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MARKET RASEN PREVIEW | The Grade 3 Summer Plate Handicap Chase

16 runners are declared in the 2m5½f Handicap Chase at Market Rasen on Saturday afternoon

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Jumps fans have an exciting contest to look forward to on Saturday afternoon, as Graded competition returns to Market Rasen in the form of the Summer Plate.

CAPTAIN TOM CAT (9/2) holds an unbeaten record over fences for Dr Richard Newland and is stepped up into Graded company for the first time here.

The six-year-old has blitzed his rivals on his three chase starts, winning by a combined total of 52 lengths.

watch: captain tom cat cruises to success at Aintree [credit: racing tv]
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He has been raised 22lbs in the rating since making his debut over fences and this is by far his toughest assignment to date.

The gelding is an extremely exciting talent however and is the one to beat in this contest.

SOLOMON GREY (6/1) sits at an intriguing mark and he could well bounce back to form for the Skelton brothers here.

The gelding parted with his rider on his last outing at Uttoxeter, but he was travelling well in the race and looked to have more in the locker before dispatching the jockey at four out.

Dan Skelton at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival
Dan Skelton sends Solomon Grey and Danse Idol to Market Rasen on Saturday

The nine-year-old has been dropped back down in trip here and he could give a better account of himself here.

Stablemate DANSE IDOL (14/1) was awarded second on her last start after being bumped by one of her rivals late on, but she will need to defy a tough mark if she is to be competitive here.

DARLING MALTAIX (15/2) proved his versatility on all ground types after storming to success at Newton Abbot last month for Paul Nicholls, while Laura Morgan’s FIRE AWAY (10/1) has been incredibly consistent over both hurdles and fences this season.

Peter Bowen sends a pair of runners to Market Rasen, with FRANKCY DU BERLAIS (10/1) snatched victory in the final stride of the Clarke Chase at Uttoxeter back in May and LORD BYRON (14/1) shrugged off his opponents in the Summer Plate Trial over C&D four weeks ago.

EXELERATOR EXPRESS (12/1) had impressed over fences before finishing a respectable sixth in the Clarke Chase for Neil Mulholland while Noel Williams’ THAT’S A GIVEN (12/1) bolted up on his last start at Newton Abbot a fortnight ago.

TOPOFTHECOTSWOLDS (12/1) will need to show some improvement after finishing 39 lengths off the pace in the bet365 Summer Cup back in June while Amy Murphy’s MERCIAN PRICE (14/1) is switched back to fences following his success over hurdles at Worcester.

PINK EYED PEDRO (14/1) still looks at a workable mark after placing in both the Topham Chase and the Clarke Chase for David Brace and Micky Hammond’s ROYAL VILLAGE (14/1) claimed a dominant C&D success here only 11 days ago.

Trainer Fergal O'Brien at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse, Bangor-on-Dee.
Templepark features for Fergal O’Brien at Market Rasen on Saturday

Fergal O’Brien’s TEMPLEPARK (16/1), Alan King’s TALKISCHEAP (20/1) and Ben Pauling’s SEBASTIAN BEACH (33/1) complete the line-up.

SELECTIONS:

  • Fire Away E/W @ 10/1
  • Pink Eyed Pedro E/W @ 14/1

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