First evening fixture of season to be held at Catterick

The first evening fixture of the new flat season takes place at Catterick on Tuesday with a competitive seven-race card at the track.

The card gets underway at 5.10 with a 13-runner handicap in class six before rounding off at 8.25 with a five-furlong handicap for apprentice jockeys.

The opener (5.10) is over the 7f 6y distance and 13 runners are set to head to post to kick things off. It’s a competitive opener but Langholm, a preview course and distance winner, is favoured to get his head over the line first ahead of Asmund, who can complete the top two with both having favourable weights to their advantage.

Race two (5.45) is an eight-runner fillies’ maiden stakes over the five-furlong distance and Englemere sets the standard, second of 14 in a novice contest at Bath last time out on debut 11 days ago and seven other runners need to step up to the mark to stop her.

The third race of the evening (6.20) is a tough one to call but slight preference goes to Tarbat Ness, who was sixth in a Wolverhampton contest 28 days ago and has the cheekpieces back on here. Sugarpiehoneybunch is another previous course winner but didn’t get the rub of the green at Catterick when last seen when fourth here last week.

The fourth race on the Catterick card (6.55) sees Object, a winner at Catterick last week, race again of that same winning mark having not been penalised by the handicapper and is the one to beat. The main threat could come from High Opinion, who was a good second at Nottingham last time out and was a winner at Newcastle back in November 2023.

Race five (7.25) should go the way of Showtime Mahomes, fifth of 10 in a Southwell handicap following five months off last month and should come on for that run, while Moral Standards is the one to beat in race six (7.55) on current form, third of six in a minor event at Catterick last week.

Finally, the card comes to a close with the eight-runner class five handicap (8.25) and preference is for Highjacked, who has won in 16 runs since 2021 but was a decent fifth at Thirsk last time out and is racing off an enticing weight here.

 

Catterick selections (via https://kentuckyderbybettingsites.net/)

5.10 – Langholm

5.45 – Englemere

6.20 – Tarbat Ness

6.55 – Object

7.25 – Showtime Mahomes

7.55 – Moral Standards

8.25 – Hijacked