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Thursday’s racing tips – 3/1 NAP to respond to Smith’s National challenge at Catterick

Jonathan Vine 9 Jan 2019
Catterick races.

Our expert takes a look through all of Thursday’s cards and selects a strong challenger in the North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick as his NAP of the day with Coral.

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2:45pm Catterick Watt Fences North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase (For The Denys Smith Memorial Trophy) (Class 3) 3m6f


Greyed A has seemingly been pointed at this race since making his return in December and looks a danger, as does Same Circus, who won well at Bangor last time out. Both, however, may have their work cut out trying to stop SHARP RESPONSE, who brings the best form into the race and top-weight shouldn’t stop Sue Smith’s charge from winning.

Sharp Response’s first victory around this track came last February, where the eight-year-old stayed strong to beat Red Infantry over 26 furlongs. A powerful victory under top-weight at Carlisle in October was followed by an outing in the BetVictor Handicap Chase, where Sharp Response registered a solid mid-field finish.

Danny Cook’s mount really caught the eye when staying on to claim fourth in a hot renewal of the Rehearsal Chase up at Newcastle. Sharp Response really didn’t enjoy the heavy ground at Haydock in the Tommy Whittle, but was doing his best work in the latter stages of the race as he crossed the line fourth.

Firmer footing will be much more favourable here at Catterick and Smith’s stayer should have no trouble seeing out the trip. Sharp Response won a very similar race to this, under an identical weight burden, earlier in the season and is surely the one to beat in a race Sue Smith has dominated over the past five years.


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Thursday’s racing tips – 3/1 NAP to respond to Smith’s National challenge at Catterick

Our expert takes a look through all of Thursday’s cards and selects a strong challenger in the North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick as his NAP of the day with Coral on Thursday 10th January.

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