Friday 15 February 2019

Back Bentelimar to open his account for new connections

Bentelimar. Photo: Patrick McCann 13.02.2016
Bentelimar. Photo: Patrick McCann 13.02.2016

Bentelimar can secure an overdue victory in the Watch Racing UK Anywhere Chase at Catterick.

Formerly a very useful performer over hurdles and fences here in Ireland for Shay Barry, the nine-year-old joined Charlie Longsdon during the autumn and was thrown in at the deep end in the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham in November.

That fiercely competitive contest proved too hot for him to handle, but he has fared better in slightly lesser contests since, placing at Cheltenham and Huntingdon on his two most recent starts.

He faces just three opponents in North Yorkshire and it will be disappointing if he is unable to open his account for his new connections.

Mythical Madness can take full advantage of his recent slide down the ratings by winning the Betway Handicap at Lingfield.

David O'Meara's charge has been in a barren spell since winning on the turf at Haydock back in June, a victory that pushed him up to a mark of 101 which has plainly proved beyond him so far.

However, the seven-year-old's lack of a victory means he has dropped a bit in the handicap and he lines up here off a mark of 94, which could prove quite generous as he has won off 3lb higher in the past.

He could well have been more competitive off this perch at Wolverhampton last time, but a slow start put him on the back foot and he probably deserves a bit more credit than first appears for his two-and-three-quarter-length defeat.

Mythical Madness switches back up to 10 furlongs here and he should be in the mix.

Lady Noorah is of plenty of interest as she lines up in the 32Red.com Fillies' Handicap.

Richard Fahey's charge is making a first start in the handicap ranks here and a mark of 72 looks fair on her three efforts to date.

Beaten just a neck in a Wolverhampton novice heat before Christmas, she was a bit keen when third on her first attempt over a mile last time, but if she settles better here, a mark of 72 looks a healthy starting point.

Mosseyb can make the most of a move back to Polytrack in the 32Red.com Novice Stakes.

He shaped with promise despite his evident greenness when third on his initial outing at this track, but Newcastle did not seem to bring out the best in him last time and he is worth another chance.

Spun Gold is on a roll and can keep up the good work in the 32Red Handicap at Kempton.

The four-year-old has won his last two starts at Southwell and while it would be easy to point to the Fibresand surface as being the making of him, it must also be noted that his two wins also coincided with the application of a tongue tie and blinkers.

Given those factors and his recent fine form, Spun Gold is worth a shout here.

Duke Des Champs can open his account over fences in the Smarkets Novices' Chase at Exeter. The Philip Hobbs-trained gelding was a dual winner over hurdles and was also placed in Graded company, achieving a lofty rating of 146 at his peak.

Having missed the whole of last season, he made his chasing bow at Newbury late last month and was far from disgraced in finishing second behind the talented and race-fit Rocklander.

With cobwebs blown away, he should prove extremely hard to beat.

Sydney De Baune should appreciate a drop back in trip for the Smarkets Handicap Chase.

He seemingly found two miles and seven furlongs beyond him when third at Taunton last time, making a few jumping errors as he tired on the final circuit.

A half-mile switch back in distance should be in his favour.

Today's selections

CATTERICK: 1.20 Teescomponents Lad, 1.55 Ronnie Lawson, 2.30 Sakhee's City, 3.00 BENTELIMAR (NAP), 3.35 Totalize, 4.05 Notebook.

EXETER: 1.40 Undefined Beauty, 2.15 Night of Glory, 2.50 Norse Light, 3.20 Coningsby, 3.55 Duke Des Champs, 4.25 Sydney De Baune.

KEMPTON: 4.40 Dalness Express, 5.15 Duba Plains, 5.45 Holy Shambles, 6.15 Golden Image, 6.45 Magic Mirror, 7.15 Spun Gold, 7.45 Deeley's Double.

LINGFIELD: 1.00 Lady Noorah, 1.30 Lilbourne Star, 2.05 Accomplice, 2.40 Caracas, 3.10 Mythical Madness, 3.45 Mosseyb, 4.15 Rising Sunshine.

DOUBLE: Bentelimar and Mythical Madness.

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