The final jump meeting at Market Rasen for the best part of two weeks at Market Rasen this afternoon but we start at Chester where the ground was described as good to soft on Saturday morning.
There is a fascinating 7f juvenile Novice Stakes with a number of top yards represented and the draw has been kind to those with the best form in the book.
Frankness is a daughter of Frankel out of a sister to the 10f Group 1 winner Arabian Queen and she shaped with considerable promise at Newmarket on debut when third beaten less than a length. She is drawn in stall two but inside her is ENDEARED and he is taken to make it third time lucky for James Fanshawe.
The selection travelled like a dream at Doncaster when second over 6f last time and he looks sure to appreciate the return to today’s trip having ran another excellent race on Town Moor on debut last month.
The Dark Angel colt is out of a Frankel mare and holds an entry in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster in September. He might have too pace toe for Frankness around these tight turns although it is not a two-horse race with Perfect Play and Utilis also likely to be winning races sooner rather than later.
Recommendation: Endeared at 7/4
Heart Of Soul is having his 33rd race on turf and his 25th at Chester for owner Marwan Koukash. He gets on well with Harry Davies but me two against the field are Enthused and THE NU FORM WAY with marginal preference for the latter.
Enthused is only 3lbs higher than when scoring at Windsor last time in first time cheekpieces and the aid is applied again this afternoon. Drawn in stall three Joseph Parr’s lightly raced 5-y-old enjoys a bit of cut and has now won three of his nine career starts.
Twice the price of Enthused is The Nu Form Way who has his first start for Stella Barclay having left Hugo Palmer since failing to stay at Haydock over an additional quarter of a mile last time. The each way recommendation won a couple on soft ground last autumn and he will appreciate any of the forecast overnight rain.
The gelding has a decent in draw in stall two – although at this time of the season on rain-softened ground the draw is as not as significant as in the spring – and I like the booking of Hollie Doyle.
Recommendation: The Nu Form Way EW at 12/1 with William Hill 4 places
2.45 Market Rasen
Looking back at the hurdle runs of Kinondo Kwetu he did seem to lug left – certainly at Newcastle on his penultimate start – and I am slightly surprised to see this dual winning pointer race right-handed on his chase debut.
Eight go to post and the each way vote goes to RAILWAY MUICE who has won two of his four starts at the track and will be ridden by a talented conditional who takes off a valuable 7lbs. The jockey has only won one of his thirteen chase starts but he gave Master Sunrise a cracking ride from the front at Uttoxeter on Sunday and I will be disappointed if he doesn’t go close for Sarah Humphrey who has had three winners from ten runners so far this jumps season.
Recommendation: Railway Muice EW at 6/1 with William Hill