Saturday 22 October 2016

Dark Horse

Published 18/07/2015 | 02:30

Brian Toomey happy he's made a comeback to horse racing
Brian Toomey happy he's made a comeback to horse racing

Gran Maestro faces 16 rivals under Will Kennedy in Market Rasen's Summer Hurdle.

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He is a frustrating sort that sports a hood, a tongue strap and blinkers. That is quite a combination of aids for a horse that has tended to make fools of his jockeys in the past.

On the flip side, in his last 14 runs, he has been out of the first four just once and out of the first three just twice.

Second or third on his last three Flat starts, he was second to Brother Tedd on his latest hurdle outing at Sandown. Gran Maestro is 5lb higher now but don't be surprised if he defies odds of 11/1 to make the frame.

Lay of the Day

Ralph Beckett's Bellajeu is odds-on to justify a handicap mark of 98 in the four-runner fillies' maiden at Chester.

A £315,000 daughter of Montjeu, she should win for Jamie Spencer, having been deemed worthy of a place in the Oaks last time out. On the other hand, that hopeless task will have done nothing to bring her on, and she has now been beaten five times, so she is one to take on here.

A Little Each-way

Little Lady Katie was trading last night at up to 10/1 for the fillies' handicap at Newbury and she looks overpriced at those odds.

Karl Burke's three-year-old made all to beat a field of male rivals at Ayr last time, gamely hanging on by a short-head. She was demoted for causing interference under her apprentice rider, but it was still a fine turn. Little Lady Katie is just 2lb higher now, with the on-fire Silvestre De Sousa taking over up top.

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