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Norton prospect out to land success again at Catterick
Wee Giant, who carried smart apprentice Laura Barry to a decisive success at Catterick recently, returns to the same course today to bid for an encore.
Trained by Tony Coyle, the Norton gelding trotted up on his latest start, relishing the muddy conditions and coming from last to first under Barry, who gave him a confident ride.
The 5lb claimer, who has recently joined Coyle after a successful stint with Richard Fahey, teams up with Wee Giant again in the Book Now For New Year’s Day Handicap over two miles. A 5lb hike in the ratings may not stop the seven-year-old from following up in this stronger contest.
Noodles Blue Boy should go well for Ollie Pears, Coyle’s neighbour, in the first division of the Racing Post Weekender Out Every Wednesday Handicap.
The seven-year-old has been a real stalwart to Pears in the last two or three years and has paid his way again this term. His recent fifth-placed effort behind Cheveton at Nottingham confirmed him to be still in good heart.
David Nicholls, based near Easingwold, has double prospects with Indego Blues and Llewellyn.
The latter, who runs in the Happy 90th Birthday John Gawthorpe Handicap, was narrowly beaten into third by Showboating on this course ten days ago. He is fancied to get his revenge on the winner this time.
Indego Blues, who lines up in the second leg of the Racing Post Weekender Handicap, was a winner at Thirsk last month. He finished a fair fifth on this track last time out over seven furlongs and will appreciate the return to six over a course and distance where he has previously won.
Nap selection Coalburn (3.50), who goes well on soft ground, is worthy of consideration along with Pull The Pin (4.20), a Hamilton winner two starts ago, who may be able to gain compensation after being a beaten favourite in an amateur riders’ race here lately. Raul Da Silva is on board this time.
At Yarmouth, Thirsk trainer David Barron saddles Firecruise in the BetVictor Live Casino Nursery Handicap.
The juvenile won in clear-cut style in the mud at Pontefract last week and turns out here under a 6lb penalty. Robert Winston again has the mount.
Saigon City will be a popular choice among punters in the Play Blackjack At Victor’s Live Casino Handicap.
The three-year-old, trained by Luca Cumani, is progressing nicely and has rattled up wins here at Nottingham on his last two starts. A hat-trick could well be achieved under Adam Kirby.
Uncle Dermot was a beaten favourite last time out at Windsor, where he finished second, but Brendan Powell’s gelding may be worth another chance in the BetVictor New Live Casino Handicap.
Kieren Fallon again has the mount on the five-year-old, whose dangers include North Yorkshire raider Al Freej, trained by Brian Ellison and a Wolverhampton winner two starts back.
Also worth noting at Yarmouth are well-bred newcomer Mannaro (1.40) and the consistent Omega Omega (4.10), the mount of promising apprentice Shelley Birkett.
12.50 The Hooded Claw, 1.20 Noodles Blue Boy, 1.50 Indego Blues, 2.20 Llewellyn, 2.50 Villa Royale, 3.20 Wee Giant, 3.50 Coalburn (NAP), 4.20 Pull The Pin.
1.10 Istikshaf, 1.40 Mannaro, 2.10 Uncle Dermot, 2.40 Firecruise, 3.10 Red Catkin, 3.40 Saigon City, 4.10 Omega Omega.
Today’s other meetings: Ffos Las and Wolverhampton.
Tomorrow’s meetings: Ayr, Carlisle, Kempton and Nottingham.
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