Market Rasen Expert Eye: Three horses to back on Thursday December 2

We've cast our 'expert' eye over Thursday's action at Market Rasen and spotted three bets well worth considering, a couple at each-way prices.

Scroll down for the reasons behind our picks or jump straight to Planet Sport Bet by clicking on the horse's names below.


Foxinthebox (13.22 Market Rasen)

Gumbo Flyer each-way (13.52 Market Rasen)

Clondaw Bistro each-way (14.22 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

The bang-in-form Olly Murphy has sent out 40 winners from 203 runners (20%) here over the last five seasons and he has four chances to add to that impressive tally: Tease And Seize (12.52), Foxinthebox (13.22), Dubai Guest (14.22) and Strong Glance (14.45).

Top jockeys with rides

Aidan Coleman has steered home 35 winners from 150 rides (23%) over the same period and he's here for just one horse - Olly Murphy's Foxinthebox.

Aidan Coleman is at Market Rasen for just one ride

13.22 Market Rasen - Foxinthebox

Olly Murphy's five-year-old faced quite a tough introduction to hurdles at Warwick last month, when finishing fourth in what looked an above average novices' hurdle won by Blue Stello in the Stewards' Room.

The first three home on that occasion are all useful sorts and the selection, who was in the process of running a big race until a mistake at the third last put him on the back foot, should come on for that experience.

Runner-up on both his previous starts, including when just pipped in an Aintree bumper on his stable debut in May, he will also appreciate today's stiffer test being a half-brother to a 2m4f hurdles winner.

Moreover, his stable continues to churn out winners on a regular basis, with a near 1-3 strike rate in the last fortnight, and he will again have the services of Aidan Coleman, who has a very respectable strike rate of 22% (97-446) for the yard over the past five seasons.

This modest class 4 contest won't take much winning, although Bay Ben, runner-up in a Newcastle bumper when last seen out in January, and Lounge Lizard, who wasn't disgraced in fourth behind Gelino Bello on his hurdles debut at Aintree in October, have to be respected.

13.52 Market Rasen - Gumbo Flyer each-way

There are horses with better recent form claims in this modest class 5 handicap chase than Paul Webber's five-year-old, but he could be worth chancing and especially if the market speaks in his favour.

His hurdles form figures of 68778 don't inspire, admittedly, but he has some good bumper form to his name, including when finishing a three-lengths runner-up to the now 132-rated Martinhal on his Rules debut at Huntingdon in March 2020.

He still looked green when finishing third in another Huntingdon bumper in October of last year and, being out of a half-sister to some winning jumpers, he surely has a future at this game.

Having looked a bit slow over the smaller obstacles, the switch to fences could be what he needs to fulfil his potential and, in which case an opening handicap mark of 90 could prove generous.

That his connections are fitting him witth blinkers for the first time and have booked Gavin Sheehan to do the steering, are other potential positives and this race looks very winnable.

Of his 12 rivals, Newberry New is on a good mark and has to be respected on his first outing for Harriet Bethell, although his four chase wins have all come at left-handed tracks.

A bigger threat may come from Begoodtoyourself who has notched three consecutive second-place finishes and clearly has a race in him, although he's now 0-18 under Rules.

14.22 Market Rasen - Clondaw Bistro each-way

Suzy Smith's gelding has hardly been prolific under Rules, as his 2-24 record shows, but he's certainly handicapped to win again and is dropping into a class 5 contest for the first time, having been campaigned at a higher level.

His sole chase win from 10 outings is not too distant a memory either, that coming at Fakenham in January, and he can race off a 2lb lower rating this afternoon, with his bang-in-form conditional rider Thomas Doggrell reducing his burden by a further 7lb.

Doggrell is making the most of his opportunities this season with five winners to show from his 25 rides and he has scored on two of his three rides in the last fortnight at good prices (11/2 and 12/1).

The betting will tell us whether the ten-year-old is fit enough to do himself justice on his first run back for 637 days, but he has gone well fresh in the past and his small West Sussex-based stable has a fair record at the track, with eight winners to show from 48 runners (17%) over the past five seasons for a £37.00 profit to £1 level-stakes.

Olly Murphy's Dubai Guest, the only last-time-out winner in the field and raised 8lb for what was a wide-margin success at Fakenham, has to be greatly feared and is deserving of favouritism.

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