I was very disappointed with Goosen Maverick’s run earlier on. There seemed to be a few quid around for him in the morning, but he drifted on course and he was ridden accordingly by David Noonan. He was allowed drop back through the field after starting in a prominent position, and though he did pass a couple in the closing stages he never got close to landing a blow. I still believe he is a horse with ability, and maybe further will suit.
|Bowie has an excellent record at Market Rasen.
Hopefully Wednesday’s 20/1 each way selection can put up a better showing in the lucky last at Market Rasen. Bowie races off a mark of 114 for Nick Kent, and promising claimer Ross Turner takes off a very useful 5lb. He has ridden 5 winners before, including one around here. Bowie, a 10yo son of Pelder, has been a fun horse for Nick Kent and he has won 2 and been placed on 8 of his 17 starts over timber.
He returned to action after his summer break at Uttoxeter (23.5f gd/sft) and he was pulled up. It was the same story at Towcester next time, this time in a novice chase, but he showed definite signs of returning to form last time over today’s course and distance. He was 5th beaten 21L off a mark of 118, and the handicapper has generously dropped him to 114 after that run.
The last time he got to race off that mark was around here back in 2014 and he made no mistake, winning a class 3 handicap hurdle by 1.5L. His two career wins have come at Market Rasen, and his form figures here read 52341341234. He has run well on ground ranging from soft to good, so today’s underfoot conditions will be no problem.
He admittedly does have quite a bit to find with the top weight Isaac Bell on his last run here, 17L to be exact. However, he was conceding 4lb to that rival last time whereas now, with Turner’s claim, he is in receipt of 6lb. That is a 10lb turnaround, and Bowie should appreciate the soft ground more than that rival.
Unexposed 4yo fav Nietzsche is the big danger, and he could be the one to beat given all his allowances. However, Bowie loves the track, he won’t mind the ground and he is back down to his last winning mark. I think 20/1 is too big and, at those sort of odds, he has to be worth a small interest each way.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: 3.45 MARKET RASEN: BOWIE E/W 20/1