Thoughts on Market Rasen plus reflections on last week-end

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July 10

Market Rasen stage an excellent card today, and we send three runners up there, with Dino Velvet having another crack at the Summer Handicap Hurdle.

Dino Velvet was only sixth in the race 12 months ago, but there was a lot to like about his recent third back over hurdles at Southwell, so we are hoping for better this time.

Potterman and Fidux both runs in the Summer Plate. Potterman had a very successful season summer jumping last year, winning four races. But this will be his first race since last November, so he’ll improve on whatever he does here.

Fidux is twice a winner over fences, albeit in novice company, but a recent spin on the Flat – his first race since Kempton on Boxing Day last year – will have sharpened him up for this.

Reflecting on last week-end’s runners, Alan, whose Flat racers are highlighted in the Racing Post Stablefile today, said:”Scarlet Dragon, one of our Royal Ascot heroes this year, was only beaten four and a half lengths when finishing seventh in Saturday’s Old Newton Cup at Haydock. He’ll now have a break before a tilt at the Ebor at York next month.

Chicago Doll stepped up to a mile and six at Haydock and ran an excellent race to finish  a half-length second under topweight, and I am sure she still has more to offer.

“Our other Haydock runner was Duke of Condicote, who was badly hampered when making his challenge, which probably cost him third place. He was gelded which has made a lot of difference to his attitude, and he has enjoyed a great season, with his form being rock-solid. However, he’s had three quick runs, so we’ll give him a break now and bring him back later in the season.

Chatez, who seems as enthusiastic as ever, was unplaced in the Coral Challenge at Sandown, but at nine he has probably lost a bit of his old pace over the mile so might need the extra two furlongs. He is very much ground dependent, but could still be productive when he gets the right underfoot conditions come the autumn.”

Finally, our two Doncaster runners, Inchicore and Perfect Predator finished fourth and fifth respectively in the same race.

Perfect Predator, who was placed three times over hurdles last season,  had been off since February so Alan was pleased with his comeback, as he was Inchicore.

Of the latter, Alan said:”Inchcore is a beautiful Galileo filly who didn’t see a racecourse until she went to Newbury last month, finishing an encouraging fourth. She is getting there mentally and stayed on from a long way back on Town Moor to finish fourth, which for a second run was very encouraging. We’ll now look for a mile and a half fillies maiden.