The going at Market Rasen for Sunday at the time of writing is good, and they are watering to maintain.
First up at 2.45.pm, is Royal Village in a 0-120 handicap chase over the extended two miles and seven furlongs, where he will once again have the assistance of Emma Smith-Chaston. Royal Village has lost his way, and has been pulled up in each of his last three starts, including here at Market Rasen last time. He drops down in class to a Grade 4, and his mark is now 15lb lower than his last winning rating.
Mac Suibhne was a winner on stable debut for us at Market Rasen at the beginning of July, and then finished a slightly unlucky fourth at Worcester 17 days ago, when finding himself short of room when trying to make headway four out. Both of those races were over two and a half miles so we will have to wait and see if the extra three furlongs now will bring about further improvement, from a 6lb higher mark. The race is at 3.20.pm, and is a 0-110 novices handicap hurdle over two miles and seven furlongs, with Emma Smith-Chaston retaining the ride.
Brickadank returns from his summer holidays to contest the 3.50,pm a 0-100 handicap hurdle over the extended two miles and two furlongs, where he will be partnered by Becky Smith on his first start since March. Brickadank remains a maiden over hurdles after 16 attempts, but he has been placed from higher marks than now on four occasions, so a repeat of any of those efforts would see him go close.
Our final runner of the day is Wisteriarose who goes in the bumper over the extended two miles at 4.50.pm, with Jack Hogan riding her for the first time. Westeriarose makes a quick reappearance just nine days after finishing well down the field in a better class event at Uttoxeter, that was her first start in 17 months so she is entitled to strip fitter this time. The eye catching run of her three starts to date was her second run at Wetherby in February 2021 when she was second at Wetherby, and if she can build on that she will be in the shake up.
Good luck to the connections, The Cheltenham Trail, Phil Ellerby, A & S Associates, and Mrs Jane Newett.