Friday 9 November 2018

Market Rasen - Nov 8

Not a great deal to reflect upon after a pretty dismal card, run on good ground with around a furlong added to most race distances.

The opening juvenile hurdle was a match and they flip-flopped twice in the betting before Our Power made a winning debut, making the most of the weight concession.

Strong and compact, Alan King's youngster should continue to be competitive while Idilico is a little more leggy and awkward, and doesn't find jumping hurdles quite so easy.

The mares' novice hurdle saw a rematch from Chepstow between Festival Dawn and Annie Mc, but neither was able to uphold that seemingly strong form here.

Annie Mc looked immature beforehand, on her toes and getting warm, and will do better in time, while Festival Dawn was strongly fancied to finish ahead once more but ran no sort of race and must have been amiss.

Winner Outofthisworld is hard to asses, she was weak in the betting again and yet returned to her best bumper form with a thoroughly likeable effort - she's not much to look at but should be competitive kept to same-sex races.

The big Listed chase for mares was another that looked a match with the ultra consistent Rons Dream wanting is much softer, but with the luckless Drinks Interval toppling over three out and Casablanca Mix not getting home, the Bowen mare was able to get on top close home - the extra yardage proving ideal.

Rating the race, I'd be surprised if the winner has run up to her best form, and I'd give her a 140 mark at the most, leaving Casablanca Mix almost 10lb beneath her official mark.

The Henderson mare has plenty to prove for me, I wasn't especially taken by her physically and there's a concern that she doesn't see her races out. Stamina was a slight concern beforehand but she was treading water from the second last.

Actinpieces again struggled on the ground and this wonderful mare will be off to the paddocks in the New Year according to her trainer. Hopefully they can find the right race to send her off on a winning note.

There followed a trappy 0-120 staying handicap with five last time out winners, The Two Amigos having gone up 12lb for winning at Newton Abbot and Some Chaos 8lb well-in under a penalty.

The former looked full of himself and the money for him wasn't unexpected, while the latter didn't look great without being able to pinpoint why. Maybe he had gone in his coat, and there was a strong possibility that he could bounce having won off a lengthy absence.

Not a bit of it; he fully backed up the taking Bangor win by relishing the extra distance and jumping with real alacrity. You could easily see him picking up a decent pot over the festive season and his trainer has returned in good form this autumn.

Marten looked well but seems to be dogged by problems, Indirocco isn't bred for this and simply looks slow, while Mon Palois is a nimble, athletic sort that his jockey reported to have hung left throughout, so expect him to be going the other way next time.

The last two races weren't worthy of note, although I'm not the first to admit that I'll be proud to recall the day that 'I was there' to witness the (likely) sole victory of the 64-rated L'Es Fremantle!

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