Pea Shooter – 1.40 Catterick
Betting suggests The Dine and View at Catterick Races Handicap is a wide open contest but Pea Shooter can hit the mark again for trainer Brian Ellison at 1.40.
The six-year-old transferred from David Nicholls yard last month and made an immediate impression when runner up on the all-weather at Wolverhampton on October 2 before going one better on the turf at Musselburgh 11 days later.
The gelding is upped in class but looked capable of more when steering a tricky path to victory last time and can defy his mark to earn back to back wins for his new connections. Pea Shooter is a general 7/1 chance which is on offer on Paddy Power with money back if finishing second to the favourite.
As to which horse will go off favourite, this looks between Bryan Smart-trained Straightothepoint and French Press, saddled by Michael Appleby. The former was a winner at Leicester in June and has been consistent since. The three-year-old comes into the mix after being dropped 2lbs and should be capable of making the frame at least.
French Press doesn’t know how to run a bad race and ran up four successive wins between August 25 and September 23. The five-year-old has had a busy summer; he’s risen in the weights since his second at Brighton 12 days ago and may be better suited to a longer trip than today’s extended five furlongs.
Alaskan Prince deserves respect and is a big price at 11/1. Trained in South Lanarkshire by Keith Dalgliesh, the three-year-old has a liking for Catterick having won three times over six furlongs at the North Yorkshire track. His defeat over seven furlongs here last time out can be ignored although he will need to show he has progressed in his sprinting to win off today’s mark.
1pt win Pea Shooter – 7/1 Paddy Power