From Glorious Goodwood and Gregarious Galway (not sure that’ll catch on), to Soggy Catterick.
The North Yorkshire Longchamp that is Catterick Bridge hosts a competitive afternoon of low grade handicapping.
My father has undoubtedly conducted the most fastidious and comprehensive research on the merits of handicappers making quick reappearances. What I lack in fastidiousness and research I make up for in plagiarism, and, to paraphrase Newton ” If I have seen further than others, it’s by peeping over the shoulders of giants”.
Two Catterick horses embody the rapid re-strike principle. Often, in dealing with recent winners, weight penalties offset the advantage, but with recent second places no such burden exists.
Step forward Lady Joanna Vassa (1445 BST), second 5 days ago at a muddy Ffos Las but able to run here off a mark 2lbs lower as her new rating is yet to kick in. She has winning form off higher ratings and need only repeat last weeks effort to triumph again.
Later (1545), Rose Eclair also looks to go one better than when 2nd of 14 at Redcar last week. She gets the same mark today and a course that suits her prominent racing style. Add in the bang in form Rachel Richardson in the saddle and this one can go close too.
Here’s hoping some inherited wisdom can steer us to a couple of logical winners.
Lady Joanna Vassa (1445 Catterick), 1pt win, 11/2 Paddy Power
Rose Eclair (1545 Catterick), 1pt win, 4/1 generally available
Lady Joanna Vassa & Rose Eclair, 0.5pt each way double. (approx 32/1)
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