National Hunt season continues at Catterick Racecourse

The National Hunt season carries on apace at Catterick on Tuesday with a competitive six-race meeting on offer for punters.

Racing gets underway at 2.20 with a female jockeys’ handicap hurdle in class five, before rounding off at 4.50 with a class four handicap hurdle – with all races shown live on Racing TV. 

Up first is the handicap hurdle and 13 runners are set to head to post to tackle the 2m3f trip. Bell Na Bann and Lifetime Legend will lock horns once again – as they did in this race last season with the former getting the better of the latter. Lifetime Legend is now 11lb lower in the weights than he was when runner up last year and is taken to get the better of Bell Na Bann this time around.

Race two (2.50) is a class three handicap chase over the 2m4f distance and Prairie Wolf is of major interest, back down in grade having got off the mark over fences on his penultimate start at Doncaster and following it up with a good third at Cheltenham in January. The main danger could come from Carigeen Castle, a maiden over hurdles but who has landed back to back wins over fences – but the handicapper has whacked him with a 10lb penalty so needs to overcome that disadvantage here.

The third race on the card (3.20) is a 1m7f handicap chase and eight runners are set to line up at the start. Treaty Boy had a winning course and distance debut over fences on his last run at Catterick and is expected to go well once again for his new yard, having moved from Rebecca Menzies. Chase A Fortune got back to form with a third at Catterick last time out and provides the biggest threat to Treaty Boy here.

Race four (3.50) looks to be all about Stay If U Want To, a progressive performer for the Jonjo O’Neill yard who makes his debut over obstacles at Catterick having scored in a bumper 96 days ago at Market Rasen.

The penultimate race on the card (4.20) is a 3m1f handicap chase and of six runners taking part, the selection is for Dr Kananga, who bounced right back to form when landing a runners up finish at Fontwell a fortnight ago with new blinkers applied. Course and distance winner Mister Bells is the biggest threat.

Finally, the card comes to a close with the 3m1f handicap hurdle at 4.50 and it looks a very competitive race and hard to predict. The standout could well be Shantou Moon, who scored over course and distance last month before following up with a very creditable second in a Chepstow handicap hurdle.

 

Catterick selections (via Cheltenham Gold Cup odds)

  • 2.20 – Lifetime Legend
  • 2.50 – Carigeen Castle
  • 3.20 – Treaty Boy
  • 3.50 – Stay If U Want To
  • 4.20 – Dr Kananga
  • 54.50 – Shantou Moon