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On The Platform

On The Platform looks the one here and can make it back-to-back victories for John Groucott. He’s improved in the last couple of outings and seems to have found his place in class five handicaps. A placed effort followed up by gutsy win when downing 9/4 favourite Balranald at Bangor the last day will have him spot on for this. He’s only gone up 4lbs for his last victory and that looks a decent enough mark to strike again if he can handle the quicker ground. Bowser looks to be the main danger having won a 13-runner handicap here a couple of weeks back.

Some Detail

Nigel Hawke’s runner is yet to get off the mark over hurdles but this could be his best chance to date in what is a fairly weak field. He tended to run his race back in the 2019/20 season before going off the boil and struggling for much of last season. That prompted a breathing op that appeared to have little effect. However, it looks like a bit of sun on his back has done him some good, with the last two performances much improved. A not too distant sixth at Wincanton in April preceded a second at Huntington just under a month ago. He's off a lenient enough mark and with Tom Buckley taking off another 5lbs he’ll find himself carrying a welter weight. He’s back up in trip which should suit and cheekpieces are applied, so we’re backing him to notch up his first win in two years.

Dallas Cowboy

Dallas Cowboy was beaten two and a half lengths behind High Noon last time but a 3lb swing in the weights could see those placings reversed here. He likes the course having produced two of his four wins to date here and the extra two furlongs should suit. He’ll go from the front and if he can steal a couple of lengths he may be hard to reel in on the quicker ground. Conor O’Farrell partners and should be full of confidence with two wins from his last three rides.

Six One Nine

This one looks to have hit a purple patch of form after some below average efforts in handicap hurdles. Fences appear to have sparked some enthusiasm and hopefully the upward trajectory can continue after winning the first time of asking over the larger obstacle at Sedgefield in April, before following up with another strong showing when second going off 5/2 favourite a month later. The rest of the field are bringing in some pretty scratchy form with only Totally Rejected having placed in his last five runs it looks as though this is Chris Grant’s charge to lose. 

About Market Rasen Racecourse

The National Hunt racecourse is situated just 10 miles from Lincoln and has been selected as one of the best locations to visit on the east coast. Its most high profile fixture is the Summer Plate Meeting, normally staged on the third Saturday in July. This features the two-and-a-quarter miles Summer Hurdle and the Summer Plate.

Both of these are among the most valuable National Hunt races staged in Britain during the summer months. The other meeting which gains huge audiences is the Prelude Meeting in September which coincides with the famous Beer Festival.

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