A six-card meeting will take place at Catterick later today with all races shown live on Racing TV.
The meeting at Catterick gets underway at 1.30 with a maiden hurdle in class four and the card rounds off at 4.00 with a strong class three handicap chase.
The first race of the afternoon (1.30) looks a very competitive contest over 1m7f and the well-vred Speed Davis is respected most in the opener, showing much improved form to score easily in a bumper at Sedgefield last month. Pickanumber is of interest on debut for the Olly Murphy yard, having had six months off after a runner-up outing at Wexford last time out.
Race two (2.00) sees seven runners head to post for the 2m3f handicap hurdle, where course and distancer winner Hajey aims to get back to winning ways after a second on his last run but will have to defy a 4lb penalty at Catterick and a career-high mark to do it. Singapore Trip was a winning hurdler in France and has improved with each run since moving to England, finishing third last time out and can improve here.
Tap N Go Leo looks the one to beat in race three (2.30), making a strong start when landing a 15-runner Hereford bumper on debut and a strong looking third following up in a novice hurdle 30 days ago at Warwick. The Jonjo O’Neill-trained runner steps up in trip here and is the major player.
Race four (3.00) is a small field of four runners but it is an open race, with Val Dancer bidding for a hat trick of wins having scored comfortably at Wetherby last month to follow up a confident win at Leicester.
The penultimate race on the card at 3.30 is another strong contest which could go the way of For Pleasure, who is still handily handicapped on his grade two winning form of 2020 and also returns to the track having won on Boxing Day. The main threat is likely to come from the O’Neill-trained Holly, who was successful last time out at Market Rasen.
Finally, the card comes to a close at 4.00 with a 3m1f handicap chase, with all four runners in the field needing to show improvement. The most likely of those could be Omar Maretti, trained by Alex Hales, who won this race two years ago and is taken to bounce back to form.
Catterick selections – via Cheltenham odds
1.30 – Speed Davis
2.00 – Hajey
2.30 – Tap N Go Leo
3.00 – Val Dancer
3.30 – For Pleasure
4.00 – Omar Maretti