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The going at Catterick on Wednesday is good, good to soft in places at the time of writing, and the Tapeta surface at Newcastle for their evening meeting is riding standard to slow.

At Catterick, Heresmax steps up to the extended one mile and seven furlongs for the first time in the, a 0-55 handicap, where he will be partnered by Jack Garritty who has not ridden him before. Heresmax was an excellent second at Catterick over 12 furlongs back in June, and then matched that run at Ayr in August, but at Redcar last time he raced too freely and failed to see out his race. If he is to win this he wouldn't have to improve too much on what he has already shown, but he must settle better.

Frankelio is undoubtedly a well handicapped horse, but he is becoming difficult to predict, as his form has been very in and out recently. He was possibly an unlucky loser over this course and distance on his penultimate start, but then, and not for the first time, he put in a poor effort when weakening quickly over the same course and distance last time. If Frankelio turns up in the right frame of mind, he will be bang there at the finish. The race is a 0-68 handicap over the straight seven furlongs, with Billy Garritty riding him for the first time.

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Good luck to the connections, M Andrews, and Forty Forty Twenty.

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