Flat is back at Catterick Racecourse

The flat is back at Catterick Racecourse with a seven-race card at the track on Wednesday to get the Summer season underway.

Racing kicks off at a 1.55pm with a ten-runner apprentice handicap and rounds off with a five furlong dash at 5pm to bring the card to a close.

The opener is a 5f sprint for horses older than four and veteran course and distance winner Rockley Scott holds strong claims to get his season off to a winning start at the second attempt, having fallen just short when second in a Newcastle handicap nine days ago.

The chief threat will likely come from Captain Corcoran, another course and distance scorer with the blinkers on for the first time.

Race two (2.25pm) sees 11 runners tackle the 5f sprint distance and Wichahpi looks to be the play, having performed well last season and closing it out with a second at Newcastle. Improvement is expected here from the three-year-old and she can kick off her season in fine style.

The third race of the afternoon (2.55pm) sees Sugarpiehoneybunch, the winner of this race last year, return to the scene having not had a great impact on the all-weather but clearly loves Catterick and the conditions and could spring a big-price surprise here. Heatherdown Hero will likely push her all the way off the back of a win at Newcastle in March and The Knot Is Tied, a previous course winner, also enters calculations.

Race four (3.25pm) should see further progress from Eye Of Dubai, a second-place finisher twice last season before being gelded over the summer so can go one better on seasonal debut at Catterick. The main danger could come from Moon Solitaire for the Karl Burke yard, one that is handy when bringing newcomers to the track.

The fifth race of the afternoon (3.55pm) sees course second Langholm step up in trip having finished second in a five-runner handicap last season at this track, while race six (4.27pm) should go the way of Soul Stinger, twice second on the all-weather over the winter and down in trip here for trainer Tim Easterby.

Finally, the card comes to a close with the 5f handicap in class five at 5pm and Slainte Mhath, a three-time winner last season, can bounce back to form after six months off following a disappointing close to the last campaign when trailing home last of six at Hamilton.

Catterick selections – Wednesday (via Grosvenor Sport)

1.55 – Rockley Scott

2.25 – Wichahpi

2.55 – Sugarpiehoneybunch

3.25 – Eye Of Dubai

3.55 – Langholm

4.27 – Soul Stinger

5.00 – Slainte Mhath

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