Thursday’s race of the day – Who will come out on top in Listed feature at Market Rasen?
Jon Vine takes a look through the runners in the 2020 renewal of the Listed Alan Swinbank Mares’ Flat Race and provides readers with his tips in Thursday’s race of the day on Thursday 16th January.
As part of our Daily Tips, I’ve taken a look through the runners in tomorrow’s main event at Market Rasen and tipped an Irish raider to claim top honours.
Thursday’s Race Of The Day at Market Rasen
Heavily beaten on first start at Uttoxeter, crossing the line almost 50-length behind the winner. Can’t see her getting involved.
Unbeaten in two career starts. Clocked a solid RPR of 82 on sole victory between the flags. Went off as the 11/10 favourite on debut under rules at Hereford and duly hacked up to win by five lengths. Should be a big player again.
Backed into favouritism for Listed Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, having cruised to victory on debut at Fontwell. PRogressed through the race nicely, but couldn’t find anything off the bridle and was eventually beaten by 25 lengths. Soft ground didn’t suit then. It’s even softer here.
Went into stable debut at Newbury as 6/1 shot but managed to get the win. Looked a little green when she hit the front, but did enough to secure a two-length victory. Third has come out and won well since, so was clearly a decent race. Gains weight on older rivals too.
Point-to-point winner over two miles. Finished fourth on debut under rules at Catterick. Ran better at Hereford, but was still well beaten by Hollymount Holly. Has plenty to find.
Willie Mullins’ first ever runner here at Market Rasen. Unraced daughter of Canford Cliffs. Closely related to 117-rated flat-racer Salouen and 130-rated hurdler Nessun Dorma – also with Mullins. Being four, she gains weight on older rivals. Trainer’s high profile could make up for lack of experience.
Failed to win in four career starts. Finished fourth and second in Aintree bumpers either side of summer break. Placed sixth in Listed contest at Cheltenham, crossing line 12-lengths behind the winner. HArd to make a case.
The Getaway Star
Second Irish raider in the field. Comfortably won first flat appearance at Fairyhouse last April, and beat a useful yardstick in Willie Mullins’ Getaway Gorgeous at Cork on reappearance. Beaten out of sight on latest start in Listed race, but that wasn’t a true reflection of her ability and she has the quality to get involved.
White Hart Lady
Another who comes into this on the back of a terrible run, having been beaten by 82-lengths when the 11/8 favourite for a Listed bumper at Huntingdon. Had beaten Roseisaroseisarose by four lengths on previous starts and if much better than previous run suggests.
All eyes will be on Willie Mullins’ Panic Attack here, and she’s clearly been showing plenty on the gallops to warrant a debut in Listed company. I, however, would rather side with a more experienced sort and, while I think Hollymount Holly is overpriced, I’m going to side with THE GETAWAY STAR (11/2 bet365).
Declan Queally’s raider won really well on her first start over two-and-a-half miles last season and handled heavy ground well when beating a Willie Mullins’ runner on her second start under rules.
Considering she was one of the market leader before the off, The Getaway Star’s performance in the Listed Flat Race at Navan in November was too bad to be true and she’s had 50 days to record from that flop. Declan’s son, Tom Queally takes the ride and he will be desperate to ride a big winner for his Dad on Thursday.