December 28th, 2018

Brian’s Blog: Three Rides at Catterick

By Brian Hughes

I have three rides on the card at Catterick today.

12:25 – 1m7½fMares’ Novices’ Hurdle

Graceland makes her hurdling debut for the McCain yard, having won in three flat outings for Michael Bell, including one at today’s distance.

She should have a good chance of opening her account with a fluent round of jumping.

The experienced Foxtrot Juliet looks the one to beat despite conceding six pounds.

1:35 – 2m3½f Maiden Hurdle

Whiteoak Stroller, a maiden after five rules attempts, disappointed on her second hurdles start at Uttoxeter 33 days ago.

She probably needed the run returning from a break of 360 days.

A considerable improvement is required to get into contention over today’s longer trip.

Time For Another and Special Cargo may be the main players.

2:05 – 1m7½f Novices’ Handicap Chase

Ballasalla, a full brother to Grand National hero Ballabriggs, has improved in both outings since wind surgery.

He ran particularly well on his first chasing start for me at Carlisle 12 days ago, finishing second, beaten by half a length.

He jumped well and a repeat performance should allow him to get off the mark today.

Hat-trick seeking Reverse The Charge is the main rival.

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