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Catterick Racing Tips: Sidi Ismael can make it four in a row

Timeform’s Adam Houghton highlights a Nap, Next Best and Each-Way selection at Catterick on Thursday.

“Sidi Ismael took another step forward when completing a hat-trick at Market Rasen on Boxing Day, relishing the extra distance as he stayed on well to win by nearly four lengths.”

NAP: Sidi Ismael is a progressive staying chaser

Sidi Ismael – 14:40 Catterick

Sidi Ismael took another step forward when completing a hat-trick at Market Rasen on Boxing Day, relishing the extra distance as he stayed on well to win by nearly four lengths. His strength at the finish suggests he won’t have any issue with this marathon trip, and it would be folly to rule out further progress given the blistering start he has made to life with the David Pipe yard. This will be his toughest test yet from a BHA mark of 135, 8 lb higher than at Market Rasen, but he is fancied to prove equal to the challenge to make it four from four over fences.



Trainer: David Pipe
Jockey: Tom Scudamore
Age: 8
Weight: 11st 10lbs
OR: 135

NEXT BEST: Diplomacy looks the way to go

Art of Diplomacy – 15:10 Catterick

Art of Diplomacy made a winning debut for Dr Richard Newland at Ludlow in November, quickly asserting on the run-in to land the spoils by over four lengths. That success earned him an 8 lb rise in the weights and he went on to produce a career best in defeat when filling the runner-up spot at Hereford nine days ago, once again showing a good attitude to pass the post a little over a length behind the winner. He can race from the same mark here and another bold bid is expected provided this doesn’t come too soon.



Trainer: Dr Richard Newland
Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
Age: 6
Weight: 11st 2lbs
OR: 110

EACH-WAY: Pearl Warrior can pay his way

Pearl Warrior – 15:40 Catterick

Pearl Warrior found one too good on his handicap debut over hurdles at Market Rasen six weeks ago, leading for much of the race but unable to respond when challenged before the final flight. Still beaten only two and a half lengths, Pearl Warrior is fitted with cheekpieces today and that could give him the edge he needs to get off the mark over hurdles. It’s worth noting that he showed fairly useful form on the Flat in his prime and often when wearing headgear.



Trainer: Iain Jardine
Jockey: Conor O’Farrell
Age: 6
Weight: 11st 0lbs
OR: 108

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