Friday, July 17, 2015

Market Rasen Summer Plate 2015

Tomorrow's card at Market Rasen represents the highlight of the summer jumping progamme.

Two trainers come to the meeting in excellent form - John Ferguson (24 winners from 61 runners, strike rate 39.34%) and Dan Skelton (23 winners from 65 runners, strike rate 35.38%).

The feature, the listed Betfred Summer Plate, looks as competitive as ever with 16 set to face the starter at 3.30.

Last year Jonjo O'Neill saddled the winner and runner-up, It's A Gimme and Lost Legend, and those two try their luck again this year; It's A Gimme is rated 11 pounds higher, his stablemate seven. Geraghty replaces McCoy aboard It's A Gimme and intends to speak to the former champion before the off .         

Carrigmorna King will need to brush up the jumping - I note Richard Johnson prefers to ride at Cartmel - while Charlie Longsdon has left bottom weight Greenlaw in the 3.50 at the Cumbrian track.

Dell' Arca won the Greatwood on his debut in this country but perhaps proved a little disappointing thereafter - he may be exposed here with just one chase run to his name.

Dan Skelton's Pumped Up For Kicks is a mare in good form but her wins have come in smallish fields.

In a very open race I'll take a small each-way interest in Lost Legend (16/1 generally) on the back of last year's effort. Most layers are paying a quarter the odds four places, provided, of course, the sixteen start.


GeeDee said...

Brave Spartacus (12/1) made all to win this competitive-looking event with something in hand, Baby Mix (5/1) and Valco De Touzaine (9/1) claiming the minor honours. The winner's style of racing certainly helped - it was clear from two out that the challengers were never going to land a blow.

Selection Lost Legend (11/1) was bang there coming around the home turn for the final time but he was unable to keep tabs on the leaders, fading up the home straight to eventually finish seventh.

Fourteen made it to the start; Dell'Arca and Champion Court were declared non-runners on the day.

Mulldog said...

I was extremely pleased to get both the winner of the Hurdle and the Plate that day. Good times!

GeeDee said...

Nice double there, Mully!