Market Rasen Expert Eye: Three handicappers to back on Thursday November 18

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Go Chique (12.52 Market Rasen)

Heronord (14.22 Market Rasen)

Matewan (14.55 Market Rasen)

Course characteristics

Right-handed oval, sharp and somewhat undulating. Circuit 1m2f. Generally favours nippy types with plenty of races won by horses that quicken best on the run to the first obstacle in the home straight.

Top trainers with runners

Olly Murphy has sent out 40 (201 runners, 20%) winners here from his Warwickshire base over the past five seasons - a tally only bettered by Dan Skelton (not represented this afternoon) - and he has two chances: World Trip (12.52) and Urban Grit (15.25).

Fergal O'Brien is 26-130 (20%) over the same period and is 6-22 (27%) in the current season. His two runners - Campden Lad and Sister Michael - are both running in the closing bumper (15.25).

Top jockeys with rides

Aidan Coleman has booted home 35 winners at the track from 148 rides, giving him a very healthy strike rate of 24%. He's on board a couple: The Cincinnati Kid (14.55) and Urban Grit (15.25).

Sean Bowen has been making hay in the current season with six of his 14 rides (43%) ending up in the winners' enclosure, so his two mounts - Infiniti (14.55) and Barest Of Margins (15.25) - are interesting on that stat alone.

Jockey Sean Bowen has been riding plenty of Market Rasen winners

12.52 Market Rasen - Go Chique

Nicky Henderson's mare might appear to have a stiff task off top weight in this 2m7f handicap against her own sex, but there are good reasons for thinking she can make her class tell against inferior rivals.

For one, her burden is being eased 7lb by her conditional rider, Ben Ffrench Davis, who has scored on three of his 11 rides for the stable, and she's also going to strip fitter for her comeback run at Ascot in October over an inadequate trip and on ground too soft for her.

As a sister to a useful staying handicap chaser, she's always going to need a stamina test to show her true worth, and she duly got off the mark over hurdles when trying 3m for the first time at Southwell in April, clearly relishing the good ground on that occasion.

She faces similar conditions this afternoon and given she's still open to further improvement at the age of five and with just six hurdle runs under her belt, she's going to take plenty of beating.

Of her rivals, World Trip is feared most as she was in good form when last seen out in the spring, although she's now 13lb higher than when scoring at Perth in April and was subsequently beaten at odds-on off her revised mark.

14.22 Market Rasen - Heronord

Unlucky losers tend to be over bet on their next starts and that will almost certainly apply to Evan Williams' four-year-old, but he does look the most likely winner of this 2m1f handicap chase.

Having shown some promise over hurdles in Ireland, he was snapped up by his current connections for £17,000 and they should have enjoyed an immediate return on their investment, so well was he travelling when slipping and unseating his rider three out at Taunton on his British / chase debut just seven days ago.

He'd jumped soundly in the main up to that point and, judged on that effort, he's on a fair mark of 108, so it'll be disappointing if he can't take advantage against today's rivals, none of which can be fancied on recent efforts.

Both Shiroccan Roll and Go As You Please were soundly beaten last time out and are sporting first-time headgear, which needs to work if they are to trouble the selection.

Above Suspicion jumped left and made mistakes on his reappearance at Huntingdon last month, so a bigger threat may come from Lucky Robin, who is at least well treated on his return to chasing.

14.55 Market Rasen - Matewan

It could be worth giving Suzy Best's six-year-old another chance on just his second handicap start, as he's surely better than he showed on his handicap bow at Worcester in September.

He was beaten 43 lengths on that occasion and that was disappointing as he'd previously finished a promising third over the same course and distance, having filled the same spot on his hurdles debut at Uttoxeter in July after a long break.

Those efforts were more what was expected of the 79-rated Flat performer, who won three times in that sphere at trips around 1m4f, and a hurdles mark of 100 is surely one he can win off if translating that form over.

Good ground might the key to that and, if the weather forecast is correct, he will have his ideal conditions this afternoon, while he's also being reunited with Daryl Jacob, who was on board for his first couple of runs over hurdles.

It looks a very winnable race as none of his rivals have shown much of late, with the exception of Taqwaa, whose latest fourth at Stratford in October showed that some ability remains, and his hurdles mark is very workable based on his old Flat ability.

Blue Collar Glory is sporting a first-time tongue-tie and that might help the Worcester bumper winner step forward from three uninspiring efforts over hurdles so far.

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