Rasen gives a taste of summer to come

Nineteen times Champion Jockey Tony McCoy (centre) on Rum and Butter on his way to winning at Market Rasen on Friday. EMN-140622-201722001

Nineteen times Champion Jockey Tony McCoy (centre) on Rum and Butter on his way to winning at Market Rasen on Friday. EMN-140622-201722001

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Next month Market Rasen will host ‘The Journal Ladies Day’ featuring the richest race in the course calendar, the Summer Plate Chase.

A pointer may have been obtained from Friday’s meeting, the Grimsby and Immingham Port Community Race Day. No trainer loves Market Rasen’s summer racing more than Pembroke handler Peter Bowen who has a record second to none in the plate.

Tony McCoy is a jockey with a record second to none over the sticks and another highlight of the afternoon were his 61st and 62nd winners of the fledgling season.

It was a Bowen trained horse in Book’Em Danno (11/4) however who won the feature race on Friday afternoon, the Sea Cargo Handicap Chase. The eight-year-old had threatened to make all after leading for much of the way only to be passed two from home.

Top jockey Richard Johnson was on board and he rallied his charge after the last to get home in front of 5/1 shot Grandad’s Horse, who had Tom O’Brien up. Bowen’s horse has notched six wins from nine starts at Market Rasen. Will he be back next month?

Champion Jockey A.P McCoy was on the Jonjo O’Neill trained Rum and Butter (6/4) and carried the famous colours of J.P McManus in the Svitzer Novices Chase. A useful hurdler, the six-year-old began his chasing career with a win at Kempton.

He had a double penalty for successive wins to contend with at Market Rasen and conceded 14lbs to all his rivals. Form though is temporary while class is permanent and clearly the horse is a class act, as, of course, is McCoy.

It was a masterly ride by the 19 times champion jockey who eased his mount through the early stages before producing his effort at just the right time. It was McCoys 61st winning ride of a season less than two months old.

Hot favourite of the afternoon was Goldon Horn in the PD Ports Selling Hurdle, the win completing a double for trainer Nigel Twiston- Davies and jockey Sam Twiston-Davies.

In the opening race of the afternoon local eyes were on Ivans Back in a handicap hurdle. Trained at Brigg by Nick Kent, the nine-year-old won here two weeks ago, but after clattering a hurdle on the first circuit while well placed, jockey Adam Wedge never really got his charge challenging again.

It was left to Renegotiate (15/2) under Graham Watters to seize the moment and he did just that in fine style from the front for a 2 1/2 length win.

Trainer Peter Niven said: “The ground suited him much more here than when he ran at Wetherby. He did really well today.”

In the ABP Juvenile Hurdle the race looked very much to be a clash between the favourite Izbushka, ridden by Richard Johnson, and Sam Twiston Davies on Goodbye Dancer, a 100/30 shot.

Izbushka had his moments until fading three out, but Goodbye Dancer powered on to complete a faultless display of hurdling. The three-year-old won on the flat for the Twistan Davies stable in France earlier this year and he looks to have the ability for further improvement over the smaller obstacles.

The final race on the card, a bumper, saw McCoy complete a double and his 62nd winner this season on board Southfield Royale the 10/11 favourite.

The next meeting at Market Rasen is on Sunday July 6 with The Journal Ladies Summer Plate Day on Saturday July 19