Paul Ferguson has one tip for us on Friday; Wessex King (2.20 Catt). 07.45: Catterick Abandoned.
Rather like last week, Friday looks a bit low-key ahead of another potentially busy and informative Saturday.
Should Catterick pass an 8am inspection, the day’s sole selection is Wessex King (2:20) in the hope that he gets his jumping together now he enters handicap company (has made errors recently).
A useful hurdler, the son of Second Empire won at the second time of asking over fences and has subsequently ran well on two occasions at Bangor, when the trip would have stretched his stamina.
Back to this trip last time, he was still travelling reasonably well when unseating four out at Aintree, leaving classy hurdler Medermit to stroll home in his own time.
Alan King’s grey was just getting the better of the argument at the time, but he has since won a decent Plumpton novice chase before finishing runner-up in the Dipper at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.
Wessex King could, therefore, be well treated on a mark of 122 and, if his jumping stands the test, he could reward the long round trip of trainer Henry Daly.
Jockey, Andrew Tinkler, also makes a long trip up north for this sole ride and the seven-year-old is worth taking a chance on.
2:20 Catterick Wessex King
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Last year’s selections included:
Hurricane Fly: 3/1 winner of the G1 Rabobank Champion Hurdle
Copper Bleu: 12/1 winner of the Jewson at Cheltenham
Great Endeavour: 18/1 winner of the Festival Plate
Tranguil Sea: 11/2 winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup
Sizing Europe: 6/1 winner of the Arkle
Weapon’s Amnesty: 10/1 winner of the RSA Chase