2.35 Market Rasen
PARTY ROCK (best price 7-4) impressed with his aptitude for fences at the first time of asking when landing a tidy beginners chase over today’s C&D last time out and is taken to follow up that initial success despite having to concede a hefty chunk of weight away to Impulsive American. Easily the pick of these over hurdles, Jenny Candlish’s inmate jumped with aplomb for start to finish when getting the better of the strongly-fancied and more experienced Golden Doyen in the latter stages here 16 days ago and it’s that valuable knowhow which will hopefully set him apart for his main market rivals.
ISABELLA LIBERTY (best price 7-2) has been in splendid form during the summer jumping period and her general consistency looks set to be rewarded as she reverts back to hurdles following an excellent display over fences last time out. Prior to that runner-up spot behind the useful My Betty at Wexford, Gordon Elliot’s charge had occupied the same position when chasing home The Nutcracker in a competitive and strongly-run affair at Ballinrobe and, as both performances suggested she could have done with a stiffer test, today’s more galloping track should play into her strengths.
If it wasn’t for a monumental blunder going away from the stands at Down Royal last time out, THE HERDS GARDEN (NAP) (best price 5-1) would have surely captured a race of this nature 16 days ago and providing he can avoid such a mishap this time around, Noel Meade’s charge is strongly fancied to make amends. Given that the son of Multiplex forfeited in the region of 10 lengths following that costly mistake, he did remarkable well to get within eventual winner Beau Et Sublime, and with that notable effort coming off the back of a sound display in a strongly-run affair at Kilbeggan, he rates a decent each-way bet to turn in another solid performance over fences.