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Market Rasen 21st July 2018--Review

22-July-2018
22-July-2018 7:13
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by Admin

1.35 2m 2f Novice Hurdle

Really disapointed only 4 turned up for this Novice Hurdle to open the card on a great day of National Hunt Racing.

No Superstars here, Stole the show dominated through out, gaining fractions of a length at most hurdles, the 2nd horse just not as good nor in truth does he look at ease over Hurdles in my opinion. Stole the show is rated 115, any need to move him up from that ? not really, handicapper will no doubt react as that's what they do these days but 115 is fair, all in all poor turnout, poor race.

 

2.05 Summer Handicap Hurdle( Listed race) 2m and Half a Furlong

A wonderful front running performance from L' Inganno Felice. The horse has done nothing but improve since going over hurdles in April. When I looked at his form yesterday I honestly thought he had reached his ceiling but eveidently had one more in him. Quite frankly the race never looked in any danger apart from a brief moment on the home turn when Fair Mountain loomed up, but the winner didnt stop in truth, or at least didnt slow down enough for the 2/3 horses in behind to challenge. Running off 135 yesterday he will go up a chunk for this and that should mean as a 140 plus horse, he wont be running round the smaller tracks for a while. There maybe some improvement to come but he will contest races against horses with higher cruising speeds who will be able to lie up with him now, so he will have to improve to win again in my opinion. Having said that it looks like there is some substance and size to this fellow but I would think a break awaits him now and a return to turf flat or the AW in the winter beckons. Not a tracker horse for me but we will see.

Fair Mountain was my selection on the blog and the son of Tiger Hill ran an absolute cracker into second. Ive no doubt he improved and was essentially caught out by the pace the winner set on this fastish ground. He sat off the pace in 4th place or so all the way round and made his move just before the final bend looking to launch a final attack in the home straight only to find the winner had gained too many lengths. Fair Mountain did respond again in the final furlong which to his credit shows me that despite the fact he will go up again for this, I am fairly sure he isnt done winning yet. Different tactics next time, ridden closer to the pace and kick from two out against these better horses should bear fruit. A step up in trip would help too as he ran right through the line not stopping despite his efforts in the home straight. Not a superstar, but still only a 6yo and has improvement in him with slightly different tactics or a step up in trip. Tracker horse for me 

Cubswin is definatly going in my tracker, came from a mile back and finished the race really well. Ive got a feeling this 4yo is learning fast and will almost certainly win again, just hope the price is right when he does ! 

I have rated the race round the 4th horse Captain Felix who ran his race IMO 

3.15 Summer Plate Handicap Chase ( Listed Race)

A tale of two races within a race here. More Bucks, up in the frontrank all the way round, advised at 9/1 in the morning on my blog, the form the of his previous win at Perth had looked solid when he demolished the field by 31 lengths and the second had won since. So it proved.

Clearly rejuvinated by his move to the Bowen yard, looking up for the fight beforehand, it was a matter of what he found when the pressure went on in the closing stages.

It is all the more commendable as the jockey lost his reins in the last hundred yards and the horse kept pulling out more. The facts of the form are, he has won off 127 which was his previous highest winning mark. I dont see him winning off a higher mark again so for now we say thank you to More Bucks but we wont be backing him again at higher marks than this.

Too many Diamonds, like Cubswin in the previously mentioned race, came from a mile back to contest the lead all the way up the home straight and only give way in Shadows of the post.

There was just a hint that the trip caught him out in the end whereas the winner is a proven 3miler.

My inclination would be to drop him back to 2m 4f or maybe even 2m 2f where he could be held up off the pace and come with a decisive run. He will go up for this,, probably over 130, If he was mine I would give him a break and take in somewhere like Wetherby in October over 2m4f before the worst of the winter ground . I am sure he will win again under the right circumstances. Tracker Horse for me

I have rated the race around Shantou Village.

 

Pete Ingram

 

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