Through The Card: Catterick, Thursday May 24

There is Flat racing from Catterick on Thursday
There is Flat racing from Catterick on Thursday

Timeform take you through the card at Catterick on Thursday afternoon...

"...only beaten a nose and shaping as though he is ready for this step up to a mile and a half..."

Timeform on Braemar

13:50 - This looks a good minor event for the track and, though Diviner was impressive at Wolverhampton last time, she could prove vulnerable under a penalty in a stronger race, so ready preference is for STAGE PLAY (11). She shaped as though better for the run when eighth in a strong-looking race at Ascot which is working out well, and is expected to prove much sharper for that experience now.

14:25 - This doesn't look the strongest race and it is CE DE NULLIS (6) that makes the most appeal. She remains a maiden, but had some fair form as a juvenile, and hails from a yard that are starting to come to the boil. Ce De Nullis is well up to winning at this lowly level judged on the pick of her form and is expected to open her account. Duba Plains could emerge as the main danger in a trappy affair.

15:00 - GEOFF POTTS (4) has only won twice in his career but he has fallen back down to a workable mark now and looks the way to go. He ran respectably from a wide draw at Pontefract last time, taking a strong hold and having no extra in the straight. This easier six furlongs should be to his liking and he can prove too good for the likes of Extrasolar and Tricky Dicky.

15:35 - Neverbeen To Paris is the one attracting support in the market this morning but it is BRAEMAR (2) who makes the most appeal on form. He has improved with every run this year, running his best race to date returned to turf at Nottingham earlier this month, only beaten a nose and shaping as though he is ready for this step up to a mile and a half. Sir Michael Stoute has a good record when sending his horses up north and Braemar could take a bit of stopping.

16:10 - You can make a case for all five runners here, but it is EXCELLENTLY POISED (3) who comes out top of the list. He made a winning debut at Musselburgh last season, looking potentially useful and, though he failed to progress from that run, it could be that fresh is the time to catch him. Based on the pick of his form, a mark of 82 shouldn't be beyond him and, having been gelded in the off-season, he looks the one to side with.

16:45 - On form, it is hard to get away from the claims of GIANT'S TREASURE (2), who made a good impression when winning a maiden at Wolverhampton by four and a half lengths last season. He has since made the switch from Richard Hannon to David O'Meara for a fee of 60,000 guineas and, with further progress likely, he should be able to keep his unbeaten record intact.

17:20 - A wide-open race to finish, and narrow preference is for LITTLE MISS LOLA (5), who left the impression she was still working her way back to fitness at Wetherby last time. Her finishing effort was still lacking that day, but she seems to be building up to something, and is well worth chancing under a good apprentice.

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