Market Rasen preview: Royal Village value in Summer PlatePublished on: July 19, 2019Author: David Metcalf
Royal Village has a fine record at Market Rasen, so looks terrific value at 14/1 with Paddy Power in the valuable Listed 2m 5f Summer Plate Handicap Chase there on Saturday (15:20).
Trained by the shrewd Ian Williams, this seven-year-old was won twice and been placed once in four starts over course and distance.
He also has a fine strike rate of 33 per cent over the larger obstacles, having won three times and made the frame on three other occasions in nine starts.
In the last of those successes two starts back over 2m 4f at Uttoxeter, the son of Scorpion came from off the pace to take up the running four from home travelling strongly.
Royal Village then drew clear and, after idling approaching the last, only had to be ridden out to beat Pacific De Baune by 2 1/2 lengths off a rating of 131. He looked value for more than the winning margin.
Given that he now meets the runner-up on 6lb better terms, there is no reason why Royal Village should not confirm the form.
He was then not seen to best effect next time up when stepped up to 3m and fourth at Perth, but the drop back to 2m 5f is likely to see him in a far better light.
Judged on his victory at Uttoxeter, his current rating of 137 should not be beyond him and Royal Village has underfoot conditions to suit.
He also goes extremely well for jockey Tom O’Brien, so taking everything into account looks to have plenty going for him in this and massively overpriced in relation to Pacific De Baune, who is trading at almost half his odds at the time of writing.
Pacific De Baune feared despite big Summer Plate weight
Despite having to shoulder top weight of 11st 12lb and being worse off with Royal Village, the aforementioned Pacific De Baune looks a big player in the Summer Plate.
This six year-old is a lightly-raced sort who hails from the powerful yard of Nicky Henderson and has won two of his four starts over fences.
After chasing home Royal Village, the son of Al Namix landed a decent five-runner class 2 contest at Newbury in fine style when making all to readily beat Wait For Me by 3 1/4 lengths off a mark of 142.
A 5lb rise in the weights for that looks more than fair, and Pacific De Baune remains unexposed as a chaser and open to stacks more improvement.
He has also built up a good rapport with Jeremiah McGrath, who is two from four on him, and has his ideal ground. A bold bid looks assured and Pacific De Baune can be backed at 8/1 with Betway.
Gortoe Joe heads Summer Plate betting
The Summer Plate market is headed by Gortroe Joe, a 6/1 shot with BetVictor, who is 1-1 over course and distance and hails from the red-hot yard of Dan Skelton.
That success came last time out in April where the six-year-old drew clear to easily beat Rio Quinto by 12 lengths off a mark of 128.
It was a second win in five races over fences for Gortroe Joe, and the manner in which he got the job done suggest there may well be better to come.
If that is the case, then a 7lb rise in the weights could well not be enough to stop the son of Beneficial going in again.
However, he is prone to throw in a stinker, so that tempers enthusiasm given the odds on offer.
On the plus side, Skelton loves nothing more than to plunder these valuable summer prizes and is operating at a strike rate of 30 per cent in the last 14 days at the time of writing.
So, if on a going day, Gortroe Joe looks sure to make a bold bid to defy a career high mark of 135 and follow-up.
Chef De Troupe looks tasty in Summer Handicap Hurdle
The other big race on a cracking card is the Listed 2m Summer Handicap Hurdle (14:10).
The Dr Richard Newland trained Chef De Troupe comes into it in fine form, so makes plenty of appeal at the 15/2 on offer with William Hill.
This six-year-old took his time to get his act together over the obstacles, but finally came good at the sixth time of asking when cruising home by 15 lengths in a novice handicap hurdle at Southwell off a mark of 89.
Chef De Troupe was then turned out quickly under a 7lb penalty, but had no problems follow-up at Uttoxeter when jumping right on several occasions and slamming Camlad Kingfisher by 10 lengths.
He scored with tons in hand and the switch to a right-handed venue looks a shrewd more given his jumping antics that day.
Not surprisingly, the assessor has had his say and hit the son of Air Chief Marshal with a massive 14lb hike in the weights.
However, Chef De Troupe is clearly going the right way and this has undoubtedly been his long-term target for some time.
Dr Newland also knows what is required to land the race, having saddled a similar type in Gran Maestro to land the spoils in 2015.
So, off bottom weight of 10st, Chef De Troupe looks to have plenty going for him in this.
Longhouse Hall and St Gallen feared
St Gallen is unbeaten in two starts over hurdles since joining trainer Olly Murphy and is battling it out for favouritism with Longhouse Sale.
This six-year-old looked ahead of his mark in the last of those successes when being produced late from off the pace by Richard Johsnon to beat Manamite by two lengths in a six-runner affair at Kelso off rating of 116.
St Gallen travelled ominously well throughout and was value for much more than the winning margin, so a 5lb rise in the weights looks lenient.
He is once again partnered by Johnston, who is 2-2 on him, and it will be surprising if the son of Majestic Missile is not right in the thick of things at the business end of affairs.
Betfair go a joint-top price of 4/1 about St Gallen landing the hat-trick.
Longhouse Sale, who is 4/1 with Betfred, won his sole start in an Irish point and is unbeaten in seven starts since joining Skelton’s stable.
This five-year-old is a dual course and distance winner, and could not have been more impressive last time out when winning hard geld at Ffos Las off an official rating of 141.
He now makes his handicap debut off the same rating and may well have got in lightly as he is a hugely exciting prospect.
The one concern is that all his successes have come in small fields but, if handling the hustle and bustle of this 15-runner line-up, Longhouse Hall could well be capable of defying to weight of 11st 12lb for a stable that can do little wrong at present.