Thursday, July 20, 2006

Market Rasen on Saturday

The biggest jump meeting of the summer racing season takes place at Market Rasen on Saturday, with the highlight being the Summer Plate worth £65,000.

At the moment Peter Bowen, based in west Wales, heads the jump trainers' title race. I haven't sat down and done the homework but it has always struck me that there must be money to be made by identifying National Hunt trainers who seriously target races run during the summer period; many races look decidedly uncompetitive.

For the last three or four summers now, Bowen has certainly had his string fighting fit. He has three declared for the Plate on Saturday, his best chance being Yes Sir. A high class hurdler, Yes Sir has taken his time to get to grips with the larger obstacles; recently he has done well in novice company but this is a step up in class.

Our old friend Full House is likely to run

Going well when falling in this race last year, I'd expect a bold show from Paul Webber's horse.

With the hot weather likely to continue, we can expect a bumper crowd on Saturday.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

An extremely good weekend for Peter Bowen. His Yes Sir won the Summer Plate at 3/1 with stablemate Ballycassidy second at 20/1.
Paul Webber's Full House was pulled up after the fifth, something clearly amiss.

Bowen's Tycoon Hall won Market Rasen's Summer hurdle at odds of 33/1 and on Sunday his Megaton won at Stratford at odds of 11/8.