Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Saturday; 2:55 Market Rasen: War Singer and 3:45 Ripon: Fersah. Compare odds and bet.
It’s the biggest day in the domestic summer jumps calendar at Market Rasen on Saturday, with the Lincolnshire track staging the Summer Plate and Summer Hurdle, with both contests really well contested as usual.
Despite disappointing on the Flat at York five weeks ago (did slip on the home bend) War Singer (2:55) is given another chance on his return to hurdling, as he races off the same mark as when fourth in a warm event at Ascot in November.
Beaten just over 2 lengths by Raya Star that day, the six-year-old won the charity race at Aintree on Grand National day and remains relatively unexposed over hurdles. Given his low weight, Tom Scudamore’s mount looks worthy of each-way support at double-figure odds (10/1 with Bet365) overnight.
Course specialist and last year’s winner Local Hero is respected, despite top-weight, and can also be expected to go well at a similar price (11/1 with Coral overnight).
Elsewhere, the in-form William Haggas is fancied to land a second successive Ripon Bell-Ringer Handicap with Fersah (3:45) who travelled like much the best filly at Doncaster last time, before being worn down late on by a more experienced mare.
The Dynaformer filly had earlier looked useful when winning at Leicester on her second start, before finishing second last in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot. That contest probably came too early in her career and, hopefully, she can get back on track this afternoon before going back up in class.
Over at the Curragh, it’s Irish Oaks day and the fillies’ Classic looks an absolute cracker but, looking at the prices, it is a race to watch and savour for me. Also pay close attention to the opening maiden, where the beautifully bred Australia ought to shed his maiden tag at the second time of asking. He missed the break on debut, but finished with a flourish and should be more streetwise today. He is likely to be sent off at prohibitive odds, however, and stable-mate Juniper Tree is also worth noting in the market, being the first foal of star performer Alexander Goldrun.
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Last Year’s Book Results – Leading Prospects:
- SPRINTER SACRE – Unbeaten – winner at Aintree & Cheltenham
- SIMONSIG – Winner at Aintree & Cheltenham
- CINDERS AND ASHES – 10/1 winner of Supreme Novices Hurdle
- BOBS WORTH – 9/2 winner of the RSA Chase
- MENORAH & SILVINIACO CONTI – Both Aintree Winners
- SIR DES CHAMPS – Unbeaten inc 3/1 Jewson Cheltenham Winner
- FINGAL BAY – Won 4 times inc Challow Hurdle
- RAYA STAR – 10/3 winner at Wetherby, 12/1 Ladbroke Hurdle winner, 15/2 Scottish Champion Hurdle winner
- AMBION WOOD – 14/1 EBF Final Sandown winner
- CHAMPION COURT – 6/1 G2 Dipper Novices Chase winner
- PALACE JESTER – 14/1 winner at FFos Las
- SWINCOMBE FLAME – Hat-trick winner inc Lanzarote Hurdle at 9/2
- TEAFOR THREE – 5/1 NH Cheltenham Chase winner (Manifesto Novices’ Chase)