Rock looks hard to beat

Steve Hughes has two jumpers to follow on Sunday

With small fields the order of the day in the better races at Ayr, I am sticking with the jumps action on Market Rasen where there are two good quality handicaps later in the afternoon.

Market Rasen 4.20: Allelu Alleluia

Still unexposed after just two runs over fences, Allelu Alleluia has the most potential for improvement.

Despite being niggled along early, he cruised through the final circuit on his way to victory at Stratford in May over 2m3f. I am not quite sure what went wrong next time at the same track where he was soon jumping and hanging violently to his right.

It might be that a change of direction is all that is required, so I am more confident with him going right-handed today. He has been kept exclusively to top of the ground conditions throughout his career and is well suited by sharp tracks – his one win over hurdles came at Aintree.

Market Rasen 4.55: Psychedelic Rock

This race looks best left to the unexposed improvers, but I think Brave Eagle is a little suspect under pressure and Jack Devine has been hammered by the handicapper, so Psychedelic Rock could be the one to side with.

As usual the Ian Williams stable is in great form with a hat-trick at Nottingham last night and Psychedelic Rock is an improving hurdler when he gets his required fast ground. He won a valuable novice handicap at Worcester last autumn, finishing off strongly – and looks the type to do better the stronger the race he performs in.

He took some time to get really going back at Worcester on his last start, but again flew up the run-in, just running out of time to catch Voodoo Doll. It looks well worth this step up by 3f given his running style and he is only a pound higher today.

Recommended bets:

1pt win – Allelu Alleluia – 4.20 Market Rasen – 6/1 general

1pt win – Psychedelic Rock – 4.55 Market Rasen – 7/2 general

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