January 25 / 15.15 Catterick

15.15

Soft

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  • Prize money: £6865.3
  • 2m 3f 66y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 1-23U2 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Won twice at Sedgefield (2m4f) early last year and he's run some good races this season including a clear second behind Happy And Fine over C&D (soft) last time; usually races prominently and he should give it another good shot.
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6th

5

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

16:35 Wetherby

Hajey

11st 6lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Tracy Waggott

Posted his fourth win at Catterick in December (2m3f, soft) and runner-up there the next twice; races here for the first time but it's been a while since he's run well away from Catterick, which creates a question mark today.

9/1

2nd

1

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:00 Catterick

Hajey

12st 2lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Tracy Waggott

raced wide, prominent, not fluent 4 out, outpaced before 2 out, rallied approaching last, kept on but no chance with winner final 110yds

100/30

2

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:25 Catterick

Hajey

11st 12lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Tracy Waggott

Beat just three rivals when winning over C&D (soft) last month and now on a career-high mark; however, he did it in good style and has now won on his last two visits here (the other one being this race last year); key player.

11/2

15/2

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 9250-4 C

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 1lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Useful hurdler on slow ground in his prime; hasn't won for a while but he didn't run too badly when fourth on Musselburgh reappearance in November and he's dropped another 2lb since; has won at 2m3f in the past and he could be dangerous back up in trip.
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0

1

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 4

11:45 Haydock

Chti Balko

12st 2lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Ended a losing run of three years when making all for a wide-margin win at Bangor this month (2m, soft); back up 6lb but he was runnning in stronger races than this not so long ago and is a triple course winner; no easy lead this time but bold bid likely.

3/1

1st

2

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

13:11 Bangor-on-Dee

Chti Balko

12st 1lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Front-running veteran who has not won since December 2020 but he's finished runner-up in three of his last four starts including at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) on his return two weeks ago; remains well treated on old form and he should go well again back in trip.

8/1

2nd

2

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

15:40 Sedgefield

Chti Balko

12st 0lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

prominent, led 2nd, joined 2 out, soon headed, ridden approaching last, kept on run-in

5/1

5/2

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 738-11 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Ex-French gelding who got off the mark in a Market Rasen handicap (cheekpieces added) on his return in November and he found more progress when scoring over C&D (soft) last month; up another 8lb but that was a stylish win last time and he could continue on the upgrade; major player again in hat-trick bid.
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8

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Happy And Fine

10st 12lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Alex Hales

Kept to hurdles for three seasons but he is making great strides as a chaser, following a Leicester win with one from the front at Haydock (both 2m4f on heavy) where he didn't waste an ounce of energy at his fences; a further 8lb rise asks for more in this better company, though.

14/1

1st

2

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:10 Haydock

Happy And Fine

11st 7lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Alex Hales

made virtually all

15/8

1st

3

13th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 25y

Class 4

13:35 Leicester

Happy And Fine

12st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Came good over hurdles with two wins in cheekpieces towards end of last year and made very solid start to chasing career when third of 13 against experienced handicappers at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) in November; not yet proven on heavy ground but, otherwise, he has strong claims.

5/2

Form: 15-255

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Four-time hurdle winner (2m), but was sold out of James Ewart's for £1,000 after a disappointing run last May and he made a low-key start for new yard last month; mark is sliding but he has quite a lot to prove back up in trip and grade.
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4th

7

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

14:50 Newcastle

For Three

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

On a 15-race losing run but he went close on last month's stable debut at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) and was a fair fourth there (2m1f, soft) last time; every chance he'll be thereabouts in this weak-looking race.

11/4

4th

3

28th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

14:20 Sedgefield

For Three

11st 3lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Sam England

Had regressed but he came in for notable support on recent stable debut here (soft) and came up only just short after travelling strongly in this new headgear combination; seriously considered despite a 4lb rise.

5/2

8

9th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

12:25 Sedgefield

For Three

10st 7lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Sam England

Has regressed and he struggled this season on his final three runs for Mark Weatherer; however, he's well handicapped on form as recent as April and perhaps a change of scenery and/or the first-time tongue-tie will ignite some spark; interesting on stable debut, especially if backed.

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2F-511 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
7yo who has got back in the groove with wins at Sedgefield and Plumpton (both at 2m4f on soft) in the last two of her three runs for current yard; up another 4lb but she travelled smoothly last time and still looks feasibly treated; respected in her bid to make it 3-4 for Harry Fry.
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5th

2

25th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 3

15:15 Catterick

Will Victory

11st 12lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Harry Fry

prominent, ridden after 3 out, weakened from 2 out

9/4

1st

2

20th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

13:25 Plumpton

Will Victory

11st 11lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

in touch with leaders, went second going easily 2 out (usual 4 out), pushed along and led home turn, ridden out and kept on well inside final furlong

2/1

1st

2

2nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

12:30 Sedgefield

Will Victory

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Harry Fry

in touch with leaders, disputed lead 2nd, led 4th, went clear after 3 out, nudged along when mistake last, pushed out run-in, comfortably

6/1

Form: 11756-

Last run: 411 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
May/June 2021 saw him win three novice hurdles (2m/2m5f); creditable fifth of 20 at Cheltenham (2m5f) in November 2021 but he was disappointing when tried in cheekpieces (off today) over 3m there that December and has not raced since; has something to prove after 411 days off and he probably wants the ground to dry out (his wins have come on good/good to soft).
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1st

2

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:20 Market Rasen

The Wrekin

11st 10lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

ran in snatches, prominent, dropped to last but in touch with leaders 4th, pushed along after 10th, ridden when outpaced before 3 out, headway approaching last, led run-in, kept on well

11/2

2nd

2

9th Jul 2023

Good

3m 3f 123y

Class 4

17:50 Market Rasen

The Wrekin

11st 8lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

Three novice hurdle wins in 2021 but missed 2022; stayed on well when second on chasing debut at Ludlow (3m, good; off this mark) in April but he was not running well when effectively brought down two out at Bangor (3m) in May; chance if reverting to the former effort.

3/1

5

20th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 5y

Class 4

15:55 Bangor-on-Dee

The Wrekin

11st 7lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Three novice hurdle wins in 2021; missed last year and has gradually found his form since returning; runner-up on chasing debut at Ludlow last month (off this mark), when staying on well; strong claims on that basis.

9/4

Form: 25-46P

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Well handicapped on best chase form for Tom Lacey but he was below par last January on his final start for that yard and things have not gone well in three runs this season (pulled up latest); this point winner is now 0-13 under rules and has plenty to prove back over hurdles.
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1st

3

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 5

16:25 Doncaster

Velasco

11st 10lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Susan Corbett

made all, went well clear after 3 out, canter

4/1

1st

2

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 5

16:10 Sedgefield

Velasco

11st 12lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Susan Corbett

Won at Hexham (2m7f, good) last June and returned from break with respectable third at Newcastle (2m7f, soft) in November; not ruled out but two lesser runs have followed and he needs to get back on track.

12/1

7th

8

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

13:00 Wetherby

Velasco

11st 1lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Susan Corbett

Just one win from his 22 starts but that came at Hexham (2m7f, good) in June; fair third at Newcastle (2m7f, soft) last month and perhaps heavy ground didn't suit back at Hexham last time; not discounted.

6/1

Form: 3/9P-7 D

Last run: 88 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Won a Class 2 handicap at Fontwell (2m3f, soft) in October 2020 but he's generally struggled since and was a well-held seventh at Wetherby in October; now 8lb lower than for last success but has plenty to prove after another break.
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8th

5

25th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 3

15:15 Catterick

Collooney

11st 10lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

never better than mid-division, ridden and weakened after 3 out

16/1

7th

3

29th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

17:20 Wetherby

Collooney

11st 9lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

held up in midfield, shaken up after 3 out, soon beaten

9/1

Form: 3P2F-0 D

Last run: 54 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Very useful chaser who is well treated on his best form over fences last season but he was a tailed-off last at Exeter on his return last month; comes with some risks attached but a tongue-tie is added and he needs watching in market off a lower mark back in this sphere; last three wins have been at around 2m4f on soft/heavy.
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3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

13:02 Chepstow

Alnadam

11st 11lb

J: David Bass

T: Sophie Leech

Very useful chaser in his prime but needed considerable help from the handicapper before his hurdling win for Dan Skelton in March; unplaced in five French hurdles since joining Sophie Leech and not the most obvious answer here; suited by soft/heavy ground.

33/1

1st

2

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 4

15:35 Haydock

Alnadam

12st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

With the cheekpieces off and having dropped down the weights, he returned to form with a creditable third at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) last month; his rules wins have come on soft/heavy ground and he's a strong contender if producing another good performance here.

4/1

33/1

Form: 20529P

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Won at 2021 Punchestown Festival (2m4f, yielding) for Jessica Harrington but left that trainer after a disappointing run in September and he was pulled up on his stable debut at Kelso last month; now drops back in trip but regular cheekpieces are still missing and he has some questions to answer.
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6th

2

22nd May 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

19:45 Market Rasen

Guiri

11st 11lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

led narrowly, slowed dramatically and headed 1st

8/1

3

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 174y

Class 4

14:40 Ludlow

Guiri

11st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

held up in rear, some headway after 7th, pushed along 5 out

20/1

6th

3

21st Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:25 Wetherby

Guiri

11st 12lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Ben Haslam

Ex-Irish 8yo who won at the 2021 Punchestown festival and is one to watch in the betting on his third start for this yard, but he has lots to prove having been pulled up/tailed off the last twice.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £31.20
Straight Forecast £36.17
Tricast £65.86
Trifecta £102.40

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Happy And Fine

TOPSPEED:

Hajey

The Star:

Collooney

RP Ratings:

Chti Balko

The Times:

Happy And Fine

Telegraph:

Happy And Fine

The Guardian:

Happy And Fine

Daily Mail:

Happy And Fine

D Express:

Happy And Fine

The Sun:

Happy And Fine

Daily Record:

Happy And Fine

POSTDATA:

Hajey

Daily Mirror:

Hajey