Market Rasen has two races live on ITV this Saturday and the first of those sees the Skeltons teaming up with a horse who has won his last 8 races on the spin.
Longhouse Sale could be anything judged on how easily he has won his last 3 hurdle races – he has not been tested at any stage, so this will be a different ball game for him. 141 is the mark the handicapper has given him and it’s hard to argue with that. The difference here is how the race will pan out for him. There won’t be as much room as he’s used to but his hurdling is sound. He will be bang there – it’s just a case of how good he really is when the chips are down.
But John Constable is the one I am going to take a punt on. He ran a blinder at Haydock but they have reached for the headgear to help him – and, remember, he won this race two years ago rated 15lbs higher.
Grapevine is one to keep an eye on if you fancy having a go on an outsider. This horse has run well on the flat this summer and if there is a horse well handicapped back over hurdles it is this lad.
Native Fighter is the one the market fancies but anytime you have a horse like Global Tour on your side is a good day.
This lad has rocketed up the ratings but the way he won after a mini-break means he may not be finished.
This listed chase has a 15 runner field and Nicky Henderson has two runners. Both have chances here.
I like Casablanca Mix as she has been a little unlucky in her career to have not won more, but Royal Village is the one I am plumping for. Ian Williams’ charge is 2-2 at the track and I felt he under-performed last time at Perth – he is better than that. This track and trip really suit his style.
Gortroe Joe is also interesting as he has no doubt been saved for this by his shrewd outfit.