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BELLE NA BANN TO STEP UP IN TRIP.

We have declared two for Catterick on Tuesday, where the going is currently described as good, good to firm in places.


Belle Na Bann goes first in the 2.45.pm, a 0-105 handicap hurdle over two miles and three furlongs, with Becky Smith back in the saddle. Belle Na Bann has run with promise on both of her starts since arriving at the yard, in races over two miles, and the gut feeling is that she will be at least as good over this longer trip. Looking back through her previous career form it appears that this consistent mare does act on a quicker surface, like the one she will encounter here.


Split The Bill took a step forward from his hurdles debut at Newcastle on good ground 12 days ago when finishing third to a couple of useful looking opponents, this was also a major step forward from his three bumper starts as well. At Newcastle he ran over two miles and one furlong, and after being outpaced he kept on well from two out. This sharper track may not play to his strengths, but he is progressing, and he will get a handicap mark after this. The race is a maiden hurdle over the extended one mile and seven furlongs at 3.45.pm, with Craig Nichol retaining the ride.


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Good luck to the connections, Ms D Morley, S Dobson & Partner and J N Swinbank.

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