Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Saturday including King of the Night in the Market Rasen 2.50. Compare odds and bet.
Despite being off the track since winning the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot Berkshire (2:00) is fancied to land the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket this afternoon.
Paul Cole’s Mount Nelson colt had Somewhat back in fourth that day and, though that rival has improved since and looks ready for this mile trip, the selection was 8 lengths ahead of him at Ascot and can confirm the form. He was available at 11/10 with Boylesports overnight.
Market Rasen stages a cracking National Hunt card, where the feature Listed handicap chase is a race fit for one of the Grade 1 tracks next month. Novices Bold Chief and Grandad’s Horse look capable of going well, but there’s a couple of potential lurkers further down the weights (also novices) who look worthy of small each-way support at decent odds.
Both are maidens over fences in fact, but look potentially well treated if things click and King Of The Night (2:50) is particularly well handicapped on his smart hurdles form. The former Paul Nicholls and Harry Fry trained nine-year-old goes well fresh and also right handed, relishes decent ground and should enjoy the strong pace on his first start for Malcolm Jefferson.
He disappointed last time, but looks worth a chance in this kind of grade off 132 and, though the fact he has reportedly bled in the past is a slight worry, I’m prepared to take a punt with Bet365 and Skybet trading at 20/1 overnight.
The other one I like is Well Regarded, who may be worth an each-way saver or even a split stakes (16/1 with Bet Victor last night). Emma Lavelle’s eight-year-old shaped well on his first two starts over fences behind Hildisvini at Huntingdon, before jumping a little sloppily in a race in which he was badly hampered at Ascot in April.
That went down as an unseated rider, but he was all but brought down and he, too, is of interest off 130, with the useful Gavin Sheehan taking off a further 3lbs. Lavelle really could do with a tonic after losing the exciting Killyglass last week and, if things fall right, he could well outrun his odds.
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