All three of todays selections come in very quick succession with them all appearing as the first race on three separate cards, the first of which comes from Kelso.
Although there’s little to no form to go off it still looks quite an open race up at Kelso. My selection goes to the team of Oliver Sherwood and Leighton Aspell who send The Fresh Prince into this contest off the back of a second placed finish over two miles and one furlong last time out. Ideally I’d have liked to see the horse tackle something over two miles and three furlongs but never the less this horse represents decent connections and the softer conditions should play into its hands.
Top weight Imada has been pretty consistent but a seven pound higher weight than all of its rivals should be too much to defy, especially on ground that doesn’t play into its hands.
The horse i fear the most is bottom weight Dubai Celebrity, at a current best price of around 10/1 I couldn’t put people backing it for each-way purposes after what looked a promising return to racing when finishing third last time out. The horse, at the age of four, has more potential than most of its rivals but I fear it may find a couple too good today.
The Fresh Prince (WIN)
We make a quick dash over the Irish sea to Limerick as we see a trainer that’s more famed for his successes on the flat than over jumps take on a hurdles race with short priced favourite Slowmotion. Aidan O’Brien sends the four year, French import into what looks a relatively weak contest and it wouldn’t have to be much to take the prize here. That being said however the ultra consistent Lagostovegas may give the favourite something to think about after much more race experience. Never the less what seems like a two horse race should more than likely go to the JP McManus horse who will likely enjoy the heavy going and make it two in a row.
14:10 Market Rasen
An even quicker break to our third and final tip where the in-form Brian Ellison sends distance winner Eyes Of A Tiger to contest a novices hurdle. According to the betting it looks to be a two horse race but despite the lack of form from some of its opposition I think that’s a tad unfair.
The proverbial bridesmaid Star Foot has been banging on the door of success numerous times but without any luck and unfortunately that unwillingness to stick its head in front makes it a less than viable option when it comes to punting.
Nobel Leader finished second on its previous start and looked to be travelling well in that race but out of the two market principles I favour the Ellison runner.
The horse I actually fear most is still a maiden as the Peter Niven trained Brian Boranha looks to try and shake that losing tag today. Its ninth placed finish looks much better on paper than its placing suggests and a previous third in what looks a credible contest reads well. If Henry Brooke can coax this horse round it may do better than expected however I’m hoping it won’t have enough to topple the favourite.
The aforementioned favourite Eyes Of A Tiger makes its first outing for top all purpose trainer Brian Ellison. A horse brought in from Ireland where it won its last start with top jockey Ruby Walsh in the saddle. The more than capable Nathan Moscrop takes the reigns today and with an extra five pounds off the horses back I’m hoping it can rack up two wins on the bounce here.
Eyes Of A Tiger (WIN)