Alan Dudman heads to Catterick for his two selections on Tuesday, and he is hoping the grey Zumurud can build on a good run last time....
"However, he made a strong move up the inside and stayed on ever so well, and that was a big improvement on his first effort of the season."
Ryan's Bride to relish the new trip at Catterick
16:15 Catterick - Back Midnite Bride @ BSP
The presence of David O'Meara's Passing Nod makes this an interesting race; as the in-form trainer's runner is bidding for the hat-trick following a pair of wins on the all-weather.
However, I quite like the claims of Kevin Ryan's Midnite Bride despite her wide draw.
She caught the eye with the way she travelled at Hamilton two runs back, and then subsequently gained another podium finish when she charged home over Catterick's 6f last time. The trip was inadequate, and she found it happening all a bit too quickly there.
The step up with the extra furlong will suit and there is forecast rain for Tuesday. If that materialises, that could boost her chances too as she enjoyed the softer conditions at Hamilton.
Zumurud can strike for the first time this season
16:50 Catterick - Back Zumurud @ BSP
The 0-80 7f handicap at 16:50 looks a good race for Tuesday standards, and plenty hold claims for being well-handicapped.
Those comments most certainly apply to Rebecca Bastiman's Zumurud - who has a good opportunity to build on an eye-catching run last time.
He was one of a number of unlucky runners over Catterick's 6f in a good race, and slightly better than today's grade. Zumurud was asleep in the stalls and missed the break, and he was always chasing his tail.
However, he made a strong move up the inside and stayed on ever so well, and that was a big improvement on his first effort of the season.
The grey is nicely treated from 80 and has a good draw in 5. He has form on different types of ground too.
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Back Midnite Bride @ BSP in the 16:15 at Catterick
Back Zumurud @ BSP in the 16:50 at Catterick