Flat season continues at Catterick Racecourse

The flat season continues at Catterick with its second card of the spring, which takes place at the track on Wednesday.

The seven-race card gets underway at 2.12pm with an apprentice handicap before rounding off at 5.25pm with another handicap, this time in class six.

The opener (2.12) sees 11 runners head to the starting stalls for the apprentice handicap in class six for horses aged four and over. Course and distance winner Astapor, a four-time winner last season, is back after 169 days off and is worth considering on previous form but the preference is for Zoom Star, a dual course and distance winner last term who needed the run when finishing fifth of nine on seasonal return at Catterick earlier this month.

Race two (2.47) is a restricted novices stakes over five furlongs in class five and Moral Standards is the pick of the bunch, second of nine at Pontefract when last seen at whopping odds of 150/1 and is very much a leading contender. The main threat could come from Northerner, who is open to improvement after a second place finish at Wetherby ten months ago on her last run.

The third race of the afternoon (3.17) sees the Tom Easterby-trained Vince L’Amour turned out quickly having won six days ago at Ripon and is well in contention again provided the turnaround isn’t too quick and can defy a hike in the weights for that success.

Race four (3.47) is a class six handicap over the 1m4f distance and ten runners are set to head to the start, with the best on form The Dancing Poet for trainer Brian Ellison, a four-time winner at Catterick who disappointed last time out at this track but is worth chancing again on better ground.

Alafdahl built on a second place finish at Bath earlier this season by winning at Pontefract on Monday and holds leading claims in race five (4.17), a 5f handicap in class five. Little Muddy was a creditable third of 11 in a Doncaster handicap last month on season return and should be in the frame here, while Tyler Bay is another of interest having finished third of seven at Lingfield when last seen on the all-weather surface.

The penultimate race on the card (4.50) sees another four-time Catterick winner in Mr Strutter return to a favoured track having disappointed last time out, seventh of ten 21 days ago. Beauty Choice, trained by Mick Easterby, is the selection however, with a course and distance win under his belt at Catterick on April 3.

Finally, the card comes to a close with the 7f handicap in class six (5.25), with nine runners taking part. Bestie is a lightly-raced sort who was seventh of eight when last seen but is back up in trip here to 7f having impressed over this distance when last running it. The main threat comes from Havana Prince, who was eight of nine at Southwell last time out but has better previous form than some of his competitors in the finale.


Catterick selections (via Punchestown odds)

2.12 – Astapor

2.47 – Moral Standards

3.17 – Vince L’Amour

3.47 – The Dancing Poet

4.17 – Tyler Bay

4.50 – Beauty Choice

5.25 – Bestie