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Dave Nevison's Tuesday tips: Easterby to have the answers at Catterick

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Tue 25 Aug 2020

After 72 hours of licking my wounds, I have just about got over hitting the crossbar with Glencadam Gold in the SkyBet Ebor and am hoping the same trainer, Tim Easterby, can get me off to a good start this week with a couple of winners at Catterick.

It’s a quieter week all round after the excitement of such great racing at York, but it kicks off with lots of decent-sized fields in handicaps, so we have chances.

2.25 Catterick: Jewel Maker

Has not won since taking maiden at Cork in 2018 but got a rating of 87 for that and has struggled against that kind of lofty mark and spent a long time running over extended trips that didn’t suit him.

Now 25lb lower and running in sprint handicaps, it looked last time like the addition of cheekpieces last time were the final piece of the jigsaw required to get him to win. Proven in the prevailing soft ground this is not as competitive for the grade as his most recent start at Hamilton and he certainly has his chance.

2.55 Catterick: Deft

There are one or two lightly-raced improvers in this, as well as consistent types like Nataleena who has a notably good strike rate for a modest stayer. None look to have got in as lightly as Deft, however, who will definitely not be the best filly ever trained by Ralph Beckett but can surely win handicaps off a mark in the low 70s.

Eyecatching late gains here for Deft at Newbury on her latest start

She was staying on very nicely to be fourth in a decent novice at Newbury last time over 10 furlongs and with oodles of stamina in her pedigree along with soft ground winners, she looks sure to improve over this trip. The form of that latest run looks rock-solid with the third horse winning easily subsequently at Doncaster.

3.25 Catterick: Mr Carpenter

Shouldn’t have been sent off at 100/1 last time out as he had some good form in the book and had been sent to a good trainer and entered over a trip that looked likely to suit. Well done to those who spotted his chance as they certainly won’t be getting those odds this time.

Fluke result? Or a great start for canny new connections? Mr Carpenter wins at 100-1.

The handicapper seems to have taken an overly-modest view of his win, possibly in light of his starting price, but he did it well and almost certainly merited a bigger raise than the 2lb allotted. If anything, this is a weaker race and if I am right about that not being a fluke he has a great chance to follow up. Being by Mastercraftsman, soft ground should actually suit him better.

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