The ground at Catterick at the time of writing on Monday morning was described as good to soft but there was heavy rain forecast for much of the afternoon and conditions are likely to be no better than soft for today’s six-race card.
Da Vinci Hand to follow up December’s C&D win at Catterick
In the 2m handicap chase I expect to see a big run from Da Vinci Hand (2.05pm) who is only 3lbs higher in the weights than when scoring over C&D back in December and he ran well over an additional three furlongs here on his latest start. Tommy Dowson takes over in the saddle for the first time taking off a valuable 5lbs.
I hope to see veteran Ben Brody make it a decent test of stamina given the selection does get further. Getaway Jewel has been put in as second favourite, but he has a bit to find with Da Vinci Hand from December and a bigger threat may come from Mymilan although he will need an end-to-end gallop dropped back to the minimum trip for the first time since scoring at Carlisle on heavy ground in December 2019.
Recommendation: Da Vinci Hand (2.05pm Catterick) at 7/4 with bet365
In the last Rebecca Menzies saddles a couple. Schalke heads the market and is fitted with a tongue tie for the first time despite scoring at Market Rasen from a 6lbs lower mark last time om good to soft ground. Brian Hughes keeps the ride but do note he has never raced on soft or heavy ground.
Wynford has been off the track since finishing third at Market Rasen at the beginning of November, but he is very well treated on his best form for Dan Skelton. He has won on soft ground on the level but his best form on timber is on better ground. A market move would be worth noting.
Lady Bowes (3.50pm) was taken out of a race at Carlisle last month on account of the soft ground, but she had run well on heavy ground on her two previous starts and her sole career success over jumps also came on heavy ground.
Charlotte Jones has been in the plate for the selection’s two career wins – also won a Perth Bumper – and the hope is that Jimmy Moffatt has his 8-y-old primed after a new two-month lay-off.
Recommendation: Lady Bowes (3.50pm Catterick) @ 3/1 with bet365
Sunset West has been declared for the opener at Leicester, but he was due to run at Carlisle on Monday. I presume he won’t take his chance this afternoon and I am looking forward to the chase debut of Dash Full Of Cash (1.50pm) who drops back in trip for his chase debut having been campaigned over three miles on both starts over hurdles by Lucy Wadham.
The selection finished runner up in his sole point in his native Ireland and cost connections £45,000 last April at Tattersalls horses-in-training sales. He was no match for Ree Okka at Kempton last time in receipt of plenty of weight but that horse in held in some regard by Harry Fry – despite disappointing last time – and Bryony Frost – who is the stable’s go-to jockey – takes over in the saddle for the first time.
Recommendation: Dash Full Of Cash (1.50pm Leicester) @ 4/1 with Betfair
Dawn Raider (3.35pm) is effectively 10lbs higher than when scoring at Carlisle last week – 7lbs penalty plus Kevin Brogan claimed 3lbs last time – but if he is anywhere near in the same mood, he will follow up such was the ease and fluency of that success.
That success was gained on a mix of good to soft/soft ground – not heavy as per official description – and he should not be inconvenienced by todays underfoot conditions described as soft on Monday. He was rated in the 120s when trained by Pat Kelly in Ireland and I will be disappointed if he doesn’t run a big race if over those exertions.
Recommendation: Dawn Raider (3.35pm Leicester) @ 2/1 with
Please note all odds are correct at the time of publication.