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Lucky Loader Previews Fergal O’Brien’s Bumper Horses at Market Rasen

There might not be many runners on the card at Market Rasen this afternoon, but there could be some smart horses on show for the future. I am most looking forward to seeing the Daily Charged Up Offers At Rhino.Bet Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, as I think it could be a race where the form works out well over the next few weeks and months.

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Selection: Has Troke

Breakdance Kid was able to dictate things from the front when winning over this course and distance last time out. The handicapper gave him a 5lb rise for that success, and I think it will make things tougher for him here. Therefore, I’m going to side with Has Troke for Alex Hales. His penultimate start, when he finished second at Wincanton in December, is probably the best form on offer. That race has worked out well and produced several next-time out winners over the past few weeks. This looks to be an easier assignment compared to his previous tasks, and he can get his head in front here. Nineninenine won at Leicester earlier this month, but I think he’ll struggle to back it up.

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Selection: Roaring Legend

Roaring Legend definitely looks like the class act in this race. He stayed on very well from an unpromising position to finish second in a Listed race at Musselburgh last time out. That form is clearly head and shoulders above anything in here, and it looks like Olly Murphy has found a good opportunity to break his maiden tag over hurdles. If the four-year-old gelding does win well here, connections could be tempted to run him in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Selection: Party Vibes

Cases can be made for a couple with the likes of Ooh Betty and Jaminska, but I am going to side with Party Vibes. She showed a nice attitude when digging deep to make all at Wincanton on Boxing Day. Even though she’ll have to carry a penalty for that success, the booking of Alice Stevens cancels it out with her 5lb claim, which will certainly aid her cause. The daughter of Mahler seems to be able to handle most types of ground, and she could be hard to peg back if she gets an uncontested lead.

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Selection: Lavida Adiva

This seems to be the trickiest race to work out on the card, but I’m just going to go for Lavida Adiva. She ran really well in a warm novice event at Catterick last month and was just caught late on to finish third when running against the boys. She’s now back against her own sex, which should suit her, and I think she’s not badly treated off her current mark of 112 in this company. Golden Glance has claims, stepping back up in trip, if she can reproduce her Aintree run at Christmas, but she was disappointing at Newcastle on her latest start. It’s interesting to see connections reaching for the first-time cheekpieces, and she could be the danger if taking well to them.

Selection: Onenightintown

Onenightintown has been in decent shape over recent weeks, and he was rewarded with a win at Catterick earlier this month. The ten-year-old gelding has only been raised 2lb for that success, and he still looks to be on a manageable mark. Furthermore, Alice Stevens keeps the ride and she appears to have a good relationship with him. Cokytho could improve stepping up in trip after he was second at Market Rasen in January, but I don’t think he’s particularly well-handicapped, and I’m happy to leave him out of my thoughts for this one.

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Whenever Fergal O’Brien sends bumper horses to Market Rasen, you have to sit up and take note. He’s got a 31% strike-rate in bumpers at the track over the last five seasons, and he has unleashed some nice horses here, including the likes of Dysart Enos. In this race, he saddles Heart Over Head, who has a nice pedigree as he is a half-brother to Allaphilppe, who is a smart horse with the same connections, so I’ll probably just side with him. Ben Pauling has been in red-hot form after he landed a treble at Ascot at the weekend. He also has a good record in bumpers, and his runner, No Questions Asked, will be one to note for any market support.

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There might not be many runners on the card at Market Rasen this afternoon, but there could be some smart horses on show for the future. I am most looking forward to seeing the Daily Charged Up Offers At Rhino.Bet Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, as I think it could be a race where the form works out well over the next few weeks and months.
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