BARDOLET runs for the in form Reveley family in the 3.50 at Catterick on Wednesday, and has to be strongly fancied.
The father and son partnership has been in impressive form this season, especially at northern tracks. Son and jockey, James is showing an £11.55 profit and father Keith a £34.45 profit for £1 staked on all runners this season. Bardolet finished a very good second to Duke of Ormond after a 49 day break last time out, and looks to be running off a very good handicap mark, receiving 11lb from top weight and expected favourite Topless. The Reveley’s won this race last year, and I expect Bardolet to run a big race for the duo once more.
The same partnership has another good chance at the same meeting, with FLORIDA’s PRIDE, who runs in the mares novice hurdle at 4.20. The mare ran in three novice hurdle races this time last year finishing eleventh, fourth and then second, gradually improving with each run. She has since been running on the flat, before reverting to hurdles last time out. She disappointed that day, finishing a 44 lengths sixth and well beaten, weakening badly four out before being eased down. However, she has had a break of 116 days and this may well have freshened her up.
The final horse is LANEGUY, our midweek Nap, who can defy a 7lb penalty, incurred after winning easily last time out. Trainer Tom George has had a renaissance in March, after a bit of a winner-drought in the first two months of the year. For the year he has a 9.5% strike rate, but in March the strike rate has been 30%, so he is a trainer bang in form. Laneguy won by 9 lengths last time out on soft ground, and seemed to really suit being dropped back in trip, running over 2m 1f, and now being dropped again to two miles, which should be further to his benefit.
Wednesday March 9
Bardolet (3.50pm) Catterick 1pt ew
Florida’s Pride (4.20pm) Catterick 1pt ew
Thursday, March 10
Laneguy (2pm) Wincantion 3pt win NAP.