Our resident tipster fancies a couple of runners at Catterick this afternoon, with the double paying a tasty 25/1.
With the Newmarket July meeting almost upon us, today’s moderate fare makes little appeal and stakes should be kept small.
That said, there are a couple catching the eye up at Catterick including David O’Meara’s SIGNORINA ROSEINA in the 7f handicap (due off 5.00pm). It’s one of the more competitive races at the North Yorkshire track with 15 set to go to post and that should ensure we get a decent price on the selection, who has run well on all three of her starts this term.
After showing next to nothing in three juvenile runs, she was allowed to go off at 20/1 on her reappearance over 6f here in eay June, yet there was no fluke about her neck success over Bondi Beach Babe, who franked the form when winning at Beverley subsequently. She could only finish fourth on her next start at Leicester over a furlong less but was keeping on well at the finish after hitting a flat spot, and it was the same story when upped back to 6f at Thirsk last time.
Both those latest defeats suggest she will relish the step up to 7f and with just six career starts under her belt, there is every chance she can go on improving. Certainly, she promises to be a good deal better than her current handicap mark of 56 and she carries bottom weight here thanks to Shelley Birkett’s 3lb claim. With her stable continues in rip-roaring form, there’s plenty to like.
The 2m handicap (due off 4.30pm) looks just as competitive but there must be every chance that Tim Easterby’s HOT SPICE can follow up his all-the-way Thirsk success of seven days ago under a 6lb penalty, despite this being a tougher race. The seven-year-old seems to thrive at this time of the year and was taking his late June/July form figures to 1111 when beating Dr Irv by two and a quarter lengths.
Interestingly, he beat the same horse over course and distance last July, making all on that occasion too, and that was following on from a previous Redcar win, showing he’s well capable of winning back-to-back races. His penalty means he runs off 74 this afternoon, just 2lb higher than when scoring here 12 months ago, and he should again prove hard to catch under Graham Gibbons (3-6 on the horse) from what looks a favourable draw in stall two.
A double on the above two selections pays a tasty 25/1 with bet365 at current odds, which are ‘Best Odds Guaranteed’ of course.