Our resident website tipster Dave Nevison likes three contenders at Market Rasen and Taunton in his first column of a new week. Enjoy all the action live on Racing TV.
1.15 Market Rasen: Escobedo
He may be the value in this handicap with the dead eight runners.
Escobedo didn’t make it for Richard Hannon on the Flat and has been ridden by four different jockeys in four runs over hurdles, but showed a bit last time out and the 6lb that young Bradley Harris claims - plus a 2lb drop in the handicap - look to give him his best chance of winning a race as yet. Harris is a conditional jockey I have in my notebook and I am certain he will make the grade on what I have seen so far.
Escobedo is bred to stay and, if he is fit and fresh after a 10-week break, I think he can go close. Obviously the stable are not afraid of backing one in so a market positive should be noted.
Of the rest, top-weight Barrier Peaks has gone up 20lbs for his two wins - a serious rise - and runs against other promising types here. I am also loath to go against a Freddie Gingell-ridden Paul Nicholls runner, but Dancingontheedge is beginning to be a disappointment and may be a little tripless to boot so I am reluctantly passing over.
2.15 Market Rasen: Lipa K
I think sooner or later his connections are going to get an opportunity to get a chunk of their investment back.
Lipa K went off at 150/1 last time despite being an unbeaten bumper winner who had been purchased for £75,000 to come over from Ireland last year. Perhaps it was the heavy ground, but Adam Wedge kept him wide throughout at Leicester and definitely didn’t seem keen to knock this horse about on his third run over hurdles.
He certainly didn’t look as though he would be a 100-rated horse when landing a gamble winning on his sole bumper at Killarney last May while the race at Leicester race was stronger than it might have looked beforehand.
This is much less competitive and, with the ground likely to match the decent surface that he won off in Ireland, I think a good run looks very likely here.
5.00 Taunton: Fame And Fun
He should possibly be on a hat-trick, and I certainly was pretty much chalking him up a winner as he moved alongside the eventual scorer two-out at Wincanton last week.
That was as far as he got with young Freddie Gingell hitting the deck at that late stage and, while it is no criticism of the rider, Harry Cobden takes over now in a similar grade and from the same mark.
Although this is a decent-sized field, it only looks as though Fame And Fun has the penalised Issar D’Airy to beat in order to make amends.
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