Flat season continues at Catterick Racecourse

The flat season continues apace at Catterick today with a competitive seven-race card to kick off the new week.

Racing gets underway at 1.47 seven furlong apprentice handicap in class six before rounding off at 4.47 with a 12-runner veterans’ handicap in class five.

The opener (1.47) sees four-time course and distance winner Mutanaseeq seek a fifth success at Catterick against 13 other rivals in the big field apprentice handicap. Saisons D’Or, another former C&D winner, holds claims having hit the frame in all four starts this season and Variety Island is aiming for back-to-back wins having ended a lengthy losing run at this track when last seen.

Phoenix Dreams is a big player in the second race on the card (2.17), fourth of 12 on debut at Thirsk last month and looked very open to more progress as he tackles this 7f novice stakes in class five. The chief threat can come from Disclosure for trainer George Boughey, second of 11 in a minor Wolverhampton event in November and the step up in trip at Catterick should suit.

Race three (2.47) is a 1m7f handicap in class five and eight runners are set to head to post. Preference is for Greek Giant, who is unexposed in this sphere who had a career-best win when landing a Chelmsford handicap last month and followed up with a second at the same track.

The midway point of the card arrives with the sprint handicap over 5f at 3.17 and preference is for Willolarupi, who can go one better than when being chinned on the line at Beverley last time out. Race five (3.47) can go the way of Sherdil, who has scored on back-to-back runs on the all-weather at Newcastle and can make it a hat-trick of wins now being switched to the turf at Catterick.

The penultimate race of the afternoon (4.17) sees 12 runners tackle the 1m4f handicap in class six and fourteen-race maiden Twoforthegutter has his best chance of finally getting off the mark having finished second at Catterick on his last run.

Finally, the card comes to a close with the 5f veterans handicap for horses older than six years old and the selection here is for Hail Sezer in a tricky looking contest. The Geoffrey Harker-trained seven-year-old is off a workable mark following a seven-month absence so will need to defy that but is preferred to Langholm, a previous course winner who was also second at Catterick just under a fortnight ago.


Catterick selections – Monday (via horse racing odds)

1.47 – Mutanaseeq

2.17 – Phoenix Dreams

2.47 – Greek Giant

3.17 – Willolarupi

3.47 – Sherdil

4.17 – Twoforthegutter

4.47 – Hail Sezer


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