Friday feature race tips 31 January – Keighley’s 10/3 chance can land Catterick win
We take a look at the Friday feature race which comes from Catterick, and Brian Healy assesses the runners for the day’s main event of the afternoon at the North Yorkshire venue.
Spearheading Catterick’s seven-race card on Friday and getting underway at 2.20pm as the the third race of the day is the feature race ‘#jumpingforjoy On Racing TV Handicap Hurdle’ which takes place over an extended trip of three miles and a furlong.
Only a small field of five runners will go to post for Friday’s race of the day with each of the quintet having an eye on a valuable prize. Brian Healy has assessed the field for the day’s feature race and gives his big race tip to land the main event at Catterick.
FRIDAY FEATURE RACE RUNNER BY RUNNER
REVE (10/3, Unibet)
Ex-French winner on the flat but has taken quite well to hurdling for Martin Keightley with two wins over timber which have both come at this venue.
The latest of those wins saw him beat Bhutan by three-parts of a length, finding plenty but has been hit with a 6lbs rise in the weights.
Rider’s claim offsets the bulk of that burden and he remains unexposed over this longer trip although debatable whether he wants ground as soft as this with both wins coming on a sounder surface.
TEESCOMPONENTS LAD (11/4, Betway)
Struck twice last term with wins at Wetherby and Carlisle over shorter trips, and he’s been competing in stronger races than this on his four starts this season.
Fourth to Young Bull at Wetherby on Boxing Day, he drops in class for this contest where he can compete from his last winning mark and the application of cheekpieces might help spark him back into better form.
His winning form has all come over shorter trips however and he didn’t appear to be crying out for this step up in trip when last seen. Less testing ground here though is a bonus and he has Brian Hughes up so no surprise to see him go well.
ENFIN PHIL (5/2, William Hill)
Ex-French winner over hurdles, he has been progressing well since a wind surgery and the No Risk At All gelding got off the mark at this venue earlier in the month.
He made all to run out a three lengths’ victor over Captain Woodie on that occasion, scoring readily with the front pair pulling well clear for which the handicapper has pushed him up 6lbs.
However, he’s yet to try a trip this far so there are obvious stamina concerns. But he has potential to improve for the longer distance and the manner of his last win suggests he remains with scope for better so no surprise to see him involved assuming the step up in trip doesn’t catch him out.
TALKTOMENOW (11/2, Paddy Power)
Looked a promising recruit when chasing home the smart Getaway Trump on his hurdles debut. However he has failed to build on that in five starts since where he’s never finished better than fourth.
Possibly in need of the run when last seen at Doncaster in December where he finished seventh, and he’ll need to build markedly on that performance although cheekpieces and a step up in trip could prove positives.
Nevertheless, others look a more persuasive option at present with his yard currently out of sorts.
MAMOO (4/1, Bet365)
Resumed winning ways over course and distance in a lower grade on New Years’ Day with a half-length defeat of Ardglass Star. That form was boosted by the third winning next time and he could remain well-treated here despite a 5lbs rise in the weights.
Sam Drake’s charge runs from 1lb out of he handicap and this step up in grade demands more from him although he has won from this mark in the past and his historical form would certainly put him in the mix if he could recapture that level.
The potential for ground softer than ideal might prove a negative, but no surprise to see him competitive.
An open contest despite the small field and none of the quintet of runners can be ruled out.
A couple have stamina to prove over this longer trip, but there are no such concerns over REVE (10/3, Unibet) who is 2-2 at this venue which includes at the distance when last seen in action last month.
Martin Keighley’s charge ran out a three-parts of a length winner over Bhutan, keeping on well with the front pair pulling well clear of the rest. A subsequent 6lbs rise for that win is largely offset by his rider’s claim and underfoot conditions are unlikely to present a problem for the Nathaniel gelding who looks set for a big run here.