Grey can light up the afternoon in Yorkshire
13:20 Catterick - Back Dakota Grey @ 10.519/2
The quality racing continues for Saturday with the day's top meetings at Newbury and Leopardstown taking centre stage, but I'm happy to go fairly low-key, okay, very low-key for the afternoon's opening bet.
Dakota Grey lines up in the 13:20 at Catterick, and at around 9.08/1 he should be considered in a seriously open-looking race.
Micky Hammond's horse has yet to win over fences but he's running from a mark he can certainly win from. And off 97, it tells you the standard of the race.
He was last seen running over 2m4f at Hexham 14 months ago, but that never worries me backing one from his stable.
Dropping down to a sharp 2m might unlock some improvement, and judged on his victory at Carlisle as a hurdler over a similar sort of distance, the trip on Saturday is more of a plus than the 3m he has faced previously.
The likely favourite What's The Scoop is a lot shorter in the betting, yet he is still a maiden over fences. I'm happy taking on a chance on Dakota Grey, and the going shouldn't be an issue either.
Hammond's D'Or can follow up under Smith-Chaston
15:05 Catterick - Back Maison D'Or @ 4.607/2
Sticking with Catterick for our second bet, and again it's with trainer Micky Hammond, who has a good chance of winner with Maison D'Or.
He can be backed at around 4.607/2.
The key to this horse winning last time over course and distance was the step up in trip. He stayed on strongly to score from 98, and that was his first win in the UK.
He runs from a 7lb higher mark for this, but there should be a little more to come over the distance with the emphasis on stamina. It's hard to knock his performance last time as the third was 28 lengths behind.
Another plus is the jockey Emma Smith-Chaston. She is great value for her 7lb and I've been really impressed with some of her rides at Sedgefield and Hexham.