Runner newsDespite us entering the closing weeks of the Flat season it’s a very busy start to the week with four runners declared for action on Tuesday after two runners on Monday.
Society’s Dream, pictured above, is the first of three runner in action at Catterick on Tuesday in the EBF Novice Stakes (1.30).
One of 10 declared runners, she has been drawn in stall five and will be ridden by Joey Haynes.
Karl is hopeful Society’s Dream can run respectably and show her wellbeing ahead of an up-coming sales engagement but it would be a big, and very pleasant surprise, if she were able to make the frame on Tuesday against some much higher rated rivals
Our second runner on the card is Star Of Zaam, who lines up in the Racinguk.com Nursery Handicap Stakes (2.35) at Catterick. One of five declared runners, he has been drawn in stall two with Joey Haynes taking the ride.
It looks a small but select field with all four of our rivals arriving with good form to their name.
El Chapo was given a five pound rise for his success last time out against us when winning by three quarters of a length. Far from exposed and well backed that day, the course and distance winner could improve again.
Ventura Night is a classy individual who is taking a very notable drop in grade. Beaten just three lengths in a valuable, high quality nursery at Doncaster last time, he looks to hold very strong claims here back down in grade.
Che Bella won well at Thirsk and seemed to find Pontefract to stiff a test of stamina last time. On a fair mark and open to more improvement, the £90,000 daughter of Dark Angel should go well while the in-form Poet’s Dawn holds almost identical claims to us on the form book.
All in all this looks a competitive race, as you’d expect for a valuable midweek nursery. Star Of Zaam is well capable of being in the mix if producing his best to date but will need to find some improvement to prevail.
Out third and final runner at Catterick on Tuesday is Clenymistra who goes in division one of the catterickbridge.co.uk Handicap Stakes (4.10) at Catterick on Tuesday 10th October. One of 10 declared runners, she has been drawn in stall seven with Phillip Makin taking the ride.
This looks just a fair handicap for the grade at this time of year and if Clenymistra can prove effective on the slightly slower ground we’d have to be hopeful of her coming back to form.
First Quest, a distant second behind a handicap blot last time looks an obvious big player under Sylvestre De Sousa while The New Pharaoh drops in grade and is fairly handicapped on recent form.
Clenymistra has been hugely consistent this season and has rarely been out of the frame. She needs to bounce back from one of her lesser efforts last time where things didn’t go her way but if she does, David is hopeful of another solid run.
Our final runner on Tuesday is at Newcastle where Emerald Rocket has been declared in the Hay And Kilner Nursery Handicap Stakes (6.55).
Emerald Rocket is one of 14 declared runners in the race and has been drawn in stall 11. Ben Curtis will be taking the ride.
Emerald Rocket has rather disappointed us in his nurseries to date and didn’t appear to face the visor last time out. He has worked well at home without the visor since, showing much more ability than what he has put in on the racetrack on recent starts.
Of Emerald Rocket’s opponents Foxy Lady was sent off favourite and ran well in defeat last time out and looks sure to go well again while Contribute has been highly tried a few times this season, running well at York in a valuable nursery handicap before posting a solid effort at Nottingham. He could go close on his first all-weather start in this easier grade.
If Emerald Rocket can reproduce the ability he has shown Karl at home he is well capable of going well in this race. That said, it’s very hard to know quite what to expect from him and we can only hope that Ben can conjour a good run out of him, as he did at Thirsk. If the pair do click, and Emerald takes to the surface, he may yet prove Karl’s previous optimism wasn’t misplaced.