The weekend is here and although it hasn’t been the best week for selections, I’ve found five betting tips for you, all from the Saturday evening card at Market Rasen, where there’s some fairly decent Jumps action happening. I’ve combined them all into a Lucky 31 and hopefully they will bring us a nice return and we can get back on track.
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There is some really great Jumps action at Market Rasen on Saturday evening and I’m feeling confident with my selections here. I’ll be playing them as singles and combining all five into a Lucky 31 as well.
In the opener, we have quite a competitive race and Book Of Secrets sets a pretty high standard, but he has to give a fair bit of weight away to this field and I think that may be his undoing.
My preference here is the Jonjo O’Neill-trained All The Glory, who is a nice mare and won going away at Hexham last time out. That was back in May, so she will need to be fit and ready to go on her first run since then, but she was quite visually impressive that day.
She is a nice traveller and showed a good turn of foot to win her last race, so I can see her tracking Book Of Secrets all the way round, then picking him off in the final furlong or so. Based on the assumption that she is ready to improve again, I’m certain she is the one to side with here.
My next betting tip comes in this highly-competitive Handicap Chase, where top weight, First Revolution, sets a very high standard. He won comfortably at Hexham last time out and everything is in his favour once again, aside from having to give weight all round. He comes into this race in good form and is very likely to give a good account of himself again, provided the rain keeps off.
Another interesting contender is Ensel Du Perche, who is on a hat trick bid and still looks relatively well-Handicapped based on what we’ve seen of him this season. However, I think the time is right to take a chance on Going Mobile, who is back down to a winnable mark after a break and has already beaten the two horses I’ve already mentioned. Even though we haven’t necessarily seen the best of him just lately, he will prefer it back here at Market Rasen and we could well see him getting back to some of his previous form.
His jumping is his best asset and as he likes to be ridden prominently. I imagine he will go from the front again and once he gets out there, he’ll take some beating. He’s going to need to be ready first time out after a break, but I think some time off will have freshened him up and gives him a great chance of outrunning his odds.
My best betting tip of the day comes in this 2m 5f Handicap Chase. There aren’t too many in here with much form on offer, so I think the lightly-raced Happy La Vie is in with a very good chance. He is very likeable type and at just six years old, he comes here still very much unexposed.
He was runner up on his seasonal debut, then took a step forward to make all over 3 miles at Hexham next time out, so I imagine he will try the same again here. He is a very good jumper and the drop back in trip won’t harm his chances at all, which makes him very hard to oppose here.
In this 3-mile Handicap Hurdle there are some nicely-profiled runners in the lineup and it could become a slightly tactical affair. The first horse to mention is Clear The Runway, whose campaign I don’t really understand at the minute. He has won five time over 2 miles on good ground, but connections seem persistent with trying him over these longer trips, which simply hasn’t worked. However, he is one to take note of when should he drop back to 2 miles again in the future.
Oslo is very interesting for Fergal O’Brien as he tries a Stayers’ trip for the first time and he has Paddy Brennan on board, so market support may guide his chances, but I think he is probably best left alone and just watched on this occasion.
The one I’m going to side with, is his in-form stablemate, AJP Kingdom. who is on for a four-timer, having won going away at Uttoxeter in June, despite carrying a double penalty. It was hugely impressive and provided he remains in the same form here, then he is going to be a tough one to beat.
It must be said that the final race of the day is a little poor and if you go through some of the form here, there are a lot of weak finishers. However, I have found one that I think will go well back at Market Rasen, which is Embolden. He ran really well in his two previous races here and is likely to finish better than most in this field.
His best three efforts in recent times, including a win at Plumpton, have all been with Bradley Roberts in the saddle and he is back on board on Saturday. If he can get the same tune out of Embolden again, then there is no reason why he won’t go close.
After a six-week break, Embolden is sure to be fresh and ready to go. He travels strongly, finishes well and has more promising credentials than most in this field, so I think he brings us a big chance here.
17:30 All The Glory @ 2/1
18:00 Going Mobile @ 14/1
19:00 Happy La Vie @ 6/4
19:30 AJP Kingdom @ 5/4
20:00 Embolden @ 16/1
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