Market Rasen rocked on Saturday to the sound of McFly, but there was the small matter of a race meeting to enjoy before the music began.
mall was the key word for the size of the fields with a total of only 35 runners spread over seven races.
The plus point was that the racing remained competitive and the novice racegoers had the enjoyment of seeing 18 times champion jockey A P McCoy display his talents.
The feature chase was the £7,000 Calverts Carpets Handicap with More Equity (8-1) ridden by Henry Brooke seeing off Green Bank under Noel Fehily. The latter went to post joint favourite with McCoy’s Calypso Bay, who was unplaced. The winner, trained by leading lady trainer Dianne Sayer of Penrith, has often been let down by his jumping. He had a wide margin win at Cartmel last time out and defied a penalty here.
The Front Row Fencing Handicap Steeplechase saw a re-appearance by Lucky Landing who also had Noel Fehily up. The seven-year-old has nearly always run well at Market Rasen but despite leading at the last could not see off Jake Greenall and 6/1 shot Rockiteer.
The opening novices hurdle saw Ittirad (8-13f) comfortably see off his three inferior rivals for his first win under rules. Jack Quinlan who claims 3lb allowance was on board. Wake Your Dreams (5-4) ridden by Sean Quinlan took the Coastal Loans Novices Hurdle. Bright Abbey the 4-5 favourite disappointed in getting beat by five lengths.
Brigg trainer Nick Kent was disappointed with his seven-year-old Combustible Kate in the Henderson Jamboree Handicap Hurdle. He admitted after the race that his well raced charge was probably ‘burnt out’.
“We need to give her a break. She has ran eight or nine times this season and needs a freshen up. The ground was ok but she just did not run well.”
‘Kate’ led for much of the first circuit but it was Coronea Lilley (2/1jtf) with Noel Fehily on board who had an easy 15 length win in the end.
Punters following Tony McCoy’s horses got their first win in the sixth race when the Jonjo O’Neill trained 8-11 favourite Strongly Suggested had his third win of 2013.
The bumper at the bottom of the card was won by Hannah’s Princess (3-1) completing a double for jockey Fehily.
For those who spotted it – Harry Redknapp had a runner in Rockiteer’s race in Violets Boy. He ran unplaced – but there was some compensation on the day for Redknapp as Queen’s Park Rangers notched another win in the championship.
The next meeting at Market Rasen is the big ‘Prelude Meeting on Saturday September 28.