Hit the bookies with this trio of runners over jumps
Market Rasen and Wincanton are sharing jumps duties this Sunday afternoon and the best bet at the former track looks to be KNIGHT BACHELOR in the 2m4f handicap hurdle (due off 2.50pm).
The Warren Greatrex-trained five-year-old has hinted at ability in all three of his hurdle starts, having won a bumper here in good style on his racecourse debut, and he could step up again now he goes handicapping off what looks a generous mark of 105.
The son of Midnight Legend has faced some stiff tasks so far over hurdles, including the last twice in races at Doncaster and Catterick, which were won by Cardinal Walter, who is now rated 142, and Definitely Red, a subsequent Grade 2 winner. He faces nothing of that calibre here and with the stable continuing in great form, he looks sure to go well.
It often pays to follow a filly or mare in form and Henry Oliver has GRIMLEY GIRL in the form of her life. The nine-year-old mare has not been out of the first two in her last five starts, winning twice, and she was most impressive when winning over track and trip last time. The handicapper has bumped her up another 5lb but that may not be enough to stop her following up in the 2m1f mares’ handicap hurdle at Market Rasen (3.35pm).
Trainer Dan Skelton can do little wrong right now and he looks to have found a nice opening for his IF IT BE YOUR WILL to get off the mark over fences. The five-year-old is by far the least exposed runner in the field for the 2m4f handicap chase (4.10pm) at the Lincolnshire track and the step up in trip could be just what he needs, after his staying on third over 2m at Stratford earlier this month.
That was a big step up on what he’d shown in three races over hurdles and, having shown a liking for the larger obstacles, he should be able to capitalise on what looks a generous handicap mark of 96. His trainer’s last nine runners have finished 121323151 so to say the stable is flying would be an understatement.