Preview of seven-race card at Catterick Racecourse

Tuesday sees the start of Royal Ascot much further south than Catterick but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any racing elsewhere – and Catterick hosts a seven-race card on Tuesday afternoon.

Racing gets underway at 2.15 with the track with an amateur jockeys’ handicap in class six before rounding off at 5.25 with a nine runner handicap, also in class six.

The opening race of Catterick’s card (2.15) sees nine runners head to the stalls and take on the one mile and four furlong trip. Natchez Trace for trainer Declan Carroll looks to be the one to beat, a decent third of 12 last time out at Fakenham and also has a fourth under his belt at Haydock in this sphere so very much warrants consideration ahead of The Dancing Poet, a four-time course and distance winner who has one win from three starts this season.

Race two on the Tuesday card (2.50) is a novice stakes over the five furlong sprint distance in class five, with 11 runners set to contest it. Educating Rita for trainer Michael Dods is a promising two-year-old and was a neck second to Jm Jhingree, whop re-opposes here, at Redcar and debut and is taken to get the better of her rival here with a 7lb weight advantage owing to that Redcar win for Jm Jhingree.

Refuge heads the shortlist for race three on the Catterick card (3.30) as nine runners tackle the five furlong handicap in class six, a good fourth in in a Redacr handicap a fortnight ago at big odds and is nudged down 2lb in the weights as well at Catterick. Of his rivals, Birkenhead is one to consider winning a seven-runner handicap over course and distance 26 days ago and can defy a 5lb rise in the weights for that success.

Twelve runners will take on the extended five furlong handicap in class four, which is race four on Catterick’s card (4.10) and preference here is for Labalaba, who improved when runner up at Lingfield earlier this month and is still relatively unexposed. Course and distance second previously, Crypto Quest for trainer Gemma Tutty, is another to consider here on the back of good course form.

The penultimate race on Catterick’s card (4.50) is the class four handicap over seven furlongs, with ten runners heading to the start. Preference here is for Sea The Dream, who got back to form at York when finishing second at York 19 days ago. There could be a stern test however from the Tim Easterby-trained Mister Sox, who made it two wins from two starts at Catterick when taking a nine runner handicap 18 days ago and can defy a 4lb hike in the weights for that success.

Finally, the Catterick card comes to a close with the one mile and four furlong handicap in class six for three-year-old’s (5.25) and nine runners are set to tackle the track. A lightly-race maiden in Honrado looks primed to score for the first time, looking as if he can handle the longer trip when fourth at Lingfield on his last spin and preferred here to Infinite Honour, second at Carlisle last time out and is stepping up in distance here.

Catterick selections – Tuesday (via Betfair)


2.15 – Natchez Trace

2.50 – Educating Rita

3.30 – Refuge

4.10 – Labalaba

4.50 – Sea The Dream

5.25 – Honrado