2.00pm Catterick: Mischief Star @ 15/8
This looks a very weak maiden and although Mischief Star was disappointing at York last time, I still think he’s good enough to win this. He ran a very encouraging race on debut at Thirsk to finish third behind two useful types with winners in behind him in a decent time for the grade. He then went to York where he finished seventh of seven running as if something was amiss.
That race has actually turned out to be very strong form, with the third and fourth winning since, while the well-beaten sixth was heavily backed on his next start before finishing second. This race is a world apart from that type of form with his main opposition all looking relatively exposed, and if the selection is in anywhere near the form of his debut he should be winning this.
2.30pm Catterick: Bluella @ 10/1
Bluella hasn’t shown a huge amount in her career to date though this looks a very winnable race, and she showed enough over course and distance two starts ago to suggest she can win off the basement mark here. The booking of PJ McDonald really catches the eye as he’s only ridden for the stable five times, winning once and finishing fourth on two others, suggesting he’s a jockey the trainer turns to when he fancies one. She traded 1/5 to win that race two starts ago in June, shooting clear with a furlong to go, and given the lack of pace in this race she might be able to stick it out better, particularly with such a good jockey on board.
3.05pm Catterick: Jimmy Krankyar @ 15/2
Jimmy Krankyar catches the eye in first-time cheekpieces here having run an encouraging race at Beverley recently, coming from further back than ideal to finish fifth. He’s been dropped four pounds for that run, and steps up two furlongs in trip, which should definitely suit on the basis of that last run. This race looks weaker to me than Beverley, with plenty of exposed types involved, and I think he looks a very solid ew bet.
5:10pm Catterick: Bea Ryan @ 5/1
Bea Ryan is very well-bred, and cost 75k as a yearling, suggesting she may be worth following on her handicap debut for Declan Carroll off a lowly mark of 62. She ran really well on her debut at Thirsk when finishing fourth of 10, in a race that has worked out ok in the context of this race, with horses such as the David O Meara trained Makawee (now rated 90) in behind her. She was very disappointing on her next start when reappearing in May this year finishing a well-beaten eighth of 15, though she bounced back to finish a very good fourth on her qualifying run for handicaps. That wasn’t a strong race, though her handicap mark reflects that, and I definitely think she’s worth taking a chance on here.
*All odds correct at time of posting