It is bread and butter stuff at Catterick on Wednesday afternoon but hopefully I can be on the right one of Sir Mark Prescott’s apparent good things on the card.
12.45 Catterick: Buniann
It is difficult for me to understand why this horse has a lower mark on turf (69) than his all-weather rating (73) as my reading of his limited turf runs tells me he is a modest but promising performer.
He has progressed into a consistent medium grade handicapper on the all-weather in the past six months and I see no reason he cannot transfer that ability to turf.
His draw in 12 may not be ideal but I would be more worried about that if he were racing on very quick ground.
Both his trainer, Paul Midgley, who fields three other runners, and jockey, Kevin Stott, are in great form.
1.20 Catterick: Pleasure Garden
It has only taken 40 years but the official handicappers are gradually getting to grips with Sir Mark Prescott’s methodology and they often now have to run four times or even five before they get a mark of around 50.
Once achieved, handicaps and extra distance invariably means they are well-in and show improvement.
Pleasure Garden has followed this well-trodden path and won last time in the style of a horse certain to progress further.
The step up in trip will be no hardship and it is basically impossible to imagine any of his rivals having the same potential.
4.20 Catterick: Black Star Dancing
Caribeno is another typical Sir Mark Prescott runner but he was surprisingly weak in the market for his handicap debut at Chepstow and was beaten ten lengths after labouring throughout.
I wasn’t impressed but his presence here, in a first-time visor, means I might be able to back one each-way at a bigger price than he should be.
Keith Dalgleish’s three-year-old, Black Star Dancing, is probably too slow to get himself out of trouble but has arguably been unlucky on his past two outings and has shown better form than most in this.
Danny Tudhope is too good a jockey to get it wrong three times in a row and I am hoping for a strong run at a value price.Get your free Racing TV fleece - the latest in our range of high-class Racing TV merchandise! Click here for more details.
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