Market Rasen Racing: Brigg trainer Nick Kent cheered by Kate’s form

Combustible Kate trained at Brigg by Nick Kent returns to the enclosure after an excellent second. EMN-150622-172446002
Combustible Kate trained at Brigg by Nick Kent returns to the enclosure after an excellent second. EMN-150622-172446002

Brigg trainer Nick Kent followed up a midweek win on the flat at Nottingham with an excellent second at Market Rasen last weekend.

Kent saddled in-form Combustible Kate in the GP Shipping Novices Chase, having finished third or better in six of her last seven races.

Joyful Motive, trained by Michael Chapman at Market Rasen, takes a fence on his way to third in the novices chase, ridden by Thomas Cheesman EMN-150622-172458002

Joyful Motive, trained by Michael Chapman at Market Rasen, takes a fence on his way to third in the novices chase, ridden by Thomas Cheesman EMN-150622-172458002

After being placed at Rasen and Huntingdon last month, she produced the goods again here, finishing second on the run-in by 8/1 shot Twojayslad.

Kent was not too disappointed and is confident Kate will win again soon.

He said: “She blundered at the open ditch and that checked her a bit, but she ran a really good race.

“I can’t complain too much, it was a competitive race.”

A low key meeting saw some competitive racing in all races bar the Novice Chase.

Somerset trainer David Pipe had sent his useful six-year-old Vieux Lion Rouge to Rasen after a debut win at Towcester, and his rivals clearly thought they were not up to his standards.

Next Exit unseated his rider and galloped off down the course-to be caught by the head groundsman before being withdrawn.

Tom Scudamore, riding the odds-on favourite, got a 20-length start on the others, made all, and saw off Aalim with Aiden Coleman on board by seven lengths. They needed binoculars to see the rest with 87 lengths to the third horse Joyful Motive, trained by Michael Chapman at his Woodlands stables in Market Rasen. Dontupsettherhythm, from the same parish, was pulled up.

Scudamore said: “He was rated well over hurdles and ran in some good races. He handles all sorts of ground and looks every inch a chaser.

“He’s a nice horse to ride and will handle more competitive chases than this.”

The feature race of the afternoon – the PD Ports Handicap Chase – provided more competitive fare.

Leading jump jockey Richard Johnson (9/4f) got his mount Bar De Ligne up by a neck over Harry’s Whim (6/1) who went down with all guns blazing.

The opening race, the Svitzer Novices Handicap Hurdle, was won by the Micky Hammond-trained Russian Royale.

The decent flat racer won at the ninth attempt over hurdles at Perth last time, but remains well in with the handicapper.

In the GRA Group Juvenile Hurdle, the odds-on favourite Dominade (4/6) was beaten on the run-in by Mountainside with Aidan Coleman on board.

Dominade made all, as his want, but his jumping was never fluent.