13.55 Market Rasen
SOLIGHOSTER (best price 11-4) wouldn’t have the form of Barney Dwan over hurdles, but he does appear to have the right attitude for fences and that mindset might just allow him to turn over his more strongly-fancied market rival. Making his chasing debut at Ffos Las 25 days ago, Neil Mulholland’s charge jumped really well when accounting for the strongly-fancied Joe Farrell at the Welsh track and with stamina very much his number one attribute, a positive ride in this small field can yield maximum rewards.
COEUR BLIMEY (best price 15-8) acquitted himself with great credit on his first outing of the season at Cheltenham and he doesn’t appear to be on a bad mark on the evidence of that performance and several notable displays in the past.
Good enough to chase home the smart Air Force One at Exeter last season, Sue Gardner’s inmate was nicely backed to make a winning seasonal/handicap debut and although he failed to justify his position in the market to a degree, he did enough to suggest those who took part in the gamble, weren’t a million miles away with their assessments. Back on a genuine soft surface, the son of Winged Love should receive the stamina test he requires to be seen as his best.
This represents a much easier task for JUST GET CRACKING (NAP) (best price 15-8) than several he’s encountered of late and he rates a decent bet to back up a smooth victory in a similar race at Tramore three starts ago. Pitched into the deep end in a hot handicap hurdle won by the well-handicapped Ben Dundee next time at Punchestown, the Winged Love gelding was then a little unlucky to bump into two useful sorts in the shaped of Doctor Phoenix and De Benno at Cork on his latest outing.
Although the winner failed to enhanced the form due to a bad mistake halfway down the back at Fairyhouse last weekend, the runner-up flew the flag by filling out the same position behind impressive winner Nearly Nama’d and as there doesn’t appear to be any superstars in today’s line-up, this strong-travelled type should make his class tell.
A decent draw and good early track position are usually two of the main ingredients to success on the round track on dirt at this venue, so DEHBASHI (best price 9-2) did remarkable well to overcome stall 13 and a mid-field sit when scoring on his winter return here last time. Doug Watson’s charge has quickly established a rapport with today’s deep surface – as form figures of 31131 testify – and all his three victories have come about due to his strength in the latter stages of each contest. Hopefully, a decent break will find the son of Blame in a competitive position at halfway and if so, the four-year-old should prove a very dangerous opponent to all his rivals down the lane.