The Betway Summer Handicap Hurdle (14:10BST 20th July) is run at Market Rasen Racecourse over 2 miles and 148 yards. It is a Listed Hurdle open to horses aged three and older and recent winners have included Purple Bay, Red Tornado, and John Constable.
Check out our 10-year-trends, runner-by-runner guide, and free tip for the Betway Summer Handicap Hurdle 2019.
Betway Summer Handicap Hurdle 10-Year-Trends
The last 10 editions of the Betway Summer Handicap Hurdle have been won by four 6-year-olds, three 5-year-olds, one 4-year-old, one 7-year-old, and one 8-year-old.
Six winners have carried between 11-0 and 11-5, with the others carrying 10-0, 10-1, 10-9, and 11-12. Winners have been rated between 119 and 150. Five winners had won their previous race including the last three. Three others had finished second on their previous start, with one third, and one seventh. Those runs had come between seven and 70 days before their success in the race.
Dr R Newland, Evan Williams, and Dan Skelton have all trained a winner in the last decade. The lowest-priced winner in that period was 4/1, whilst just two winners were returned at double-figure prices.
Betway Summer Handicap Hurdle Runner-By-Runner Guide 2019
Dan and Harry Skelton teamed up to win the 2016 Betway Summer Handicap Hurdle and their five-year-old has been the favourite for the race since the ante-post markets opened. He’s unbeaten in a point-to-point, four bumpers, and three novice hurdles, and two of his bumper wins came at this track. He hasn’t beaten anything of note, so it’s hard to know whether a mark of 141 is lenient or not.
Bidding to become the second consecutive winning 8-year-old and won the 2017 edition off a 15lb higher mark. Won the Swinton Hurdle before that success but was only third in it this year before running ninth at Cartmel. Connections equip with a first-time visor in a bid to rekindle his talent.
Won on his only previous run over course and distance but that was off a 12lb lower mark. Has run creditably since but currently looks in the handicapper’s grip.
Finished in front of Dino Velvet and John Constable at Cartmel last time but had earlier been well-beaten by St Gallen at Kelso, and he’s no better off at the weight having won a race in between those runs. Could go well but it’s likely there are a few better handicapped horses.
Another that finished behind Nayati at Cartmel and remains 7lb above his last winning handicap mark.
Won at Ascot and Exeter off marks of 111 and 118 earlier in the season and this looks a step up in class to the two handicaps he’s been beaten in lately. Run of being in the first two on his last six starts may end here.
Has been keeping busy on the flat recently and, though he’s won a maiden hurdle and a novice hurdle, he was well-beaten in his first handicap hurdle.
Rated as high as 147 in 2016 but, after three-years off the track, he’s struggled to make an impact in three runs. Even his third-place finish last time off a mark of 125 didn’t suggest he has what it takes to win this.
Bidding to become just the second four-year-old to win in the last 10-years and this 80-rated flat performer could still have a few pounds in hand over hurdles off a mark of 126. However, he does have something to prove with his hurdle wins coming at a lower level.
Made little impact in bumpers and his first four runs over hurdles but has won two weak-looking races on his last two starts. It’s possible he could have improved for a short break but he needs to have done.
Richard Newland won the 2015 edition of this race with a horse rated 3lb superior to this one, but Competition is already much better over hurdles than his flat rating suggested he would be. He’s also been beaten in lower-class races off similar marks.
His last two wins have come off marks of 105 and 113 in easier to races and it will be a surprise if he can take another step forward up in class.
Didn’t take to hurdles on his first couple of tries but has won both his races for current trainer Olly Murphy in the style of a horse that could take a step-up in class in his stride. A very experienced flat horse that is rated 74 on the level, it’s interesting that he was once rated 90+ on the flat. If Murphy has unlocked that old talent, he could also easily end up being rated much higher than his current mark of 121 over hurdles.
Not seen over hurdles for 448 days but has been slightly regressive on the flat in that time. Well-beaten on his one previous try in a handicap hurdle and it’s asking a lot to win this after no recent match practice over hurdles.
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Second runner for Richard Newland and this one has won his last two races. However, those wins came off marks of just 85 and 96 and he’s now on 115 in a much better race.
Betway Summer Handicap Hurdle Summary 2019
Plenty of horses are stepping up in class and it’s hard to see them getting competitive. Of those at bigger prices, the 2017 winner John Constable was tempting but you do have to forgive this ageing horse his poor run at Cartmel last time.
That’s why this could turn into a match between Longhouse Sale and St Gallen. Longhouse Sale is in the “could be anything” category but he does have to concede a lot of weight to St Gallen who has plenty of flat speed and is fancied to take this.