Thursday’s race of the day – Preview and tips for North Yorkshire National at Catterick

Jon Vine takes a look through the field set to contest the 2020 North Yorkshire National and provides readers with his tips for Thursday’s race of the day.

I’m hoping to make it two wins in a row, having tipped up Dolphin Square to win Wednesday’s race of the day at 9/4. On Thursday, the North Yorkshire National looks the most exciting race and I’ve looked through each of the runners to find my best bet with William Hill.

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Thursday’s Race Of The Day at Catterick

Brian Boranha

Won the Durham National at Sedgefield last season. Was then comfortably beaten in high-quality races during the second-half of the season. Finished fourth when trying to defend title at Sedgefield in October. Well below par last start, but he’s dropped back to his last winning mark and loves good ground. Could be a big player.

Chase The Wind

Been running well this term, winnings once and placing on other two starts. Risen eight pounds in the ratings in the process, but should be capable of running well off this mark. Younger rivals are preferred though.

Kingswell Theatre

Struggled a little carrying a big weight in the Durham National on reappearance. Results have drifted further since and was pulled up when last seen at Cheltenham on New Years Day. Jumping has been rubbish so far this season, but could be a contender if he can recapture his best form.

Little Bruce

Unlucky to run into a classy sort in Sharp Response here 12 months ago, stayed on well to finish second. Received 10-pound rise after winning Cambridgeshire National but proved this mark wasn’t beyond him with fine second at Cheltenham in March. Finished a fine third in hurdles warm-up for this race eleven days ago. Looks a worthy favourite.


Secured back-to-back handicap wins this time last year. Has suffered six defeats since, including two heavy losses on first two appearances of new season. Was much more competitive last time at Sedgefield and could go well again. Trip is a worry though.

Milansbar winning the 2018 Classic Chase at Warwick.


Admirable teenager, but results over last 12 months offer little encouragement. Ground conditions are against Bryony Frost’s mount too. Best left alone.


Ran up to an RPR of 140 on reappearance last season. Couldn’t repeat that in two starts after and spent a year out of action after pulling up here last November. Pulled up again on return to action at Cheltenham last month. Could be well-treated, but has questions to answer.


Won off this mark last May. Hasn’t been at his best this term though, his best result coming at Wincanton, where he finished sixth in the Badger Beers Trophy. Loves good ground, should stay the trip and jockey’s claimer leaves him carrying just 11-5. Should be in with a shout.


While I think Little Bruce is fairly solid at the top of the betting, this looks like a tight renewal of the North Yorkshire National. Given that, I’m inclined to take an each-way chance on BRIANA BORANHA (8/1 William Hill), who looks overpriced sitting on 8/1.

Peter Niven’s charge won when he last carried a mark of 130. There are no stamina question marks and he will relish the good ground conditions. Brian Boranha even has winning form here at Catterick, having crossed the line first in a handicap hurdle before being disqualified due to his jockey weighing in light. 8/1 is far too big for a horse of his quality and experience.