There are six afternoon contests to look forward to at Catterick on Wednesday 26 July, with racing running from 14:10 to 17:05.

Both the 15:20 and 16:30 feature Betfred’s Extra Race offer, while the closer carries the Free Bet if 2nd promotion.

A four-time course and distance winner could be the one to watch in the final race, while there are other notable candidates to watch out for in the opener and 16:30.

Catterick Tips

  • 2.10 – Petra Celera @ 9/4
  • 4.30 – Spanish Hustle @ 5/4
  • 5.05 – Quercus @ 13/8

2.10 – Petra Celera @ 9/4

With Soft, Good to Soft going currently listed and more rain forecast, the cut in the ground could aid Petra Celera’s hopes of a first win in the opener, a Maiden Stakes.

The two-year-old was a credible third at Ayr last week and a previous second at Hamilton adds to the feeling she has a liking for 6f, having been eighth of nine over 5f on debut at Carlisle in June.

Those last two runs came with some give underfoot and she seems primed to take another step forward.

The in-form Clifford Lee looks like a shrewd booking due to his, as of writing, 15 per cent strike rate from the last fortnight and Karl Burke appears to have selected well as he targets Petra Celera’s first victory.

4.30 – Spanish Hustle @ 5/4

A look at the form hints that Spanish Hustle should take the penultimate race in North Yorkshire, a Handicap over 1m4f, which features Betfred’s Extra Place offer.

Jim Goldie’s son of former Group 2 winner Pearl Secret has won on two of his last three starts, most recently taking out a similar contest at Hamilton.

Spanish Hustle also triumphed at Hamilton in June before finishing as a runner-up at Musselburgh to pencil in recent form figures of 121 ahead of this trip south of the border.

The aforementioned Lee has been on board for two of those rides and is undoubtedly a rider in form.

Opposition could come from Jamil, who was a C&D scorer in May from a 3lb lower mark, while Paul Mulrennan’s booking will attract punters to Valley Of Flowers.

Spanish Hustle is still the standout, though, and can make it three wins from four outings.

5.05 – Quercus @ 13/8

Quercus has shown a real liking for Catterick so far in his career and there appears no reason why Ann Duffield’s gelding can’t get up again in the closing Handicap.

The most recent of his four successes at this track came last week and, while the six-year-old has received a penalty, the optics are good again.

There will be interest in the consistent John Kirkup, while punters might also be attracted by Ginato being 13lb lower than his win – a course and distance success in September 2021.

However, Quercus’ claims appear too strong and with Joe Fanning retaining the ride, this repeat outing over 6f could see a rerun of last week’s result in a contest that carries the added bonus of Betfred’s Free Bet if 2nd promotion.

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