Owen’s 675-1 Sunday double after his monster 1,065-1 double winner on Saturday

Catterick Racecourse

I think Saturday will go down as somewhat of a red-letter day! Big-price winners are tough to find, so when two come in the same day, it’s one to really savour, especially when priced at 40/1 and 25/1. The Cob and Takingrisks hopefully made your Saturday, like it did mine, with the double paying a monstrous 1065-1!

It’ll take something special to top that, but I’m hoping to ride the wave! I’ve gone through Sunday’s racing and a pair of horses at huge prices have caught my attention. You can find all the reasoning below, and the very best of luck if you choose to follow!

Niven was a non-runner and was replaced by Star Max at 10:30am.


2.45 Naas – Star Max (25/1)

Celebrating The 2020 ITBA Award Winners Handicap Hurdle 

A dual winner over hurdles, Star Max was unable to break through over fences in eight attempts for Joseph O’Brien. There were plenty of positive efforts, however, and a return to hurdling can only help matters.

He ran a great race on return to hurdles at Fairyhouse two starts ago, finishing fourth in a competitive handicap. A subsequent run at Leopardstown was below his best, but three miles ultimately was a bridge too far.

Cutting back to two miles could work the oracle for him and Hugh Morgan returns to the plate, removing a handy five pounds. He’ll love the heavy ground and at 25/1, he looks hugely overpriced.


3.40 – Carla Koala (40/1)

Betway Casino Classified Stakes

She’s yet to score in fifteen starts, but Carla Koala has shaped with promise on multiple occasions and she won’t find a better opportunity than this to open her account.

Gary Hanmer’s mare posted a career-best effort over course and distance two starts ago, finishing powerfully into fourth. Missing the break certainly didn’t help matters, but she flew when a gap was found in the straight.

A subsequent run at Newcastle three days ago was disappointing, but she’s capable of far better, especially with a strong pace to aim at. Dropping into a classified race is another positive and this certainly isn’t the strongest of races.

Aiden Brookes retains the ride and takes seven pounds off her back, which can only help, and a return to Wolverhampton is another tick. At an opening price of 40/1, she looks overpriced in my eyes.


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