Tuesday 12 December 2017

Hard Core can get in the black

THE rather pessimistically named Hard Core Debt can finally cash in at Catterick.

Trainer Brian Ellison has been unable to get a win on the board with the four-year-old since leaving Ireland last summer, but that may change after the Yorkshire Welcomes Le Grand Depart Handicap.

The gelded son of Muhtathir was rated as highly as 86 back here but he has not yet replicated the kind of form which saw him easily claim a Sligo maiden last June. There have, however, been increasingly positive signs that he is finally getting his act together.

While this is allegedly a step up in class, there is surely nothing in the eight-runner field that will unduly worry connections.

Chepstow regular Belle Park has a good opportunity in which to enhance her strong figures at the Monmouthshire circuit when she runs in the bet365.com Handicap.


Now in training with Victor Dartnall, the seven-year-old mare made a grand start for her new handler with a comprehensive defeat of Urban Space over this mile-and-a-quarter trip on May 28.

Logans Lad perhaps holds the key to the Bingo At bet365 Handicap. The four-year-old gelding was a solid second over this six-furlong trip on June 13 when he finished with zest to get to within three-quarters of a length to Bajan Story.

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