River Dragon reserves his best for Market Rasen and makes plenty of appeal at off bottom-weight in the 2.40.
Tony Coyle’s gelding has run six times at the track in bumper and hurdle contests, and has only finished out of the first four on one occasion.
His form figures at the Lincolnshire venue read – 2,2,5,4,1,4 – and his win came over today’s distance back in December where he only had to be ridden out with hands and heels to readily account for Fairynuff by 4 lengths off a mark of 100.
He followed that up with a solid fourth of 15 to Wise Move off a 6lb higher mark three starts ago, where he held every chance two out before weakening on the flat.
That race was over 2m 5f, and the way he finished suggested that a drop back in trip to today’s winning trip of 2m 3f would see him in far better light.
The seven-year-old warmed up for this with a good run in a Jumpers’ Bumper at Southwell last week when finishing a never nearer 6th of 14 to Abergavenny, and off a mark of 105 certainly dioesn’t look harshly treated given that he has his optimum conditions.
With Brian Toomey taking off another 5lb he has just a featherweight to carry and receives weight from all his rivals, and for a horse who has tip top consistent form at the track he looks too big a price at 7/1.
At those odds he looks an each-way steal.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way River Dragon (7/1 Betfred – BOG)