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2.05 Market Rasen Summer Handicap Hurdle C1

21-July-2018 6:59
in General
by Admin

A good field of 13 lines up for this nice summer prize and we should, with any luck, get a good pace to the race which will be important. Pace makes the race and gives the form some substance.

One fact to note about this race is that in the last 10 years it has almost exclusively been farmed by 6/7 year olds. Indeed 8/10 winners have come from that age group.

Dan Skelton has started the season like a man on a mission and another shrewd addition to his yard has been the bay son of Tiger Hill, Fair Mountain. 

A smart horse on the flat in Germany, he has shown equally smart form over Jumps, a sighter at Ludlow was followed by two visullly impressive wins at Bangor and Uttoxeter. what I like about Fair Mountain is the way and the ease in which he goes through his races. The manor in which the races at Bangor and Uttoxeter were put to bed only leaves the impression that there is a lot more to come. An opening mark of 134 looks stiff on the face of it given the fact he is in a handicap for the first time and the form behind him in his two races isnt setting the world alight. However given his connections, age, the way he has took to the National Hunt game in England, I can only see improvement and I think he will be a pretty tough nut to crack in this race. 

Now the price is the problem as I am writng this at 6.50 sat morning he is 7/2 best priced acoording to the Racing Post and I would be looking for 4/1 or better.


I cant see him drifting too much so as I think he is my selection on form, if I can get 4/1 I will be having a 1pt win. I doubt he will drift beyond that but if he does hit the 5/1 mark I shall go in again with another half pont.






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