He needs to improve to close the gap on Shimla Dawn, but this distance may enable him to do so.
Maxed Out King is another set to be suited by the yardage, in fact there is an argument to believe that he already needs three miles, while Owen Na View ran fairly well at Leicester last time out, getting very tired when departing two out. Like the selection needs to find more on his previous form to be involved in this better race.
BET NOW – TRACKING TIME (e/w)
3.20 – Market Rasen – The extra half mile here may well see Mystifiable improve on his last run, but he will need to polish up his jumping to get the better of my selection, BENEFIT CUT.
Renee Robeson’s charge was a fair hurdler, but looks like making an even better chaser based on his fencing debut at Ascot. He made most of the running that day and had he not stumbled at the penultimate obstacle the eight-year-old could well have taken the scalp of Balinvarrig.
Like Mystifiable, Majorca King is capable of making his presence felt here, but he too needs to be a bit more compliant over his fences. Even so a clear round would probably make him a bigger danger than that horse and Dartford Warbler.
BET NOW – BENEFIT CUT
3.40 – Southwell – I am a great fan of top weight Hannahs Turn and the return to six furlongs will certainly see her in a better light than when beaten by Sleepy Blue Ocean over the minimum trip last month. However, she also has to race off a 10lbs higher mark and that may just tip the scales in favour of FRATELLINO.
I am taking a chance on the seven-year-old finally bouncing back to his best after taking his losing streak to 28 races on January 21st in a much better race than this behind Bedloe’s Island. Formerly rated a stone higher on turf, this sixth furlong could help him out and although a return to Polytrack is probably desirable I would happy to have an each-way wager at double figure odds here.
There should be little between Mappin Time and Fortinbrass on last month’s run although it should be noted that the former still looks fairly treated on bits and pieces of his old form.
BET NOW – FRATELLINO (e/w)