Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 08:23 08/01/2015
Catterick stage the North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase at 2.40pm on Thursday afternoon and the race run in honour of Grand National-winning trainer Denys Smith can go the way of bottom weight Barton Gift at the 13-2 available with Betfred.
dvised at the 10-1 on offer with Paddy Power in the early exchanges courtesy of our twitter feed (now 11-2) the mount of Jamie Moore will be attempting the marathon 3m 6f trip for the first time but the son of Alflora gives the impression there could be more improvement to come from the lightly-raced eight-year-old over the extra distance.
The easy winner of an Exeter handicap 12 months ago beating Tuskar Rock by a long-looking thirty two lengths resulted in the handicapper putting the John Spearing-trained gelding up by a massive 19lb but that didn't stop the horse winning again two months later off a mark of 101 at Chepstow.
Two runs this season should have put Barton Gift spot on for the visit to the Yorkshire venue and on 4lb better terms should overturn recent form with fellow rival Incentivise who, as a twelve-year-old, has far less scope than the younger competitor. Joint top weights Milborough and Ikodoru Road will struggle to give 23lb to the selection and a bigger danger could turn out to be Scotswell ( 11-1 with Paddy Power ) who showed his best form for a while when runner up to Neptune Equester over 4m at Kelso last month.