Freebets horse racing ambassador and current National Hunt jockey Tom Bellamy talks us through his rides on Summer Plate Day at Market Rasen this Saturday, including two races live on ITV.
I’ve got four mounts in the book for Market Rasen on Saturday, including one in the feature race, the Summer Plate.
Starting off in the first, I ride Lighthouse Mill (2:05pm) for David Dennis. He’s a horse that we really liked as a youngster, I’m quite closely connected with David and I ride most of his when I can, we liked him in the early days, but ultimately he was very disappointing.
But now things have suddenly clicked for him, unfortunately for me, under Gavin Sheehan, a change of tactics and a more positive ride and it seemed to work as he won at Stratford.
After that he ran a great race against a thriving rival, a horse who was winning his third race in a row, so while he was beaten, the right one beat him that day.
This is more competitive, up in grade and he will need to step up because of that, but he’s going the right way and this return to going right handed here will suit more than Worcester last time out. He certainly deserves to take his chance in a higher grade.
Next up is the big one (3:15pm), the Summer Plate, where I ride Killer Clown for Emma Lavelle. Firstly, I think the horse is a real testament to Emma’s training. He’s been running in the winter for the past couple of seasons, and he’s definitely good enough to be a winter horse, you would class him as that. But it got to a frustrating stage where they were pulling him out all the time or he was disappointing because the ground was too soft. Eventually she just said there’s some good pots in the summer, let’s try with those.
So for a while now, the Summer Plate has been his target and hence why I’ve chosen him. I don’t always get the choice with Emma’s but here I did.
I’ve no hard feelings with Hang In There, her other runner in the race, he did nothing wrong last time out and it was a close call for me but I just felt that Emma had kept the horse in for a reason, so I’m going to stick to my guns and side with him.
He’s got some good handicap form, and has won off a mark higher than this when winning a big pot at Kempton last winter. He’s not thrown in, but is on the right side of the handicapper in my opinion and I think having good experience in some top handicaps will stand him in good stead.
In the 4:25pm I ride Roll With It for Richard Spencer, and to be honest he’s a horse I don’t know too much about. He’s ran very well in a bumper in the past, but clearly didn’t show his true form when disappointing on his only start over hurdles.
This looks a nice race and I’ll be coming here looking to get a place hopefully.
Lastly, in the 5:00pm, I am back on board Rakhine State, a horse I won on last Saturday at Perth. That race was over fences, this one is over hurdles, so he doesn’t get a penalty and we can run off the same mark. It’s a nice bit of placing this, coming for a nice pot.
I’d be lying if I said the race he won on Saturday was anything other than an egg and spoon race, but he did it very well and of course, you can only beat what’s in front of you. He managed that, he comes in off the same mark and that was the first time he’s had his head in front for a while, so his confidence should be sky high and he comes here with a chance.