CANFORD'S JOY (4.35) is trading at a big price for a horse that will cope with extremely testing ground better than most at Catterick.
He won over the track as a juvenile for Ann Duffield but is now in the care of Liam Bailey. Canford's Joy arrives in good nick, having given 13-8 favourite Bossipop at scare at Chester when beaten in a photo finish. The five-year-old has won on soft at Brighton and his second to Edgewood at Hamilton, again on soft, was another sterling effort.
THE NAVIGATOR (1.55) finally came good over course and distance three weeks ago, landing a gamble in the process, and he should be able to handle the deep ground.
Snookered was given an astute tactical ride when coming through to land the amateur riders’ handicap over course and distance last week and is a multiple winner on soft. Theatro doesn’t get much respite from the handicapper but she has been competing with credit in slightly better races. Stag Horn hasn’t quite fulfilled the promise of his Goodwood second to Khalifa Set last September (soft) but it is still early days in his career.
GOLDEN HIND (2.55) finished runner-up here on soft last October and this is a good bit easier than her last assignment at York when a creditable fourth to Award Scheme. Deft makes her handicap debut for Ralph Beckett and the daughter of Dubawi posted a promising fourth to Balzac when last spotted at Newbury in early July. Nataleena has enjoyed plenty of success at Newcastle but is no mug on turf. The Ben Haslam-trained top weight is up only 2lb for scoring at Ayr and she seemed to handle deep ground okay when third to trailblazing Sociologist at Hamilton.
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