16:55 Ffos Las
Course and Distance winner Forever My Friend has won his last two and although is 3lbs higher here his two main rivals Ladfromhighworth and Isthereadifference both look held off their current marks so he should be capable of adding another win to his run.
Ciceron has a five month break to overcome and has shown little in two starts since moving yards but has a 42% strike rate for top three finishes over fences so is capable of getting involved if re-discovering some of his old form.
Winston Churchill hasn’t been seen since February 2015 but has won and placed on return from long breaks in the past so has to be considered despite having only won twice in twenty two career runs.
Forever My Friend (WIN)
Orions Bow is the early market leader in this open looking class four handicap and has been raised just 2lbs for winning at Hamilton last month. However he only won by a neck and this was over six furlongs and has just one win in seven over todays’ distance so he may prove vulnerable today.
Gold Club’s only turf win came over todays’ trip but he is still 10lbs higher than his last winning mark, whereas Comino needs to bounce back from a poor effort at Epsom last month but does have 38% win rate over seven furlongs and has won here at Catterick previously.
Preference however is for Best Trip who has won twice and placed once from four runs here at Catterick and holds a 63% strike rate for top three finishes on soft ground (winning four and placing three times from eleven runs). He has won off a mark of 83 so racing off 78 today he should be capable of getting in the mix at the very least.
Best Trip (E/W if 9/2+)
San Quentin arrives here on the back of two recent course and distance wins and although raised 6lbs for a neck win last time the front two were four lengths clear of the rest of the field. He had to come wide on the final bend and kicked on within a couple of strides to pull clear of all but the runner up so should be capable of defying the rise and gain his hat-trick today.
A Little Bit Dusty is another proven over course and distance and looks to be the main danger. He has placed twice in his last three runs including a close third here last month and can compete off the same mark again today so should be capable of getting in the mix.
Both Wildomar and Amazing Blue Sky are previous course winners so warrant a mention, although Wildomar has a bit to prove after finishing 40lengths behind the winner last time out and Amazing Blue Sky has attempted this trip on fourteen occasions without success.
San Quentin (WIN)