Our resident tipster is turning to the jumps for some winners.
Having had not much luck on the flat over the weekend, I’m turning to the jumps to try and get the winners flowing again.
Fortunately today’s sole jumps card at Market Rasen does offer up a couple of decent betting opportunities and the nap is the Neil King-trained OH LAND ABLOOM when he runs in the 2m7f handicap (due off 3.15pm). The five-year-old has to give weight all round to his rivals in this 0-120 race, but he looks well up to the task and given his 120 rating you could say this good placement from his up-and-coming trainer.
The selection does have an absence of 122 days to overcome, but King is likely to have him fit enough for a race he may been targeting for a good while, considering he’s run well here on last three starts. His liking for the Lincolnshire venue began with a maiden hurdle success and he quickly followed that with a couple of seconds in novice hurdles. He shapes as though he needs a bit further, so today’s longer trip might be just what he needs to get his head back in front.
The second bet runs in the closing bumper (4.55pm) with the Peter Bowen-trained ALF ‘N’ DOR fancied to get step up considerably on his debut fifth in a similar race here in May. Sent off 2/1 favourite that day he was clearly expected to do better, but he wasn’t beaten far and may have done better had he not been hampered when keeping on a furlong out causing him to switch.
A good-looking son of Flemensfirth out of mare who has produced several winners, he’s certainly bred to make his mark in this game and he should be able to win one of these before going hurdling. His trainer does well with his runners at the track, boasting a 1-3 strike rate since 2011, and his record in bumpers here over the same period is 1-2. He has booked son Sean to do the steering and the partnership have been in great form over the last fortnight, with three winners from a handful of runners.