15:45 Market Rasen Thu 14 March 2019
- Davy Russell Festival Blog At starsportsbet.co.uk Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (Class 5)
- 2m 4f 139y, Good to Soft (Good in places)
- 6 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Has been beaten by more than 30L in each of his hurdles starts in novice and maiden company. As a 65-rated Flat handicapper he should be capable of showing now handicapping off this mark and the longer trip may help also.
Had looked the sort to improve when handicapping (especially with this yard) but that didn't prove the case back in the summer. Assessor has offered some assistance back from the break and too soon to discount him.
Pulled up on handicap debut at Stratford (2m½f, good) in October and off since. Trainer has two in this line-up and looks second choice on riding arrangements.
Responded to headgear last time in a Taunton seller and a different combination employed here. This longer trip looked as though it would assist further so has to enter calculations off a lower mark.
Back to form at Huntingdon in similar company last time under this rider. Up 4lb and has run well off higher but an overall record of 1-27 tempers enthusiasm.
Has been supported on last four starts in similar company and has run well without delivering. This looks a bit easier though and rider is a highly experienced conditional.
Last Year's Winner
Bertie Blake (13/8), Coisa Blanco (2/1), Indian Reel (9/2), No Alarm (11/2), Kahaleesi (18/1), Arboretum (25/1), Sharp Reply (33/1)
- Bertie Blake
- Indian Reel
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