Shadow to step into the light

  • By: Nick Robson
  • Last Updated: February 4 2014, 16:33 GMT

Nick Robson provides a tip for every race on Tuesday and fancies Jonjo O'Neill's Last Shadow at Market Rasen.

Jonjo O'Neill: Trains Last Shadow
Jonjo O'Neill: Trains Last Shadow

LINGFIELD: 1.30 Carrera, 2.00 Dubawi Light, 2.30 Litmus, 3.00 Alnoomaas, 3.30 While You Wait, 4.00 Nassau Storm, 4.30 Frederic Chopin,

MARKET RASEN: 1.20 Chebsey Beau, 1.50 Be My Present, 2.20 Maxed Out King, 2.50 LAST SHADOW (NAP), 3.20 Majorica King, 3.50 Divine Intavention, 4.20 Loose Preformer.

SOUTHWELL: 1.10 Goldmadchen, 1.40 Reach The Beach, 2.10 Grandad Mac, 2.40 Royal Encounter, 3.10 Dissent, 3.40 Mappin Time, 4.10 Deano's Devil, 4.40 Kinkohyo.

DOUBLE: Last Shadow and Chebsey Beau.

Last Shadow went into the notebook more than once last season and reappears off a lowly mark in the Whistle And Flute Barnetby Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen.

Jonjo O'Neill's five-year-old has not been seen over timber since finishing sixth in a decent handicap hurdle at Worcester in September, after which he had a run on the Flat at Carlisle a few weeks later.

Last Shadow is no mug in that sphere, but O'Neill clearly has a lot of trust that his inmate can develop into a fair hurdler.

This was evident last season when he was thrust into Grade Two company at Cheltenham on just his second jumps start.

Last Shadow has only had four tries over hurdles to date, so it is safe to assume we have not yet seen the best of him.

He also enjoys competing in testing ground, so that seems certain to come to the fore at the Lincolnshire circuit.

The JP McManus-owned gelding should make a mockery of his 110 rating if he is fully fit.

Chebsey Beau wins the vote in the Watch Racing UK On Sky Channel 432 Juvenile Maiden Hurdle.

Trainer John Quinn again has a number of smart juveniles on his hands this term, and while this one is probably not near the top of the tree, he made a perfectly satisfactory debut at Wetherby when third behind Certification and Rayak.

The four-year-old colt may have lacked the boot to go with the front two that day, but he would be unlucky to bump into similarly sharp rivals at Market Rasen.

Having started life in bumpers, he can be expected to improve significantly for that initial experience over hurdles.

The prospect of exacting conditions should not be an issue, either, as he finished an encouraging second in heavy ground on his bumper bow at Carlisle in November.

Mappin Time has never been out of the first two in four races at Southwell and returns to Nottinghamshire for the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap where he should take all the beating.

Tim Easterby's sprinter was second on his debut over five furlongs on the Fibresand and did not return for two years when he filled the same spot over an extra furlong.

It was another lengthy absence before he went back to Southwell in December, winning off 72.

A good run at Wolverhampton followed before he went in again at Southwell last time out off a 4lb higher mark.

He is up another 3lb for a narrow success but arrives in the form of his life and, racing on a surface he adores, he looks the obvious one to be on.

Bryan Smart's string are running well this winter and Kinkohyo looks on a fair mark for the 32Red.com Handicap.

The young filly got off the mark at the third attempt by a narrow margin in receipt of 5lb from a 62-rated rival, but the assessor has handed her an introductory rating of 56.

She is closely related to a Queen Mary winner so the decision to remain over the minimum trip is not a surprising one and George Challoner takes off a useful 3lb.

Royal Encounter was an expensive failure for his backers when last seen but he can recoup the losses Best Odds At bookmakers.co.uk Maiden Stakes.

His debut display did not really justify him being sent off favourite at Wolverhampton and he could only finish second to Hardy Black.

The third from the race, Jaahiez, filled the same spot at the weekend and had a horse rated 70 behind him so on a strict interpretation of that run the Wolverhampton maiden may have been above average.

The Stuart Williams-trained Frederic Chopin has caught the eye and may sneak under the radar in the 32Red.com Handicap at Lingfield.

Having his second run in handicap company and his first run over 10 furlongs he got going all too late and was only beaten half a length back in third.

With that in mind he may be ridden more prominently on this occasion and is still relatively unexposed.


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