Three meetings on Monday where weather watch is a must for punters as the first rain since 1922 falls at race tracks around the country – or so it feels.
Plumpton holds a competitive six-race card, while Catterick is where we head for the race of the day today. Wolverhampton is the all-weather action for flat fans on Monday.
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14:55 Plumpton – Sopran 6/4 OUT 2/1
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In the opening 13:00 at Catterick, trainer Tim Easterby will look for back to back wins in the contest with his runner Sheriff Garrett 8.07/1 and has booked jockey Tom Midgely for which the pair have a 38% strike rate.
In the 13:30 at Catterick, trainer Gillian Boanas is zero from ten over fences at this venue and saddles favourite Just Call Me Al 3.02/1, he could be worth taking on with Can You Call 3.55/2 for Evan Williams, who is three for nine 33% over fences at this venue.
Jockey Kielan Woods is three for three 100% on Omar Maretti 3.412/5, two of which have come here at Catterick. They partner in the 15:15.
Trainer Charlie Appleby has a 35% strike rate with three-year-olds at Wolverhampton. Today he runs Show Lights 4.03/1, Carnival Girl 4.3100/30, and Wilow Cove 5.59/2 in the 19:00. Jockey David Probert is on the former, and the pair have a 56% strike rate when teaming up.
The 19:30 at Wolverhampton looks like a highly competitive feature event. Power Of States 5.59/2 will bid for back to back wins off three pounds lower and has the advantage of a seven-pound claimer on board.
Horses for courses
This section highlights horses that have won twice or more at today’s tracks and could be in with a chance today.
Weighted to go well
“Weighted to go well” highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.
This section highlights a trainer, owner or jockey who is in excellent current form and their runners or rides for the day.
The trainer is just two for 23 at this venue, though.
Today’s furthest traveller is trainer Toby Lawes who sends Kannapolis 3.02/1 to Catterick in the 14:40 and has made the 270-mile journey. This is the trainers only runner of the day and his first runner at the venue.
Race of the day
We head to Catterick for their competitive 14:40 Handicap Hurdle, where a field of eight head to post. Catterick is due some rain between 9 am and 13:00, and with the dead eight runners, punting each way this morning could prove treacherous.
Nietzsche heads the market and returns to hurdles for the first time since 2019 and drops back to 2m for the first time in two years off of a reduced handicap mark.
He shaped well at Musselburgh over fences in January despite being readily brushed aside by the winner and nothing about this today looks right for him, in all honesty.
He will likely find this test at Catterick too sharp, and it would be no surprise to see him running on at the finish to claim a place. It is rather suspicious to see him at the head of affairs when many others have solid claims to today’s throne.
One of those is Kannapolis, who ran a screamer on seasonal return off the back of a 394-day absence and is entitled to improve a good deal for that outing. That run was an improved effort, and the form looks strong with the fourth since a winner over fences and the third filling the same spot in the Betfair Hurdle.
He did best of those from on the sharp end of the pace, and he is 15 pounds better off with today’s rival Mick Maestro for a half-length defeat at Doncaster at the back end of last season.
He is unexposed in handicaps and has a progressive profile, so there is a lot to like about his chances today.
First Impression is another unexposed sort, and this is a drop into calmer waters than his latest Musselburgh effort, and while he doesn’t look thrown in off this mark, he could easily take another step forward and have a say.
His flat speed will be seen to good effect here at Catterick, but his run style suggests that he will be seen to better effect when stepping up in distance. Still, he ought to be playing a hand in this contest.
Big race verdict
A tricky contest, and no doubt one of the runners will defect, leaving each-way place terms just two places. Kannapolis surely has more to offer, and if building on his latest run, he could take plenty of stopping in this contest. Toby Lawes hopefully will not have a wasted journey with his progressive seven-year-old, who holds excellent claims at the weights and in the form book.
Timeform offer up Catterick corkers!
Timeform’s Andrew Asquith highlights a NAP, Next Best and Each Way selection at Catterick on Monday…
It’s a quiet Monday’s racing, but hopefully, Kannapolis can pull it out of the bag to kick start the week right. I am currently taking a small break from the world of social media (other than work posts) to try and cleanse the brain on the run-up to Cheltenham. I try and do it every year to avoid any opinions on races as I try to solidify my book of bets for the Festival and make copious notes without outside distractions.
We are at a point now where we are just four weeks (and one day) away from Cheltenham, and we still don’t know which way half of the runners will go for what races. That’s the current frustration when you have a good handful lined up, but patience is a virtue, and fingers crossed, it will pay off.
Until tomorrow, be lucky.
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