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Green Book was well supported yesterday and went off odds-on, but was collared in the final furlong after they tried to make all the running. On the whole, you'd have to say he didn't deserve to win as his jumping was not good enough, and he did pay the consequences for that.
Market Rasen 1:52
There will be many people wanting to see NEWBERRY NEW win today, as it would be a remarkable story for racing, as it shows that miracles do happen. Harriet Bethell is the trainer of Newberry New, and this is her second runner of the season, and since August 2019 after she suffered multiple bleeds on the brain after a freak fall on the gallops. She spent six weeks in a coma and nine months in various hospitals, but has somehow miraculously made a return to training and her first runner a couple of days ago finished 2nd at odds of 66/1.
Yes it would be a lovely story if this horse was to land a win for her and the stable, but this isn't the reason why I am putting this horse up. Since Harriet's injury, this lad's handicap mark has plummeted, when he was trained by Harriet's dad, William. His Chase rating is now 96, where it was previously 107 when he last ran for Harriet, which saw him win by 18L, which put his mark up to 118. He is a very well handicapped animal, and although he isn't getting the soft/heavy ground he wants, the fact he is so well handicapped should counter the fact he isn't getting his ideal ground. Also, the yard is clearly in good form, like I previously mentioned, with the 66/1 second the other day.
The odds might be a little slimmer that I'd have hoped for, but I think people are clinging onto the same reasons as me.
Kilbrew Boy comes into this race trying win it for the 3rd year in a row, so even though he comes into it with poor form, he has to be respected as it will have been a target for him. However, I think that FINDUSATGORCOMBE offers good value, and is the biggest priced runner in the field, which seems strange.
This horse is a strong stayer, as we saw last season when he won over 3m 6f, but he definitely doesn't lack pace, as he has managed to get a win over slightly further (2m 5f). I think he could be left alone in front, which is always dangerous to do in these quite small fields, as they can be very tactical. The selection has been seen to best effect when they have gone from the front on him, so it would not be a surprise to see them revert to those tactics in a small field race like this. He has dropped down to his last winning mark of 99, and has won when fresh before, so the time off the track isn't really a concern.
Jimmy Frost has opted for Mr Martin McIntyre to take the ride in this Amateurs race, which is a positive sign. Even though his strike rate as a jockey isn't amazing, he has a lot more experience than all of the other jockeys, apart from William Biddick. Hopefully he'll be able to use his experience and nick the lead and get the horse into a nice rhythm.