Carli King can claim the North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick on Thursday, says Anita Chambers. She has a tip for every race.
CATTERICK: 12.40 Intense Tango, 1.10 Argent Knight, 1.40 Less Time, 2.10 Zaidiyn, 2.40 CARLI KING (NAP), 3.10 Fearless Tunes, 3.40 Verona Opera.
LEICESTER: 1.00 Cathedral, 1.30 Medieval Chapel, 2.00 Boston Blue, 2.30 Toowoomba, 3.00 Murtys Delight, 3.30 Worldor.
SOUTHWELL: 12.50 Haadeeth, 1.20 Landing Night, 1.50 Spitfire, 2.20 Sooqaan, 2.50 Lesson In Life, 3.20 Jebediah Shine, 3.50 Offshore.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.15 Glorious Dancer, 4.45 Lucky Lodge, 5.15 Miniskirt, 5.45 Lynngale, 6.15 Day Of The Eagle, 6.45 Golly Miss Molly, 7.15 Trending.
DOUBLE: Carli King and Miniskirt.
Carli King can prove the star of the show at Catterick by claiming the North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase.
He impressed when stepped right up in distance at Market Rasen on Boxing Day, dominating over three miles and five furlongs to run out a 17-length winner.
Very few got into the race that day as Caroline Bailey’s charge improved on his previous efforts to make every yard in what was a thoroughly gruelling test.
The margin of victory has seen him shoot up the handicap by 13lb but now that his suitability for marathon distances has been established, this kind of heat looks a logical target.
Less Time can further boost Jonjo O’Neill in the W.L. And Hector Christie Memorial Trophy.
Suitably appeased by a long-overdue winner for the Jackdaws Castle yard at Ludlow on Wednesday, Less Time is an interesting newcomer to this sphere.
He was last seen when well beaten into third by Parlour Games over hurdles at Huntingdon and given that one has gone on to strike at Grade One level, Less Time surely has a touch of ability.
Medieval Chapel is worth a shout as he makes his fencing debut for Nicky Henderson in the Leicester Annual Members Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.
A dual point to point winner, he did not really sparkle in three hurdles outings last term but he was hardly disgraced and looked the type who might benefit from better ground.
Leicester might just be able to offer those improved conditions and Medieval Chapel can make the switch to chasing with ease.
Miniskirt was a wide-margin winner at Southwell before Christmas and she is one to follow in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Rae Guest’s charge hit the bar in her first three maiden starts, twice finishing second after making a belated start to her racing career last October.
The Naaqoos filly finally came good in Nottinghamshire though, when she powered home by eight lengths as an odds-on favourite in what was probably only an average event at best.
She had plenty in hand on the official figures and after setting a fair gallop, Miniskirt was not hard pushed to win in such convincing style off a mark of 70.
The handicapper has taken a sensible attitude to that success and her subsequent 1lb perhaps best sums up the merit of the form.
However, Miniskirt could only beat what was put in front of her and with her confidence now suitably augmented, she can start to make some progress through the ranks.
Lynngale is the pick in the first division of the Coral Connect Handicap after just getting edged out by a neck at Lingfield last week.
Kristin Stubbs’ charge remains some 10lb higher than when winning at Bath last July, but recent performances suggest the four-year-old is capable of holding her own at this kind of level.
Beaten three and a half lengths into second at this track in mid-December, Lynngale held every chance of atoning for that reverse last time only to just miss out in the dying strides.
She remains in great heart, though, and it would be no surprise if it were her turn to hit the mark this time.
Trending showed signs of a return to form when second last time and can take of advantage of his seriously depleted mark in the £20 Risk-Free Bet At Unibet Handicap.
There is no getting away from the fact he has not won since September 23 but he is currently rated 4lb lower than that mark his recent placed effort suggests he may not be done with yet.
Offshore showed an affinity for the Southwell Fibresand when winning at the track last month and he can follow up in the 32Red Handicap at the Nottinghamshire venue.
He showed plenty of determination to improve on three previous seconds and hold off Brosnan by half a length despite appearing an unlikely winner at one point.
Clearly he is nowhere near as good as his Group Three-winning half-brother Gale Force Ten, but he is the pick of two runners for James Tate and could still have a little something in reserve.