CORNERSTONE LAD TO FACE JUST TWO RIVALS.
We take a team of six to Catterick on Tuesday, where the going at the time of writing is good to soft, soft in places.
First up at 1.0.pm, is Brickadank in a 0-100 Female Jockeys only handicap hurdle over two miles and three furlongs, where he will be partnered by his regular jockey Becky Smith. Brickadank has been placed in four of his 14 hurdles races to date, but has yet to get his head in front. He has run with promise on a couple of occasions this season suggesting that there is a race in him, but he has been disappointing on his last three starts, and we shall see if the first time tongue tie can improve things.
Cornerstone Lad steps out of handicap company for the first time this season, and is clearly the pick of the weights. He goes to post for the 1.30.pm, a novices chase over two miles and three furlongs, with his regular jockey Conor O'Farrell retaining the ride. Cornerstone lad will face just two rivals which include Mackenberg who beat him 11 lengths at Carlisle 22 days ago, but now at the revised weights Cornerstone Lad finds himself 22lb better off. His other rival is Nero Rock who on both his British starts has run to a mark of around 126, and he will receive 6lb from Cornerstone Lad, but on official figures still has 11lb to find. On the minus side Cornerstone Lad will find this trip probably stretching his stamina, but his class could see him through.
We run two at 2.05.pm, in the 'Easby Avenue,' 0-105 handicap chase over the extended one mile and seven furlongs. Getaway Jewel was an eye catcher at Catterick when last seen 34 days ago on what was his second start over fences. Even so he got going late on, as his confidence improved over the fences, this step down in trip will not be an inconvenience, as his best form over hurdles was at around two miles, Alain Cawley retains the ride.
We also run Onenightintown in the 2.05.pm, where Becky Smith is on board for the first time. Onenightintown can now race from an all time low mark of 72, but even on the best of his form that still leaves him with plenty to find. If Onenightintown was to buckle down and show a little more resolution than he has done on occasions, he would definitely be competitive.
We are also doubly represented in the 3.15.pm, a 0-120 handicap chase over three miles and one furlong. Grange Ranger took a heavy fall at Newcastle when last seen in January, but is now back, and working well at home, and he can finally get his season back on track. Grange Ranger is now down to the same mark of 112, which he won off at Wetherby in February of last year, and he will once again have the services of Emma Smith-Chaston in the saddle.
Our other runner in the race is Justforjames who enjoys Catterick, and won this corresponding race three years ago from a 12lb higher mark than now. Justforjames has finished third on his last two starts which have both been at Catterick, and would have finished closer last time if not for a slow jump at the second last. He will be partnered once again by Becky Smith.
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Good luck to the connections, A & S Associates, Mrs B M Lofthouse, Phil Ellerby, The Rat Pack Racing Club, Oakwood Rainbow, and J4J Partnership.