Our man Brian travels to Catterick for five rides this afternoon.
A winner on the flat at the course in October, was placed third on his hurdling debut at Musselburgh in early November but performed poorly on second start here 25 days ago. He races in first time blinkers and a return to the form of first day hurdling would give him an e/w chance.
Fabianski very impressive on first hurdling start at Wetherby looks the one to beat.
Still a maiden after five outings, fell at the first when I was in the saddle on chasing debut 25 days ago. A clear round is essential to get into contention.
Manwell and the returning Gettysburg Address look the principals.
Five times successful under rules, finished fourth on both outings for me in November. He showed improved form in the second of these at Ayr over three miles nineteen days ago. He reverts to hurdling after eight consecutive chases and I feel he will prefer the smaller obstacles and put in a big run today.
Colby ran well for me at the start of November and may be the chief threat.
Had his third chasing success for me at Kelso 52 days ago despite a mistake at the last. He is a course winner and has every chance of following up in today’s five runner affair.
Midnight Chill looks the one to beat.
A point winner, makes his rules debut in the concluding bumper for the inform Ewart yard. He is well related, and I hope he runs a good race.
Dog Of War and Zakharova are main rivals.