Eleven runners set to tackle Catterick’s richest race

Catterick Racecourse.

Catterick Racecourse’s richest day of the season and its feature meeting of the calendar arrives on Saturday, with the £20,000 Catterick Dash the highlight of the campaign getting underway at 3.40.

Before and after the feature race, there is plenty of competitive racing action across a competitive seven-race card with all races shown live on Racing TV.

Up first is a novice stakes race over 7f (1.45) where Mercury Day for trainer Ralph Beckett looks to be the one to beat off the back of a promising fourth on debut at Newmarket 17 days ago. The chief challenge could come from Bubbles Wonky, who also finished fourth in their last outing.

Race two of the afternoon sees 11 runners tackle the 5f sprint at 2.20. Ludden Lass was a strong third off a break when last seen at Southwell and should be well in the mix here, along with the likes of Hamlet, who was a winner on debut but runs under a 5lb penalty here as a result.

The third race on the card is a veterans handicap at 3.00 and sees a former course and distance winner in Oso Rapido return to the scenes of one his best successes and also arrives off a good second in a York handicap on his last run. Broken Speak and Ramiro should be bang in contention as well, the former having been a fine winner at Leicester back in May.

Race four is the feature race of the afternoon – the Catterick Dash. Wen Moon got back to winning ways at York last time out and should go close again here despite being penalised by the handicapper for that previous success.

Vintage Clarets could be well in the frame too off the back of a success on the Knavesmire at York while Count d’Orsay cannot be discounted – a previous course and distance winner but beaten by Wen Moon at York eight days ago.

The fifth race on the card has the Alice Haynes-trained legal Reform aim to back up a quick fire hat trick in the Spring when making his turf return at Catterick at 4.20. Quest For Fun was a York winner back in July and hold strong claims here as well, looking likely to be the chief challenger to Legal Reform.

Valley Of Flowers is a very in-form mare and holds the strongest claims of all in the penultimate race on the card at 4.55, a 1m4f contest in class four. Jockey Joanna Mason has steered Valley Of Flowers to a rapid hat trick this season and is on board once again on Saturday and is dropping bacon in trip as well – she’s the one to beat by some distance.

Finally, the card is rounded off with a 1m5f handicap for apprentice jockeys. Sugarpiehoneybunch is a previous winner at Catterick and will be bang in the mix once again despite being 2lb out of the handicap.

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