THREE RUNNERS AT MARKET RASEN ON THURSDAY.
We send three runners down to the Lincolnshire track, where the going is currently good, and the good news is, there will be an audience there to watch them perform.
Our first representative is Wishful Thinking at 1.45.pm, in an extended two miles 0-105 handicap hurdle, with Alain Cawley retaining the ride. Wishful Thinking had raced on five occasions in Ireland for the Henry De Bromhead yard before joining us last autumn. He showed very little in those races, and arrived in Britain with a mark of 98. After pulling up on his stable debut last November he had wind surgery, and on his return at Wetherby in February he was far too keen in a first time hood, and once again pulled up. On his latest start at Sedgefield nine days ago, he unfortunately fell at the second. If he can learn to settle better, then his current mark of 87 may well prove lenient.
Who's The Guv'Nor has had a 10 week break since his last start at Carlisle, when he finished in the runners up spot. He goes to post at 2.20.pm, in an extended two and a half miles maiden hurdle, with Alain Cawley retaining the ride. That run at Carlisle was a big step back in the right direction as he had gone the wrong way in five previous starts, after making a very promising debut in a bumper in May 2018. He has been given an official rating of 94 based on the Carlisle second, which does seem about right. If he is to get competitive in this race, he will have to improve again, but he is very lightly raced.
High Noon is now only 1lb above his last winning mark, when comfortably coming clear by six lengths at Musselburgh in January 2020, and just as important, the good ground he won on then, could be there for him at Market Rasen as well. High Noon ran well at Fontwell in February when finishing fourth, and was also a respectable fourth over a trip too sharp at this track on his penultimate run. He never got going at Sedgefield last time, but he now has trip, track, and going in his favour. The race is at 3.30.pm, over two miles and three furlongs, it is a 0-110 handicap chase, and Connor O'Farrell rides him for the first time.
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Good luck to the connections, D H Lees & Sons Limited, Mr & Mrs I P Earnshaw, and Nick Pietrzyk And Partner.