£1 trixie & £1 treble
Gerard Mentor 12.07 @ 13/8
Hiway One O Three 12.25 @ 2/1
Apologise 12.40 @ 9/4
Selected Market Rasen – good to soft on this mostly flat and sharp track
12.07 A very weak opener and looks good for the prolific Gerard Mentor to nail a 4th win in 5 starts . He was allowed to start at relatively long odds last time , due to a stiff penalty and switching to soft ground , but turned in a career best performance under today’s jockey Kai Lenihan in this race for conditional riders , and he is 3 from3 aboard the selection . Looks a very strong fav .
3/4pt win Gerard Mentor @ 13/8
12.40 The ex- Irish Apologise comes here on the back of a middle distance soft ground win at Killarney and is rated a decent 71 on the flat . He carries far better credentials than anything else in the field .
1/2pt win Apologise @ 9/4
2.10 Fox Socks is not out of this now on a decent mark but all of Fazayte Supasunrise and Onenightintown all bring very solid form to the table . The latter is by far the most experienced over fences , which counts for plenty , but is on a stiff enough mark , but experience tips the scales .
1/4pt win Onenightintown @ 6/1
2.40 The short priced fav is the lightly raced youngster Future Benefits , who toughed it out admirably at Newcastle in the mud , but this is a very different kind of C&D and also has a stiff 8 pound penalty . The clear danger is the in form Shanbally Rose , beaten a nose by Massini Man last time and that one has run well since . She has a good run in the book at this trip on soft ground at Musselburgh , so has conditions in her favour today .
1/4pt win Shanbally Rose @ 9/2
Market Rasen Placepot
Leicester is a very trappy card , each race riddled with ifs , buts and maybes and uncertainties regarding the ground just makes matters worse . Swerving the meeting
Selected Wincanton – probably good to soft on this flat and galloping track
12.25 Dash of Blue returned from a very long absence to win well at Southwell and besides the penalty to worry about , statistically is a “ Bouncer “ In a weak affair , the prolific youngster Hiway One O Three ran well on his recent chase debut and this is a golden opportunity .
3/4pt win Hiway One O Three @ 2/1
1.25 The big penalty and rise in grade makes the double tough for recent Exeter winner Midnight Glance , and a switch to a speed track won’t help either . Certainly Red signed off last season with a fine win at Kempton in a good quality contest , responding very well to a more positive ride and could well replicate that off a 6 pound higher mark .
1/4pt win Certainly Red @ 7/2
1.55 PREMIUM RACE
2.25 He hasn’t been at his best for some time now but Findusatgorcombe runs this track very well , has dropped to a good mark and his recent effort at Exeter wasn’t bad at all , and this isn’t a deep race .
1/4pt ew Findusatgorcombe @ 8/1
2.55 Irish raider Filey Bay justified lots of support in the market to land the odds in facile fashion at Donny and the 7 pound hit looks well within this unexposed youngster’s range, but is odds on again which draws me towards the ultra consistent Sergeant , who’s been running his race well off around this mark and trip and this late player looks good for the frame at long odds .
1/2pt ew Sergeant @ 18/1
Selected Chelmsford City – all weather – polytrack
4.30 The clear form horse is young filly Lethal Touch who followed up 2 seconds with an all the way success at Wolver but the stiff 5 pound hit , rise in grade and also unlikely to have an easy time up front all mean she’s got a job on her hooves. The consistent McTed has gone close over C&D a few times of late off around this mark . This could be his night but a bit worried about the wide draw and lack of the usual visor, but nothing else ticks as many boxes .
1/4pt win Mcted @ 9/2
5.30 PREMIUM RACE
6.00 PREMIUM RACE
6.30 Arifjan has been knocking at the door of late , but still beaten a few lengths . Clear preference is for recent Kempton close 2nd Sense Of Security who responded very well to the drop in the ratings and trip and this won’t take much winning .
1/2pt win Sense Of Security @ 7/2
7.30 PREMIUM RACE
8.00 Iesha has dropped like a stone in the ratings due to a series of below par performances , but probably was over raced and needed her recent lengthy break and there was more encouraging signs last time out . She has won twice off a 5 pound higher mark than tonight and also has a good record here . Draw could have been kinder but worth a decent dabble in a race where it’s hard finding serious contenders .
1/2pt ew Iesha @ 18/1
8.30 The pair who head the market , Michaela’s Boy and Grace Angel have been hit with 8 and 10 pound penalties respectively, just too much for exposed types. The one to take advantage is likely to be Lingfield close 2nd Diomed Spirit , who did well going close from the worst of the draw and from a much better berth looks the one for the Lucky Last . Prominent racer .
1/2pt win Diomed Spirit @9/2
Chelmsford City placepot