Casablanca stars in four-star Henderson display at Market Rasen

Lambourn trainer dominates big day of the year at Lincolnshire track

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Nicky Henderson continued his excellent strike-rate at Market Rasen with a 107-1 four-timer headlined by Casablanca Mix in the Betway Summer Plate.

The Seven Barrows trainer’s record over the last five years was at 24 per cent and he even improved on that with Gunnery (1-6 favourite), Follow The Bear (11-8 favourite) and Tales Of The Tweed (11-2) also getting in on the act.

Nico de Boinville rode all the Henderson winners except for Tales Of The Tweed, who was partnered by Jeremiah McGrath.

De Boinville was always confident on Casablanca Mix (5-1 joint-favourite) as the seven-year-old mare went on from the third-last fence to take the valuable handicap chase by eight lengths from Royal Village.

“The guv’nor laid her out for it. He’s been very patient and hasn’t allowed her to creep up the handicap, so I think we came here fairly well-in,” the jockey told Racing TV.

“I have to say I was a bit worried about the rain early doors and it was just a case of keeping her on the better ground and she came home like a good thing.

“It was very straightforward. We knew they would go a good gallop and she stayed all the way, so that was great.

“She’s always a better mare on better ground, so I guess we’ll have a look and see what’s going on, but right now we’ll just enjoy the moment.”

Casablanca stars in four-star Henderson display at Market Rasen
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