Jumps season come to close at Catterick with Ladies Day

2023 Vickers.Bet North Yorkshire Grand National Winner – BUSHYPARK, ridden by Tommy Dowson and trained by Philip Kirby. Credit: Hannah Ali.

The jumps season comes to a close at Catterick today with the Countryside Ladies Day at the track with a competitive seven-race card on offer for punters.

Racing gets underway at 2.15 before rounding off with the final race over obstacles for the season at 4.45 – all shown live on Racing TV –  with a brief respite for the ground to recover before the Flat season kicks off on April 3.

The opening race on Wednesday’s card is a seven-runner claiming hurdle in class four, with seven runners set to head to post to tackle the 1m7f trip. Baron De Middleton for trainer Ben Ellison returned to some sort of form with a third at Newcastle last time out and can improve for that run here, while the chief threat is likely to come from Foveros, who was up and down when with powerhouse trainer Willie Mullins but looks much more settled with his new trainer Henry Oliver, heading to Catterick off the back of a second at Leicester five weeks ago.

The second contest (2.45) is a seven-runner handicap chase in class five and the one to beat is My Gift To You for trainer James Owen, who is bidding for a fifth success of the season and can defy a 4lb hike in the weights for a runners-up finish at Southwell last time out,

Race three (3.15) is a mares novices’ hurdle with six runners tackling the 1m6f distance. Lily Du Berlais is stepping down in grade here and is of big interest returning after an 11-month absence. Sweet Fantasy scored at the first time of asking for the aforementioned Owen yard and rates the main danger.

The midway point of the card is reached at 3.45 and Hatson Clermont is the selection, having split a couple of subsequent winners when second at Cheptstow on January 30, narrowly failing in his bid for a hat trick, while race five sees course and distance winner Burrows Hall aim for back to back wins in the 4.10 contest.

Finally, the card comes to a close with the hunters chase over the long 3m1f trip and the in-form Gaboriot is taken to succeed here ahead of Percussion, who has performed well over the bigger fences at Aintree and Jerrysback, who has a long absence to defy to be among the winners here.

Catterick selections – Wednesday (via Betfair)

 

2.15 – Baron De Middleton

2.45 – My Gift To You

3.15 – Lily Du Berlais

3.45 – Hatson Clermont

4.10 – Burrows Hall

4.45 – Gaboriot