New challenger to McCoy’s throne

Less Time and Richie McLernon on their way to winning at Sunday's meeting at Market Rasen. EMN-150216-084858001
Less Time and Richie McLernon on their way to winning at Sunday's meeting at Market Rasen. EMN-150216-084858001

Market Rasen’s first Sunday meeting of 2015 saw some decent fields in the seven races, the main exception being the feature chase of the afternoon.

This was the fourth race on the card, the £6,498 1st securitysolutions.co.uk Novices Chase won by Stopped 0ut, who made all to win in impressive style.

Only five runners though went to post. The 10-year-old, who had James Reveley up, does not lack stamina and was kept on well from two out to get home by six lengths.

Richie McLernon was on board the Jonjo O’Neill trained Less Time in the fifth race, a handicap chase, and the 7/1 favourite jumped impressively enough. McLernon could take more of the limelight in the O’Neill stable from now on with Tony McCoy set to retire at or before the season’s end.

McLernon has been an impressive jockey in his own right already with a second in the Grand National among his most memorable moments. McCoy was absent from Market Rasen and seven different jockeys had winners on the card. There were no runners to feature from any of our local trainers either.

The opening race saw 10 runners for the EPDS Racing Welfare BTO Series Novices Hurdle with highly rated trainer Charlie Longsdon saddling the six-year-old Our Kaempfer. His useful bumper record and a third at Doncaster last time out were indications he will be up to similar form before long over the smaller obstacles.

The evens favourite was followed into the winner’s enclosure by another favourite in Grimley Girl (5/4), who with Jack Sherwood on board for trainer Henry Oliver in the mares handicap hurdle. Seven went to post and the winning distance was four and a half lengths.

Raktiman (8/1) ended the sequence of winning favourites in the third race when Jonathan England brought his mount home to win by four lengths. The final chase, the Eric and Lucy Papworth Handicap, saw Trafficker and Aidan Coleman take the prize.