Wednesday Racing Market Rasen February 26 – Hardy a Good bet to outstay rivals in 14.26

Hardy can live up to his name in open-looking handicap

Horse Racing Betting

Market Rasen is a replacement card on Wednesday but it features one of the more interesting jump races of the day, the 14.26 Download the Mansionbet App Handicap Hurdle.

Run over just short of 3m, five of the seven runners look to have a decent chance of taking home first prize of more than £6,000.

Download the Mansionbet App Handicap Hurdle Current Odds

Smackwater Jack 3/1 5/2 3/1
Come On Teddy 10/3 3/1 10/3
Young Offender 4/1 7/2 7/2
Good And Hardy 10/3 4/1 4/1
Shambra 8/1 15/2 9/1
Montanna 11/1 12/1 12/1
Solstice Star 12/1 12/1 11/1

(Betting Odds were taken from Bet365, Betvictor & Boylesports on February 25, 2020 at 20.15)

Horse Racing Betting at Betway

Jack back in the right grade

Smackwater Jack returns from a short break but runs in a Class 3 event for the first time since second at Aintree in October.
He’s still 3lb higher in the weights but Olly Murphy’s charge has undoubtedly improved for the step up to 3m this season and most bookmakers have him at the head of the market at 3/1.

Offender hoping to reproduce Fakenham form

A winner at Fakenham on only his second run over hurdles, Young Offender didn’t follow the script on a return visit to the Norfolk track and only managed third.
He’s only five, however, and Stuart Edmunds now thinks its time he tried his luck in handicaps. A mark of 121 doesn’t look particularly lenient but there’s a good chance he’ll improve on his form so far and he can be backed at 4/1 with Bet365.

Teddy offers encouragement longer trip will suit

Come On Teddy has yet to race beyond 2m5f but Market Rasen is a relatively easy course so stamina shouldn’t be n issue.
Tom George’s novice has not managed a win over hurdles in six attempts but he has made the frame on three occasions and is another making his handicap debut.
He can be backed at 10/3 with several bookmakers, though may do better on a quicker surface.

Hardy could come good again

In a tight-looking handicap, it may be worth giving another chance to GOOD AND HARDY.
Available at 4/1, Fergal O’Brien’s stayer has found life tough off higher marks since a double at Chepstow and Uttoxeter.
He is still high enough in the weights but amateur Liam Harrison boasts a pretty good strike-rate under Rules and takes off a valuable 7lb.

Shambra still unexposed over trip

Lucy Wadham’s stable continues in terrific form and her mare Shambra has performed with credit on the three occasions she’s run over 3m.
He’s best suited by flat tracks so Uttoxeter will not have been ideal last time when she was pulled up.
Though others in this race are less exposed in handicaps, it’s not hard to see her in the firing-line so the 10/1 with Betfred is a tad generous.