Catterick’s 4th race is 3m1f Handicap Chase contested by some very interesting types. See our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: An interesting contest with several in with chances, Nortonthorpelegend won last time out at Sedgefield easily and could have more to offer under the on fire Brian Hughes. However, UEUETEOTL is a gritty sort who usually will give his all, performs well at this trip and will love the ground conditions on offer. A chance is taken that he can shrug off a below par effort at Aintree latest where he ran well for a very long way and return to winning ways today. Others to note are Oscar O’Scar and Great Link.
1 GREAT LINK – Been running well at trips around 2m4f recently, the best of which when winning at Market Rasen back in June last year (2m3f, Good), when with Dan Skelton. Debut with Lawney Hill today and has strong claims if seeing out this trip, but it is a concern he hasn’t ran since January and may find a few of these too good off of top weight.
2 VALLEYOFMILAN – Not at his best recently and returned with a running on 7th (albeit last of the finishers) at Sedgefield (3m3f, Good). Had been running well this time last year, consistently putting in decent efforts without managing to win a race. If building upon that returning effort he has place claims and needs a 2nd look
3 OSCAR O’SCAR – Won twice last season at Sedgefield and Kelso but signed off last season with a very poor 5th of 7 at Wetherby in April (3m, Soft). 4th lengths down in 3rd when blundered and unseated Finian O’Toole at the 9th on return at Kelso but should strip fitter for that run and has a place squeak, but not the most consistent sort at times.
4 UEUETEOTL – Gritty sort who performs well at this distance and on this ground and always a dangerous one to dismiss for James Ewart. Returned with a 7th of 14 over hurdles at Aintree but the run was better than the result suggests, as ran well for a long way making most until the 2nd last where he weakened out of contention. He should improve for that run and has a huge chance of returning to winning ways.
5 LORD BRENDY – In good form last summer, consistently churning out decent efforts, but returned at Cartmel at odds of 50/1 when 8th of 10 (3m2f, Soft). Interesting judged on last summer’s form but it’s hard to fancy him after that really poor reappearance.
6 IORA GLASS – Usually runs his race but very hard to win with and was extremely poor latest when 11/10 fancied favourite at Towcester (3m, Good). Has place chances as he usually does but probably will find a few of these too good.
7 NORTONTHORPELEGEND – Won very easily at Sedgfield last week (3m2f, Soft) which was a career best. If improving again he has huge claims under Brian Hughes who has been putting in winners for fun recently.
8 BONZO BING – Not at all convincing this year, with his last 3 efforts particularly dismal with nothing worthwhile to look at. Goes back over fences and needs that to cause huge amounts of improvement but it’s unlikely that it will and best watched today.
9 DYSTONIA’S REVENGE – Very inconsistent and although he is a previous C&D winner he’s very hard to fancy in the main. Returned with a decent enough 3rd of 7 at Carlisle (2m4f, Good) and although being upped in distance may help, he usually doesn’t back up any promise.
myracing Forecast Prices: 1/1 Nortonthorpelegend, 4/1 Iora Glass, 7/1 Oscar O’Scar, 15/2 Ueueteotl, 8/1 Great Link, 10/1 Dystonia’s Revenge, 10/1 Valleyofmilan, 20/1 Bonzo Bing, 20/1 Lord Brendy