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Emirati Dirham

Mokaman has a good record here but carries a fair old chunk of weight on his back and will have to negotiate the outside stall. Therefore preference is for Emirati Dirham, who’s 1lb lower than when finishing a close second here back in April. John Quinn has had five winners in the last fortnight, so the stable appears to be firing and this one looks to have a good chance. The visor stays on and we can see him taking advantage of a good draw here.


Dropping into a Class 6 company for the first time, it would be a shame if Mutadem couldn’t get competitive here. His second to the in-form Wise Eagle here back in April, where he ran up to an RPR of 74, would surely be good enough to win this, but he’s been a little disappointing at Museelburgh and Carlisle since. Now 13lb below his last winning mark, if he can recapture some form, he looks sure to go close. Competition took a step up in the seller's company last time and looks the main threat.

Hard To Fault

You would imagine Tim Easterby’s charge will take a step forward on a decent debut. A 17,000 guineas purchase and son of Derby winner Harzand, he was always up on the pace and stayed on well in a race that suited the front runners. It will be interesting to see how he performs on quicker ground and he’s up against a few exposed types. National Treasure could go well back down in class after a crack in the Pinnacle Stakes. First time cheekpieces are applied, but she’ll have to carry a fair old chunk of weight to victory here.

Seas Of Elzaam

Making his first start for trainer Michael Appleby, Seas Of Elzaam could have a bit of scope off a mark of 78. He won a weak claiming race here back in April, but he did it well, with the field well strung out and giving away a fair bit of weight to his rivals. He heads here after a good second at Wolverhampton and can make a winning debut for his new trainer. Frederik Larson is good value for his 7lb claim. North Wind is interesting back on the turf. He’s come right down the weights and must have a good chance off a dangerous mark.

About Catterick Racecourse

Catterick is a great all-rounder, providing both flat and jumps racing throughout the year. The North Yorkshire Grand National takes place there in January and through the winter months, the course can get very testing ground wise.

Left-handed, undulating and fairly sharp, it suits nippy types and low draw numbers tend to be favoured in races up to a mile on the flat. That said, action can unfold out in the middle of the track when the summer ground softens. Flat trainer Richard Fahey does particularly well at the course, especially with his two-year-old juveniles. Over the jumps, that man Donald McCain is the best performing trainer at Catterick.

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