Racing tipster James Boyle has picked out two selections from Catterick.
No luck with Saturday’s two runners, unfortunately. Arbalet hated the lack of pace in his contest and pulled too hard in the blinkers, but still shaped all right. He’s frustrating but a flat-out gallop over 7f will suit better and his turn is near. Koditime gave himself no chance, pulling fiercely before weakening.
Dropping down into Class 6 company could help to spark TOBEEORNOTTOBEE back towards his best form and he looks overpriced to emerge victorious, as often seems to be the case with Declan Carroll’s Catterick runners; the yard are 9-64 here in the past five years and show a +53 level stakes profit.
The 3-year-old colt was relatively disappointing on the face of it at Beverley last time but failed to get a worthwhile racing position and when trying to make headway against the rail, there was nowhere to go. As a result of that, I’d be inclined to ignore the run and it was a hot race for the grade anyway.
Before that, he had shaped quite well at Pontefract and at Leicester over 6f on easier ground. With the handicapper relenting, a nice low stall to emerge from and plenty of potential pace to pull him into the equation, he could be set to take a step forward and I think the price is worth a play.
REEVES hasn’t kicked on as hoped this year and remains with just a single win from his 13 racecourse outings, but horses like him usually find their level again at some stage and down into a 0-80 handicap, away from Grade 1 tracks and against his fellow 3-year-old’s, this could be his day.
In first-time cheekpieces in May, the son of Tamayuz finished second at York to a 93-rated Space Blues and that former rival has placed in a couple of Group 1’s on his last two starts. It’s pretty safe to say that nothing else in this field has performed so well against a horse of such talent.
With the run coming when he wore headgear for the first time, another interesting angle today is the addition of a visor. If that has a similarly positive effect, there’s obviously room in his mark of 82 (3lbs below the Space Blues run) and the return to faster ground at a speed course can also help.
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