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Daily Racing Multiple: Marown to make light work of handicap mark for 14/1 Monday double

Catterick’s card looks the most interesting on Monday, and Alan Dudman is hoping to convert some his recent winners into a double with a 14/1 twin selection…

“That was the quickest ground he had encountered, so that could have been a problem. But since he’s had wind surgery and with the handicapper dropping him down to 135, a whole 5lb, this looks a good starting point.”

Back Marown @ 3.814/5 in the 15:15 at Catterick

Trust in First Impression to conquer Nietzsche

Back First Impression @ 3/1 in the 14:40 at Catterick

SBK11/4

EXC4

Trainer: John Quinn
Jockey: Brian Hughes
Age: 5
Weight: 11st 9lbs
OR: 125

Snow Leopardess didn’t change her spots and produced an easy win yesterday for the column, but Night Narcissus met trouble yet again and was well beaten. Back to the drawing board for her, or the mirror. It was five winners in the last seven days, but only one double, so it would be nice to convert some of those chances.

Monday’s action involves small fields, especially at Plumpton, so we stick with Catterick and a couple of nice races await.

Nietzsche looks opposable as the favourite, as the 2m could be a bit too sharp far him. However, this should be First Impression’s bag, as he looked very good winning a 0-140 hurdle race in November from 120.

His jumping went to pieces at Musselburgh afterwards with a fall but he ran well to finish third on his latest hurdling start behind Tommy’s Oscar. Once again his jumping let him down with a round littered by mistakes.

Considering his ability on the Flat, he should be able to win a race from his current mark of 125 and can hopefully set us on the way.

Second season novice to get his campaign up and running

Back Marown @ 11/4 in the 15:15 at Catterick

SBK3/1

EXC4.2

Trainer: Nicky Richards
Jockey: Brian Hughes
Age: 8
Weight: 11st 8lbs
OR: 135

It’s the first run of the season for the Nicky Richards-trained Marown, who is going straight in the multiple today at 11/4.

His novice campaign over fences last term was a good one. Winning twice at Wetherby and Ayr and running well in Grade 2 company at Haydock. His jumping at Ayr in December 2020 was spot on, and he pulverised a field by 38L when stepped up to 3m at the Yorkshire venue. He got a good pace to run at there, and that seems to suit him. Catterick shouldn’t hold any fears.

He ran in the Champion Chase Handicap at the Scottish Grand National meeting on his final start but made a mistake early and never seemed to be travelling with his usual fluency. That was the quickest ground he had encountered, so that could have been a problem. But since he’s had wind surgery and with the handicapper dropping him down to 135, a whole 5lb, this looks a good starting point.

Unsurprisingly, his jockey Brian Hughes is the top man at Catterick this season with a 32% strike-rate with 8-25.

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