Graeme Johnston previews Saturday’s racing offering his best bets!
2:05 Market Rasen – 188BET Summer Hurdle
The 188bet Summer Hurdle sees a field of 13 line up and it looks a decent race. There are plenty of young up and coming hurdlers in the field but I’m backing one who has been there and done it who also has some great course form to his name.
Hassle is one of the most experienced runners in the field however at age nine he is still as good as ever. He mixes it over both codes and was last seen at Royal Ascot but he will be much more at home here. He has never won off a mark this high however I believe he can put that right today.
He loves this track and has won his last two races here. He’s also at his best on a good surface so there are a lot of positives for him today. Add this in to the fact his stable is in exceptional form, with an 83% strike rate in the past two weeks and I make him a solid each way selection for this.
The 188bet Summer Plate is the highlight of the card and looks fiercely competitive. Plenty hold chances and the market reflects this with the betting at 6/1 the field, but there is one returning to the larger obstacles after a stint hurdling who appeals to me.
Calett Mad is only six but he has quite a bit of experience to his name. He’s spent the last year and a bit running over hurdles and returns to the Chase game on a potentially dangerous mark. He won four of his seven hurdles races and he’s kept better company than this in the past so he really interests me here.
He stays well and appreciates good ground so will be staying on best of all in this field. In a race that’s usually run at a good clip he has a jockey in Daryl Jacob who excels at creeping in to races and playing his cards late. In my opinion he’s the best horse in the field and is well worth an each way investment.
The Irish Oaks has attracted a pretty small field, however of the seven who line up three are very high class and it should produce a very good winner.
The market looks to have the race right and I think the favourite will be too good here. Magic Wand was third in the Epsom Oaks and has to reverse form with the winner, but I’m incredibly confident she will.
She has 2 wins to her name, both on quicker surfaces and that seems to be key to her. She won the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot in great style, where she reversed Oaks form with the second placed runner emphatically. She is a straightforward filly and the fact she is comfortable from the front is a huge advantage in a small field. I expect her to gain her first group one success here.
Graeme Johnston’s Best Bets
2:05pm Market Rasen – Hassle
3:15pm Market Rasen – Callet Mad
5:30 Curragh – Magic Wand