Sport Horse Racing

Monday 18 December 2017

McCoy's babysitter could upset Himrayn

Himrayn will be a popular choice for punters as he goes in search of a hat-trick in Betfair's iPhone And Android App Handicap Chase at Market Rasen tomorrow, but Anabel King's eight-year-old has plenty to do off top weight.

The son of Generous was an impressive 10-length winner on his fencing bow at Market Rasen three weeks ago, before scoring equally easily off a 10lb-higher mark at Stratford last Saturday.

While Himrayn had little trouble lumping round 11st 12lb then, a further 11lb hike requires him to carry 12st now. That is a tough ask.

He is worth opposing, and Babysitter could be the one to take him on with. Tony McCoy's mount hasn't set the world alight since switching to Jonjo O'Neill's from Nigel Twiston-Davies' yard, but he isn't void of ability either.

A novice hurdle winner at Wetherby a year ago, the Rashar gelding was subsequently short-headed off a mark of 120 in the novices' handicap hurdle final at Sandown.

Things certainly haven't gone as they might have since, but he has never shown his best on soft ground, which may be why he has managed no better than two placings over fences this term. On his most recent start, slow ground and three miles found him out when fifth at Newbury a month ago.

That was also his handicap debut over fences, and it's significant now, given that he will get his favoured good ground, that he has dropped to a mark of 108. With a first-time visor on, he should give the favourite a run for its money.

On tomorrow's card at Doncaster, the booking of Ryan Moore on Dorcas Lane is of note in the 4.55. Dorcas Lane is trained by Lucy Wadham, the extremely shrewd Newmarket-based handler more associated with the jumping game.

The three-year-old filly was a comprehensive winner over a mile on her debut on the all-weather in January, and failed by the narrowest of margins to add to that off a rating of 80 next time.

Wadham now switches Dorcas Lane's attentions to 10 furlongs on turf, where she could further improve to collect off 83.

Irish Independent

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