Friday, September 28, 2007

Market Rasen tomorrow

At the time of writing the official going at Market Rasen is described as good; I'm assuming there will be no further deterioration in the ground. The juvenile hurdle due off at 2.05 looks intriguing. Soliya has the best form on offer but the word is for Alan King's Franchoek. The King stable won this last year with subsequent Triumph Hurdle winner Katchit; if this one's anywhere near as good he'll take all the beating. In situations like this I prefer the form in the book so will side with Soliya as long as there's no further rain.

It's good to see Ruby Walsh back riding in this country following his summer break. He's on Blu Teen for the Paul Nicholls stable in the novice chase at 2.40. Both Blu Teen and and Crathorne have an official rating of 132 but Blu Teen is the one with the potential; it will be disappointing if he doesn't take this on the way to better things, although the starting price is likely to be short.

Sixteen go to post in the handicap chase at 3.15. This race looks very difficult but is one to watch for future reference. Kings Brook won this last year and is in form. I'd be intersted in Boychuk if the stable were in better form and a similar comment applies to Iron Man. If pressed, Kings Brook would be the selection but I'll be sitting this one out.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

Two short priced horses and both turned over - most disappointing. One minute Soliya was favourite then Franchoek; at the off Soliya was the 6/4 market leader. The filly led but the writing was on the wall two out with 8/1 shot Falcon's Fire going on to win by two and a half lengths. Franchoek (7/4) finished third. This looked a decent performance by Falcon's Fire and a step up on his previous Bangor victory.
Trainer Paul Nicholls was interviewed before the novice chase and indicated Blu Teen, 'a big gross horse', might just be a little undercooked. For most of the race it looked immaterial with the 4/6 favourite jumping well in front but the tenacious pair Prestbury Knight and jockey Paddy Brennan refused to throw in the towel; in the race to the line after the last, PK overhauled the favourite to win by just under two lengths. Blu Teen should come on for the run but this was still a big disappointment.
The feature chase was won by 6/1 shot Iron Man - a repeat of his victory over course and distance in The Summer Plate. Kings Brook (6/1)faded very quickly from three out to finish tenth of the sixteen runners.