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I'm glad I didn't get too involved with Monday's shoddy racing, as my only runner of the day wasn't great. He looked seriously outpaced, and considering he's won at the trip before that was a surprise, as it wasn't his jumping which cost him this time.
Catterick 12:30 – Dragon Rock 15/8 (1pt, Bet365)
Shark Hanlon sends a couple of runners over to Catterick for Tuesday, but his son Paddy only goes for the one ride which comes in the opener in the Amateur Jockeys' race. It was interesting when watching an interview with Shark that they mentioned getting a jumps licence from the UK for Paddy as it would allow him to race over obstacles, which is something he's not able to do in Ireland due to his age. This combination of jockey and trainer have already had a winner on British soil when winning at Bangor a few days ago, so his ride on Dragon Rock looks interesting.
This is a decent enough race, with Blue Bikini and Beachcomber setting a decent form standard from the younger horses, but the 7lb that Paddy takes off Dragon Rock should make him a difficult horse to beat based on his Irish runs/form.
Wincanton 2:50 – Harjo 3/1 (1.5pt, Bet365)
It's a shame that Pilsdon Pen is in this race as I would like to be backing him on the basis that Morfee was second to him last time out and he went on to frank the form when being a winning selection last week for the thread. However, I thought Harjo was of major interest now back down in trip and the booking of Harry Cobden catches the eye for a trainer who doesn't use him too much, and with him being undoubtedly the best jockey in the country, what's not to like.
As chase debuts go, Harjo made a nice impression at Huntingdon, which isn't too dissimilar to Wincanton. He jumped nicely and looked to have a huge chance when turning for home, but his stamina didn't last over 2m 7.5f, especially when you consider the two leading turning for home were cutting each other's throats, which set it up for a well-handicapped horse to pick up the pieces. The fourth won yesterday to boost the form and the runner-up didn't run too badly at Doncaster the other day.
Catterick - 12:30 pm
2/1 @ Bet365
Wincanton - 2:50 pm