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Martator was ridden differently today, which was well off the pace. His jumping was sticky at the majority of fences and that didn't help him when he tried to stay on late in the final furlong which saw him finish 3rd. Lunar Discovery was giving away a lot of weight to the winner but when she hit full stride I thought she was going to go past the eventual winner, but she didn't quite manage it.
In other news in horse racing, we saw Caldwell Potter get sold for 740,000 Euros at Tattersalls Ireland. I think that is ridiculous to pay for a gelding. Obviously, the horse is still very well unexposed and looks a very nice prospect for the future, but for a horse which can't reproduce and prize money is not very high unless you plunder some big pots and multiple Grade 1s, that sum of money is never going to be recouped. Obviously, the owners are wedged and have plenty of money to spend and it's a bit of fun for them, but still. Let me know your opinion on the sale, and any of the other Caldwell horses which were sold for big amounts.
Market Rasen 2:05 – Emailandy 11/10 (1pt, Bet365)
There's a Listed Mares bumper race later on the card, with a couple of potential nice types but it's not a betting race for me with so many unknowns. My only bet of the day is a short-priced one with Emailandy who is the sole runner at the track for Paul Nicholls in this novice hurdle race over the extended 2m 4f.
I do think this race is between my fancy and the newly recruited Fergal O'Brien horse, Moon D'Orange. I just think my selection has more to give and is slightly more unexposed than the Fergal horse as he has only had three runs over hurdles and he has shaped well on every run with the form stacking up nicely in comparison to the others in the race. I'm more than happy to think he is better than what he showed at Kempton last time out. The winner looks like a decent horse, but at a front running track and the winner got an easy lead of 6L+ for the entire race, it was set up nicely for him and was always going to be a tough assignment for Emailandy to catch him, but he stayed on well that day and his runs prior to that at Plumpton and Newbury shows the level of horse he can be.
The form of the Plumpton win has turned out to be decent as the runner-up, who was 9L behind, has since won a race and finished 3rd in a decent Class 3 handicap at Kempton. The Newbury run which saw Emailandy finish 3rd behind Jingko Blue and Masaccio is rock-solid form, as the winner returned after a small break at the weekend just gone by demolishing a decent Class 3 handicap at Sandown, recording an RPR of 137. Masaccio had previously beat a decent horse at Chepstow, was placed at Listed level in bumpers and ran a creditable race to finish 5th/9 in the Grade 1 Challow which was won by Captain Teague.
I do think Sao Carlos will appreciate the step up in trip, but his jumping hasn't been accurate enough against lower level opposition, so today's better horses will be too strong for him, even though I think he'll be staying on all the time.
Market Rasen - 2:05 pm