We have been making hay (or at least mud) in the array of regional Nationals this year and we are venturing north of the Watford Gap for Catterick’s North Yorkshire National.
A nine runner field says much about the prestige levels here, but some local trainers have doubtless made this a target.
Last year’s placed horses Gonalston Cloud and Itstimeforapint (yes please) have softer ground to deal with – that may suit “the pint” but both look likely to place at best again.
Sun Cloud’s 10yo form burst of three wins in four came directly from a switch back to hurdling – these aren’t the toughest fences but doubts persist.
We like I Just Know, who comes from the local Sue Smith yard and may well have had this race in mind since winning a chase here last February with a fine front running effort on soft ground.
His campaign this season has looked very much like one with a future plan, and here he is just 6lbs higher than that course win and with conditions and a running style to suit.
Sue will have be delighted by the low turn out, and he should be able to dominate. This looks like a price that could halve…
Recommendation: I Just Know, (1435 Catterick), 1pt win, 10/3 Stan James, 3s elsewhere
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