MARKET RASEN – APRIL 10
Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:
2015: £438.30 (7 favourites: 3 winners - 1 place - 3 unplaced)
Sunday's Placepot permutation at Market Rasen:
Leg 1 (2.15): 2 (Dream Berry) & 1 (Closest Friend)
Leg 2 (2.45): 8 (Top Priority), 4 (Kerrow) & 9 (Young Dillon)
Leg 3 (3.20): 1 (Discay), 2 (Midnight Chorister) & 4 (Goozan George)
Leg 4 (3.55): 6 (Under The Phone), 1 (Raktiman) & 7 (Calin Du Brizais)
Leg 5 (4.30): 4 (Quieto Sol) & 3 (Alberta)
Leg 6 (5.00): 4 (Express Du Berlais) & 3 (Fine Parchment)
Suggested stake: 216 bets to 10p stakes
2.15: Nine of the seventeen available toteplacepot positions have been claimed by horses starting at a top price of 9/2, and with DREAM BERRY and CLOSEST FRIEND looking to be strong contenders this time around, the trend looks set to continue. Connections of the latter named raider would prefer rain to steer clear of the Lincoln area, though the opposite view might be held by Jonjo O'Neill and his team for DREAM BERRY. We should certainly be safe from a Placepot viewpoint one way or the other, with ARABIAN OASIS possibly proving to be the main threat to my pair against the field.
Market Rasen record of course winners in the opening event:
2.45: Jonjo O'Neill has only saddled more winners at Uttoxeter and Worcester than he has managed here at Market Rasen during the last five years. 31 gold medallists have been greeted by the trainer, eleven of them during the 2014-2015 season. Jonjo has offered the green light to his five-year-old gelding TOP PRIOITY, the main worry being that Richie McLernon's mount gained his only success to date under really fast conditions at Stratford. With only eight and a half racing miles on his clock however, it is too early to say what could be his best surface whereby TOP PRIORITY will do for me, with connections probably fearing KERROW and YOUNG DILLON more than most.
Favourite factor: Last year's inaugural 15/8 favourite finished out of the frame.
3.20: Seven time winner DISCAY deserves to get his head in front and with trainer Dr Richard Newland in fine form (two of his last three runners have won), Sam Twiston-Davies is set to ride another winner from my viewpoint. Out of interest, Richard's other runner Top Cat Henry ran a really good race as an 18/1 chance in a hot race at Aintree on Friday. Sir Pitt's form in non-existent of late, whereby MIDNIGHT CHORISTER is nominated ahead of COOZAN GEORGE as the dangers to the selection in this disappointing four runner 'win only' contest.
Favourite factor: This is a new race on the Market Rasen card.
3.55: The represented trainers 'boasted' aggregate stats of 7/86 during the last fortnight at the time of writing, whereby confidence is not at an all-time high. Accordingly, I can only offer a tentative trio against the field which consists of UNDER THE PHONE (trained by Robin Dickin who has at least saddled a winner during the relevant period) alongside the two course winners, namely RAKTIMAN and CALIN DU BRIZAIS.
Favourite factor: This is another new event on the programme.
Market Rasen record of course winners in the fourth contest:
1/2--Calin Du Brizais
4.30: The bottom two horses in the handicap look set to struggle from a win perspective as all five contests have been secured by horses carrying a minimum burden of 10-11, whilst three gold medallists carried 11-2 or more. The pick of the horses racing from the 'superior' section of the weights will hopefully prove to be QUIETO SOL, ALBERTA and PASS MUSTER. That said, FRED LE MACON would have been in the list but for a ten pound claimer in the plate who relegates Alan King's representative into the mire as far as weight trends are concerned. That ten pounds of course could actually give 'Fred' a chance via the form book, if we conveniently ignore past results.
Favourite factor: Only two of the seven favourites have claimed toteplacepot positions via five renewals, having gained gold and bronze medals thus far.
5.00: EXPRESS DU BERLAIS is another Richard Newland runner on the card with genuine claims, whilst FINE PARCHMENT and LILY LITTLE LEGS complete my trio against the other four contenders. The latter named pair will be saddled by Charlie Mann and Mike Sowersby, two trainers that have also been saddling winners (plural) of late. My confidence in EXPRESS DU BERLAIS would soar if good ground was reported before flag fall.
Favourite factor: The toteplacepot finale is another new race on the card.
Market Rasen record of course winners in the sixth race:
2/5--Ultimatum Du Roy
Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Market Rasen card on Sunday:
4--Alan King (3/18 at Market Rasen this season)
4--Jonjo O'Neill (2/29)
4--Dan Skelton (7/30)
4--Sue Smith (4/13)
3--Robert Alan Hennessy (--)
3--Graeme McPherson (0/7)
3--Dr Richard Newland (2/11)
3--Mike Sowersby (0/15)
2--Alex Hales (0/11)
2--Patrick Holmes (--)
2--Malcolm Jefferson (5/16)
2--Phil Kirby (1/7)
2--Charlie Longsdon (3/21)
2--Peter Niven (1/9)
2--Ben Pauling (1/10)
2--Alan Swinbank (1/2)
+ 20 different trainers who each saddle just one runner on the card
64 declared runners