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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Tumblewind should be in her element at Catterick

Tumblewind should be in her absolute element back over five furlongs at Catterick.

Richard Whitaker's sprinter has done all of her winning over the minimum trip, but she has been ticking along nicely over farther this summer and is surely close to a return to her best.

The five-year-old was a little subdued on her seasonal bow at Ripon in May, but solid shows over six furlongs at Chester and Pontefract bode really well for the Sky Bet Supporting Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival Handicap.

Tumblewind looked on particularly good terms with herself on her most recent visit to a racecourse when she got to within three lengths of Nameitwhatyoulike in the King Richard III Stakes at the last-named venue.

This again looks quite a nice race, but the Captain Rio mare has the huge advantage of going back to her preferential distance.

Totally at ease on fast ground, she is now 2lb lower than when she last won a race at Thirsk in May 2014.

Declan Carroll's team are in fine order, with Pull The Plug fancied to be the latest winner from Sledmere when she runs at Leicester.

The four-year-old filly began the season by knocking off tidy victories at Wolverhampton and Doncaster, and showed at Carlisle a few weeks ago she is not yet hamstrung by the assessor.

Pull The Plug finished fourth in a six-furlong handicap, but that result was slightly misleading as she suffered bad interference inside the final furlong.

A likeable horse with the capacity to easily handle this extra trip, she should take some stopping in the Thistleton Gap Handicap.

Spirits in the Strawberry Martini camp should be high ahead of the Daily Price Boosts With Unibet Handicap at Sandown.

William Muir's versatile filly finished strongly last year, with back-to-back victories on the all-weather.

She then made a deeply encouraging return to the fray at Newmarket in June.

BATH: 2.10 West Sussex, 2.40 Phyllis Maud, 3.10 Babyfact, 3.40 Silver Wings, 4.10 The Wispe, 4.40 Wild Desert, 5.10 El Duque, 5.40 Diamond Sam.

CATTERICK: 2.00 Valko, 2.30 Frugal, 3.00 Montsarrat, 3.30 Johnny B Goode, 4.00 TUMBLEWIND (NAP), 4.30 Iggy, 5.00 Tinseltown.

LEICESTER: 5.45 Betty Boo, 6.15 Lolita, 6.45 Je T'Aime Encore, 7.20 Pull The Plug, 7.55 Flying Power, 8.25 Rashash, 9.00 Faery Song.

LINGFIELD: 2.20 Faster Company, 2.50 David's Beauty, 3.20 Mashkoor Approach, 3.50 Mutamid, 4.20 Magical Daze, 4.50 Most Tempting, 5.20 Azilian.

NAAS: 5.55 Aspar, 6.25 Future Icon, 7.00 Burren View Lady, 7.35 Tested, 8.05 Versilia Gal, 8.35 I'll Be Your Clown, 9.05 Intensical.

SANDOWN: 6.05 Hallingham, 6.35 Wekeyll, 7.10 Under Attack, 7.45 Doctor Bong, 8.15 Strawberry Martini, 8.50 Shackled N Drawn.

DOUBLE: Tumblewind and Pull The Plug.

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