Not great start to the week with £128.00 loss on Monday .Bold Marc was very disappointing in 7 furlong claiming stakes at Southwell after being big drifter in market .Normally a front runner ,though could never get to the lead and weakened tamely before half-way .
The second bet was on White Deer in 1 mile 4 furlong claiming stakes at Wolverhampton.After not getting the clearest of runs could only manage second after being well supported in the market 5-2 into 11-8 .
Moving on to Wednesday we are finally back on the turf at Catterick after they passed an early morning inspection with the ground described as soft.
3.40 CATTERICK 1 MILE 4F CLAIMING STAKES CLASS 6:
9 runners declared for 12 furlong claimer on the turf at Catterick .Ground conditions are going going be very testing with more rain forecast .On paper this looks three horse race between Private Story ,Elizabeth Coffee & Eijaaz.
PRIVATE STORY : Decent performer for Richard Hannon in 2009/10 .Got back to winning ways on his first start for David O 'Meara in 1 mile 6 furlong seller at Catterick in June .Well beaten in class 2 handicap at Royal Ascot last time, now wears first time visor.
ELIZABETH COFFEE : Won three times in Ireland last year ,including two handicaps at Dundalk .Returned to form last time winning 10 furlong claimer at Redcar for Ian Williams .Should go well under simular conditions .
EIJAAZ : Course specialist with 7 wins at Catterick and won this race last year .Struggling to get his head in front this season, finishing second four times .Should be thereabouts, but has bit to find at these weights.
VERDICT:Elizabeth Coffee looks sure to go well here after winning simular race at Redcar last time, with Eijaaz well held back in fourth.However odds around 6-4 don't look great value on this very testing ground.
PRIVATE STORY was well beaten last time at Royal Ascot ,though is 9lb clear on official handicap ratings and will be suited dropping back into class 6 race.The return to 1 mile 4 furlongs on testing ground shouldn't be problem .Odds around 11-4 look fair value in weak looking claimer .
WEDNESDAY 18TH JULY CLAIMING BET :
PRIVATE STORY 3.40 CATTERICK
0.50 PTS EACH-WAY @ 11-4 BET 365* ,BET VICTOR*
(UNPLACED SP 9-4 LOSS £100.00 )
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