We have two runners at Market Rasen on Friday, where the going on the chase course at the time of writing is soft, good to soft in places, we also have one runner at Southwell on their new Tapeta surface, which is currently riding standard to slow,
Our runner at Southwell is Walkonby in a 0-55 handicap over one mile and three furlongs, with our stable apprentice jockey Aiden Brookes retaining the ride. Walkonby continues to struggle to find her form which has seen her mark drop from a high of 77 to her current rating of 52. Walkonby probably didn't see out the extended 12 furlongs at Newcastle eight days ago, so this step back in trip will help, but she has to prove she hasn't fallen out of love with racing.
Over at Market Rasen Getaway Jewel has his second start over fences at 1.0.pm, in a 0-105 novices handicap chase with Conor O'Farrell on board for the first time. As a hurdler Getaway Jewel got off the mark at Sedgefield in April of last year, and was placed on a further four occasions proving himself a model of consistency, but leaving himself with little room to manoeuver from his handicap mark. He made his chase debut at Catterick 24 days ago when finishing a disappointing fourth, but with that initial experience behind him he should be more competitive this time.
Our other runner at Market Rasen is Who's The Guv'Nor who has his second start over fences at 3.45.pm, in the extended two miles and five furlongs 0-15 handicap chase with Conor O'Farrell riding him for the first time. Who's The Guv'Nor's current mark of 103 looks attractive when put in to context with the best of his hurdles form achieved here at Market Rasen, when finishing second in May of last year. Who's The Guv'Nor has had breathing problems which have held his progress up, which include his latest run at Huntingdon last November when pulling up, and making a respiratory noise.
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Good luck to the connections, Cheltenham Trail & Cleeve Racing Club, Phil Ellerby, and Mr & Mrs I P Earnshaw.