Prospect wasn’t helped by having to go round the houses when beaten a neck at Haydock, but he didn’t help himself by hanging. Preference is for the third MISS NAY NEVER, who has a 5lb pull with the Johnston colt. Glinbury should also be involved, for all that he probably wants further.
The return to this level could well result in a better performance from Astrophysics who could have the plum draw, while Highjacked comes into this in better form than many, but it may be worth taking a chance with ROCKLEY POINT. Katie Scott’s gelding is 5lb lower than when winning this race two years ago and he should be suited by the return to the minimum trip. The Golden Cue goes in the ground and could run well if on a going day.
A couple of these have something to prove and this may lie between three who met here recently. BOLDER BOB had Where’s Jeff and Beechwood Jude behind him when fifth of 11 on stable debut over C&D ten days ago and has dropped to an attractive mark if building on that. Beechwood Jude ran way below market expectations that day, but is a previous C&D winner in heavy ground so would provide the main danger if bouncing back.
A tight handicap in which all six have chances. LORD OBERON will find this company a tad easier than of late, and he edges preference over Grace And Virtue.
This staying handicap totally revolves around MAIN FACT who races off the same mark as when winning easily on his return to the Flat in an apprentice event at Newbury on Friday. If this race comes too soon for him the one to benefit may be Spycracker who has been gradually getting it together having finished runner-up in his last three starts. The unexposed Sharney is bred to stay well and looks best of the others.
It’s hard to go against course-specialist Redrosezorro in his bid for a seventh course success despite a career-high mark, but it may be best to side with LUCKY LUCKY MAN who also relishes testing conditions and still looks to be on a good mark, while the stable has won three of the last six runnings. The class-dropping Indian Creak and the unexposed Dream Together are others to consider.
Despite being an 11yo and hard to win with I’ll Be Good has to be respected in this weak race, especially as he is 2lb lower than when just beaten in a division of this contest last year. However, he is vulnerable to anything that shows a bit more sparkle and GRANDMA has the form to win this if she can get away on terms and she does handle soft ground. Muatadel also handles testing ground and has dropped to a favourable mark.
Recent efforts suggest that God Of Dreams is well worth dropping to this trip so he could go well, while a big run can also be expected from Carlovian given his liking for the track. However, BEVSBOY (nap) is back off the same mark as when winning a division of this race last year and his two best efforts in the meantime have both come here.
The Racing Post’s tips at Catterick on Tuesday
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