NAP of the Day: Give a second chance to Scene One

 | January 08 | 

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Owen McMahon's NAP of the Day

With just the one Jumps card - alongside an all-weather offering from Southwell - left on Tuesday, it's over to Market Rasen for the NAP of the Day.

NAP of the Day

  • 14:40 Market Rasen - Scene One @ 7/4

I tipped Lucy Wadham's Scene One to win at Fakenham before Christmas but, after getting backed off the boards early on, it all went to pot.

First of all, the heavens opened overnight, taking the ground from good to soft to heavy - which didn't suit - all over. Then, Bryony Frost was stood down following a fall on the gallops that morning and replaced by a jockey having her first ride under rules in five seasons.

Predictably enough, the subsequent performance was well below-par. Given the circumstances, though, I'm willing to forget that run entirely.

So, with that in mind, let me re-make the case for this lightly-raced eight-year-old.

He showed precious little in four runs during the first half of last season, but started to put things together back in April, culminating in a duck-breaking success at Warwick.

The son of Curtain Time then went on his summer break, before returning in November with a pretty straightforward success on his chasing debut over 2m5f at Fakenham.

That was off a mark of 108 but he was carrying two pounds overweight, so in theory this new rating of 111 is just a solitary pound higher, which looks lenient providing he's none the worse for his exploits three weeks ago.

I think there's more to come from this progressive gelding, who won with plenty in hand on his first go over the bigger obstacles. With Frost back in the plate, the assistance of first-time cheekpieces and a return to a sounder surface, it's worth chancing he resumes that progress.

This looks a winnable race, too. That'll Be The Day and Nordano are hard to advise on recent runs and lengthy lay-offs, while Grey Skies and William Cody are starting to look pretty exposed.

The selection's fifth and final rival Maninsane has dropped to an attractive mark and would be dangerous if back to somewhere near his best, but he's inconsistent and I wouldn't be sure he's suited by this trip/ground combination.

Scene One to win the 14.40 Market Rasen at 7/4

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