2.40 Catterick: Class 6 Handicap, 5f
Birdie Bowers finally gets his conditions and he should be capable of much better than the price suggest. On turf he clearly needs better ground to be seen to best effect, and he gets it here.
The majority of his last runs were quite good and noteworthy, especially those on turf in softish conditions, including this course and distance, when he also ran a solid speed rating.
He confirmed his well-being with a good effort in competitive Handicap at Newcastle where 6f and the stiff finish were stretching him too much after going a strong pace as well.
He continues to fall in the ratings, can race now off 2lb lower than his last winning mark, when he won at Beverley on decent ground last August off 51.
10pts win – Birdie Bowers @ 12/1
3.40 Catterick: Class 6 Handicap, 6f
Favourite Ghost Lights is obvious interest as one of my eyecatchers. However, I feel he is better over 7 furlongs and is short enough a price to take on, with that in mind.
Azaim is another one who caught the eye – last time out at Musselburgh: after a sluggish first furlong he pushed forward to lead at a seriously fast pace, certainly in the first half of the race, before he fell away rapidly from over 2f out.
This was also a hot race with first and second very well-handicapped, hence the performance warrants an upgrade.
He doesn’t stay 7 furlongs, and neither did he have a chance to get home in the majority of his recent races. Still lightly enough raced, he’s an intriguing runner as he drops down to 6f.
10pts win – Azaim @ 9/1
4.10 Catterick: Class 6 Handicap 6f
I’m interested in Captain Kirkup after his recent run but probably these aren’t his ideal conditions, so worth to wait for another day. However Lezardrieux showed great form the last two runs and has a strong chance here.
On his penultimate run at Newcastle he went really hard from the front, set a strong pace and travelled strongly. he was challenged from 2f out but remained in front until fading late.
It was a strong race with a good speed rating and it was noteworthy that he was able to follow up next time at Catterick with another strong run .
He was rather unfortunate as it was quite tight around the first bend and he was repeatedly short of room in the home straight, though.
This is a hot enough contest, but he’s got a good draw and is clearly in excellent form, ready to win.
10pts win – Lezardrieux @ 11/2
7.52 Chelmsford: Class 6 Handicap, 7f
Love Destiny has been running better in recent weeks than the bare form would tell. He caught the eye at Kempton in March the way he stayed on after being seemingly beaten and I thought he travelled seriously well last time over this CD before going backwards.
He dropped dramatically in the weights and finds himself in a race today that could be set up perfectly for him. There isn’t much pace to compete with, so Atzeni could move quickly forward to try and steel it.
With first-time blinkers applied over Love Destiny’s preferred course and distance – he’s two from three here – he looks seriously overpriced.
10pts win – Love Destiny @ 11/1