Huge gamble in progress as Catterick runner plunges to 16-1 from 66-1

Catterick Racecourse

Another day, and another huge gamble in progress! While tracing through the market movers this morning, I stumbled across a Mark Walford-trained horse, who has come in for relentless support since last night. He opened up at 66-1, but the money has come down from somewhere, and he’s now a best priced 16-1!

Today’s racing comes from six venues, with meetings at Lingfield, Uttoxeter and Catterick this afternoon. The evening action comes from Killarney, Yarmouth and Wolverhampton. Once you’ve taken a look at this enormous gamble, make sure to check out our horse racing tips!

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4.40 Catterick – Watch Racing TV Now Median Auction Maiden Stakes

When gambles form on lightly-raced horses, it always adds an extra element of mystery. Horses at the start of their careers can run poorly on their first few starts, before a change in training routine or a mental switch flips, and they find exponential improvement.

That is the hope with Mehraki Star, a son of Mehmas who has hit the racetrack twice in his career thus far. On pedigree, he’s bred to be a useful sort, with his Dam being a full sister to prolific All-Weather scorer Viola Park.

His two starts thus far have seen him beaten ten lengths at both Hamilton and Newcastle, though he did shape fairly on the latter occasion. Pitched into a very competitive novice race, he was too keen in the early strides. He kept on well enough, however, and wasn’t totally disgraced.

It’s still very early days for him and a return to the turf could be just what he needs. He does need to find improvement, but it wouldn’t need to be exponential for him to be playing a leading role in this contest.

Mehmas has made a great start as a sire and Mehraki Star is certainly bred for speed, so it would be no surprise if things clicked together today and we saw this three-year-olds true ability.

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