Steve Ryder is back with three tips for today's action, including two runners at Catterick and one at the Curragh.
This looks quite a weak 0-60 handicap and preference goes to the Simon Whitaker trained COUNTRY CHARM (best priced at 9-2) on his return to Catterick. The three-year-old won over this course and distance as a juvenile on only his second start which has proved to be the only time she has encountered soft ground in his career.
Country Charm has struggled in handicaps so far this season but ran well to finish 3rd over this course and distance in September when only beaten 3 ½ lengths. That run came off a mark of 63 and she has now dropped down to a mark of 56 having ran below form at both Redcar and Newcastle. The return to Catterick is a positive, as is the return to soft ground and connections now fit the filly with first time cheekpieces which should mean Country Charm runs well with four places on offer.
Six out of REDROSEZORRO (best priced at 10-3) eight career victories have come at Catterick and he now arrives here having ran well here 10 days ago. Last season the gelding won over this course and distance off marks of 70 and 75 before winning over 6f here off a mark of 80. The seven-year-old has now dropped down to a mark of 66 which is only 1lb higher than when only beaten ½ length by Dark Shot over 6f here last time.
Morgan Cole, claiming 7lb, rode Redrosezorro well last time and retains the partnership in this race. His previous three victories have come on soft, heavy and soft ground so this softer ground will suit and I expect him to prove hard to beat.
The Oliver McKiernan trained L’UN DEUX TROIS (best priced at 8-1) won here last time in first time cheekpieces and should hold strong claims off only a 5lb higher mark. The beat the reopposing Crassus over 1m4f last time and despite that rival now getting a 4lb swing in the weights for a ½ length defeat, the drop in trip to 1m2f is less likely to inconvenience the selection.
L’Un Deux Trois is once again ridden by the talented 5lb claimer Luke McAteer and I expect him to run well once again if avoiding the dreaded bounce factor with up to six places on offer.