Through The Card: Catterick, Tuesday December 19

There is jumps racing from Catterick on Tuesday
There is jumps racing from Catterick on Tuesday

Timeform take you through the card at Catterick on Tuesday.

"The fact he is holding his price in the market this morning and his yard are among the winners further strengthen his claims..."

12:20 - A competitive amateur riders' handicap hurdle to open the card, though the one that stands out is PERMISSION GRANTED (2), who is arguably open to more improvement than his rivals. He has steadily improved in three runs over hurdles so far, admittedly only showing modest form at best, but that is reflected in his opening mark of 98. The type to do better now handicapping, he looks the one to side with for the Rose Dobbin yard who are going through a good spell at present.

12:50 - This looks very interest, largely down to the fact that Frankel is set to have his first runner over hurdles in the shape of SOLO SAXOPHONE (7). Indeed, he was only a fair maiden when trained on the Flat by Dermot Weld, but he was subsequently bought by new connections for €62,000, and has joined a top national hunt yard, so merits plenty of respect. Beach Break looks the most solid of those with experience having shaped well on his hurdling debut at Bangor last time.

13:20 - Low on numbers but relatively high on quality, with interesting chasing debutants Tomngerry and IMPULSIVE STAR (2) in the field. The former shaped well on his return from a lengthy absence over hurdles at Carlisle last month and, as a former point winner, he is entitled to go well now switched to fences. However, Impulsive Star has plenty of scope, and is narrowly preferred. He was progressive over hurdles last season, winning three of his five starts, and is best not judged on his final start in the Pertemps Final at the Festival. The fact he is holding his price in the market this morning and his yard are among the winners further strengthen his claims.

13:50 - A cracking handicap hurdle that can go the way of KATY ROYAL (9) who has hit the frame in all four of her starts over hurdles this season to date. She now makes the switch to handicaps and, given what she has achieved in novice/maiden hurdles, she is potentially well treated. The likes of Lough Salt and WEST OF THE EDGE (3) also need considering in an open event, and the latter is worth keeping on side, too. He shaped well after eight months off at Sedgefield last month and, entitled to strip fitter for that, he's also handicapped to go close.

14:20 - With the absence of Espoir de Teillee this revolves around SPIN THE COIN (8) who finished runner-up in his sole start in points and made an encouraging Rules debut when finishing fifth at Carlisle last month. He shaped as though he'd come on for the run that day and, likely to be suited by this slightly longer trip, he could prove a tough nut to crack in this line-up.

14:50 - This looks wide open, so a chance is taken on MAXED OUT KING (6). Sue Smith's charge was essentially steadily progressive over fences last term and ought to be cherry ripe having blown the cobwebs away at Newcastle earlier this month. This is not a race short of in-form sorts though, with John Williams, Halcyon Days and Thisonetime heading up an exhaustive shortlist.

15:20 - The C&D bumper RETURN TICKET (6) finished third in on debut last month appeals as being a far stronger contest than this and, likely to have derived plenty from that initial experience, he should take some stopping. Raving Bonkers did make a winning start but the form is ordinary, so well-related newcomer Simply Mani is feared most.

Placepot permutation:

12:20 - 2
12:50 - 7
13:20 - 2
13:50 - 3, 9
14:20 - 8
14:50 - 6

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