Another good day with 2 winners, one at 9/4 advised and one that drifted to a nice 15/2. Tomorrow’s best chances are below.
1.20 5f Class 4 Handicap – ETERNAL SUN 9/2
A competitive sprint with tons of early pace that will suit those coming off the pace and there’s no one more obvious than Eternal Sun. The filly enjoyed a good quick early gallop LTO over this C&D and came with a very impressive eye catching flying ride to take the field, it was a great ride from Gabriele Malone who only used the whip twice, the last just to make sure she sealed the win, not only visually did it look like she had plenty more to give but the form of the race has worked out well with Tan in 3rd wining NTO, 4th Samovar unlucky twice after in stronger grades, 6th Bellevarde winning NTO. She only goes up 5lb for the win which looks very lenient.
2.20 2m Class 3 Handicap Hurdle – MASTER WORK 11/4
Trainer Phillip Hobbs has been in great form the last few months and he’s one to follow blind when he sends them to Leicester the last 5 years, from his 22 he’s saddled up at this course 10 have won giving him an impressive 45% strike rate and a 77% win and place strike rate here in recent years. He sends 2 to Leicester and his best shot is Master Work whose form took a huge boost with Not That Fuisse that we tipped up winning well earlier today in a class 3 at Taunton, Master Work was just over 2 lengths behind Not That Fuisse in a good looking Class 3 at Cheltenham LTO, Master Work is 2lb better off in this race and not only is this much easier but the return to Leicester where he last won and impressed are big plusses.
2.45 3m6f Class 3 Handicap Chase – SHARP RESPONSE 7/4
A weak renewal of the North Yorkshire Grand National which is down to the fast ground conditions. Which makes it easier to find the winner and it’s hard to look past Sue Smith’s Sharp Response, the trainer has won the race the last 3 years in succession, twice with Danny Cook who she calls upon tomorrow. The trainer loves Catterick which is her most successful course with a 29% strike rate in the last 5 years and a +55-level stake profit, which is even more impressive over fences with a 46% strike rate and near +56 LSP. The gelding is already a course winner on his only run here has been running well in some very tough higher-grade races with underfoot conditions not ideal. The return to quick ground and much easier competition will see his best and with his stamina looking his strongest attribute, this step up to 3m6f looks perfect.
3.15 2m Class 4 Handicap Hurdle – FLOWERY 9/2
The ex-Irish trained gelding broke his maiden tag on his first try for new trainer Iain Jardine with the first-time hood, the gelding is well bred and half-brother to a useful Knocknanuss whose rated 148. Flowery form took a huge boost yesterday when 4th placed Magic of Milan bolting in at Ayr, Flowery only has been risen 5lbs for that victory and with the Catterick course similar to Sedgefield it should suit. I am however a little worried about the ground as this will feel very different on fast ground even if breeding says he’ll be fine.
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