Catterick’s National Hunt season continues at the track on Wednesday with another seven-race card over the obstacles at the track.
Racing gets underway at 12.50 with a veterans’ handicap chase where the old guard take centre stage, before rounding off at 4.10 with a bumper where those of a younger persuasion will get their chance to shine – all shown live on Racing TV.
Up first is the veterans handicap, where seven runners are set to head to post to tackle the 3m1f test for horses aged ten and over. Rath An Vuir looks the one to beat on form, arriving at Catterick off the back of a win at Kelso in December. 12-year-old Innisfree Lad is perhaps the main challenger, with a win at Doncaster and a third at Ludlow on his two most recent starts.
Race two of the afternoon (1.20) is a 14-runner novices hurdle and Yes Day, a solid fifth in the Albert Bartlett Trial in December, will likely take the beating here for trainer Jonjo O’Neill. One More Strike heads the challengers, with a second in a Musselburgh bumper on his last outing and he tackles obstacles for the first time at Catterick.
The third race on the card is a handicap chase at 1.50 and plenty have chances to take the win and £3657 in prize money. Among the frontrunners is Sadler’s Bay, who has hit the frame twice in his last two runs and Event Of Sivola, with a recent win at Hexham and a second over course and distance on New Year’s Day under his belt.
The in-form Herakles Westwood bids to make it a hat trick of wins in race four on the card (2.25) having scored at both Lingfield and Fontwell since the beginning of November for trainer Warren Greatrex. The very consistent Autumn Return heads the chasing pack, with two wins and three seconds in her last three runs.
The midway point of the card arrives at 3.00 with a novices handicap chase where Hokelami bids to make it back-to-back wins having scored at Market Rasen last time out. Among the other ten runners, Empty Nest is probably the pick of them with a third and fourth over this course on his prior two outings.
Race six (3.35) should go the way of We Still Believe, a strong second in a Musselburgh handicap last time out and who should improve here, while the final race of the afternoon (4.10) looks to be all about Wendigo for trainer Jamie Snowden, a winner of a Hexham bumper on his previous outing and a third before that on rules debut.
Catterick selections – via Cheltenham odds
12.50 – Rath An Vuir
1.20 – Yes Day
1.50 – Event Of Sivola
2.25 – Herakles Westwood
3.00 – Hokelami
3.35 – We Still Believe
4.10 – Wendigo