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Her Majesty the Queen chasing success at Catterick Racecourse
It may be low-grade stuff at Catterick tomorrow, but guess what? Her Majesty the Queen looks likely to figure on the scoreboard.
The famous Royal colours will be carried by Galleon, who shares the same sire, Galileo, as the mighty Frankel – next week’s star attraction at York – but is, sadly, much more limited in ability.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute at Newmarket, Galleon has, however, shown himself good enough to pick up a little race or two and his chances in the Kelly Clarke Couture Maiden Stakes look promising to say the least, following his latest runner-up effort behind hot favourite Muntasir at Kempton.
The mount on Galleon goes to York-based Robert Winston, riding at the top of his form, and no stanger to riding for the Queen. Hopefully, Galleon can provide him with a winner in the best-known silks in the land.
Nap selection Gold Rules can win the opening Pin Point Recruitment Amateur Riders’ Handicap.
The Mick Easterby-trained gelding won a similar race at Beverley two starts back and was narrowly beaten at Haydock last week under a penalty when just finding top gear too late. Jacqueline Coward, Easterby’s accomplished granddaughter, has the mount and a winning effort is anticipated.
The Suzanne Gill Millinery Nursery looks a good opportunity for La Sylphe to return to the winning trail.
David Barron’s filly got off the mark in grand style at Southwell two starts back and went down fighting in defeat in handicap company at Ripon last week. She is fancied to improve again over this extra furlong.
Ballarina (7.45), a course and distance winner, who finished a good second Nottingham recently, and the hat-trick seeking Dance For Georgie (8.15) are two others to note.
At Newcastle’s afternoon meeting, Able Master may be able to defy the welter burden of 10st 4lb in the JN Bentley’s 40th Anniversary Handicap.
David O’Meara’s gelding won nicely at Musselburgh the other day and, although he has a 6lb penalty to defy here, he should take plenty of catching under Danny Tudhope.
John Quinn runs Planetex in the Wateraid Handicap and the three-year-old is fancied to prevail under Michael O’Connell.
A lightly-raced gelding, Planetex scored at Ripon on his latest outing. He has yet to be tested in handicap company, but he looks to figure on a fair mark and should go well.
Alan Brown has his small North Yorkshire team in good order and Meandmyshadow makes appeal for the Yedingham trainer in the Northumbrian Water Handicap.
A Thirsk winner on her penultimate outing, Meandmyshadow has since run well in defeat. Equally at home over five and six furlongs, this tough sprinter should make a bold bid.
Richard Fahey is going so well at the moment, especially with his two-year-olds, that the nicely-bred newcomer Wyldefire should not be overlooked in the opening British Stallion Studs/Wateraid Maiden Stakes, while Cracking Choice may prove the answer to the modest-looking ESH Construction Nursery, provided he can shrug off a recent subdued effort at Ayr. Paul Mulrennan has the mount on the Michael Dods-trained juvenile.
Tom O’Ryan’s selections
Newcastle (tomorrow) 2.00 Wyldfire, 2.30 Vital Calling, 3.00 Cracking Choice, 3.35 Able Master, 4.10 Medici Music, 4.40 Fly Solo, 5.15 Meandmyshadow, 5.50 Planetex.
Catterick (tomorrow) 5.35 Gold Rules (NAP), 6.05 Golac, 6.35 La Sylphe, 7.10 Galleon, 7.45 Ballarina, 8.15 Dance For Georgie.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Kempton, Newbury, Newmarket and Nottingham.
Today’s meetings: Beverley, Chepstow, Fontwell, Newmar-ket, Salisbury and Stratford.