Race of the Day on Sky Sports Racing: Mike Cattermole hoping to end year on a high with Kerry Lee runner at Uttoxeter | Racing News

Sky Athletics Racing’s Mike Cattermole is hoping to indication off 2022 with a winner in the Race of the Working day at Uttoxeter on Saturday.

The In Memory of June Taylor Handicap Hurdle (1.43) at Uttoxeter on Saturday is a Course 3 function above two-and-a-fifty percent miles which at first attracted 13 declarations for its pot of in excess of £21,000, while Go Dante has scoped terribly and has now been withdrawn.

The remaining dozen will just take a little bit of contemplating through and it is no surprise that the sector implies that it is pretty wide-open. Indeed, an outstanding race.

THE CONTENDERS

Nickle Back

Free-runner who totally bolted up by 30 lengths on smooth floor at Fontwell in Oct, 2021. Even so, was absent for 406 times later on and arrived back at Cheltenham previous month when opening up an massive benefit at 1 phase only to tire and end well held.

Tried out in a hood (retained in this article) upcoming time at Huntingdon when dropped back again to two miles and weakened in the closing levels. Has been dropped 4lb due to the fact his return but wants to settle down a bit to fulfil his likely.

Message Personnel

Started out off his profession in France, successful in deep floor at Dieppe.

His seconds at the two Wetherby and Doncaster at the start of the calendar year have been respectable operates and evidently have been envisioned as he began favorite each instances. But he has been off considering that and been through a wind procedure.

If that has served, then he could well be a major player, and much more rain would do him no hurt.

Kings Keeper

Section of a Gigginstown clearout at Goffs in September when picked up for £21,000 by the ever-shrewd Kerry Lee from Henry De Bromhead. Had received a maiden hurdle at Wexford in June but was tailed off on his chase debut which likely prompted his exit.

Did really well on his British debut in excess of this same system and length when, right after 4 months off, he went down by just a neck to the in-sort Punctuation, who has received all over again due to the fact at Cheltenham. The pair pulled 9 lengths crystal clear of the many others and the stage up in excursion definitely suited him.

Up 4lb now but Angus Cheleda will take off 5lb. With even just a contact of advancement, he appears to be like guaranteed to be thereabouts, primarily as more rain will go well with him. Large participant.

Hermes Boy

Gained at Exeter final December and was two times crushed at odds-on earlier this 12 months so perhaps strategy with a tiny caution as he doesn’t search the most straightforward (can hang).

Nevertheless, he tackled a Course 2 function at Sandown final time over two miles and appeared to be really having difficulties approaching the 2nd previous only to maintain plugging on in 1st-time cheekpieces (retained here) to get fourth driving the wise Like Envoi.

The ground ought to suit and he has an just about every-way shot.

Can You Call

Was chasing at the transform of the calendar year and won at Catterick in February off this very similar mark.

He returned to Taunton after 9 months away and was again over hurdles when operating a decent race in defeat, beaten a size by American Sniper, the two of them ending 25 lengths apparent of the up coming home.

The floor will fit and he has to be significantly deemed.

Evan Williams
Graphic:
Evan Williams sends Can You Connect with back again up in vacation after a very good 2nd at Taunton previous time

Mister Who

Created a battling effectiveness at Lingfield (soft) in November to see off Jubilee Specific in what was his yard’s final winner (while really quiet given that).

A immediate line with Jubilee Convey suggests a tricky request in opposition to Hermes Boy but he is unexposed and almost certainly has a lot more to give.

Blue Stello

Regarded as a chaser in the creating by his famous trainer and after ending second in his position, produced his Regulations debut following a yr off to acquire at Warwick in November 2021, ending very strongly for a slender defeat but getting the race following a stewards’ enquiry simply because he was bumped near household.

Off for around a 12 months now but is evidently complete of opportunity from a best, best lawn and appears probable to start out favourite.

Ballycross

Veteran who was previously with Nicky Henderson – and was rather practical once – but makes his debut for new connections but with a history of two wins from 35 starts. Initially hurdles race for just around a few years and amateur partner is winless from 11 rides. Straightforward to oppose.

Latino Fling

Increasing mare who has been working mostly on great floor this yr and has notched up 5 wins, which includes around the training course and length in July. Has demonstrated her versatility way too more than distances of two to practically three miles.

Off given that remaining held at Kelso in September and wants to come across a bit more, although she does have earlier type on soft.

Hazard D’Argent

Front-runner and regular sort who was second at Wetherby following eight months off and can be predicted to occur on for that. Handles the floor but the step up in journey is a slight query as he was well held when hoping a little something equivalent right before.

Maclaine

Yet another unexposed style who went in at Fontwell in November soon after 10 months off, in spite of edging correct in the direction of the stands’ rail in the closing stages.

The form obtained a improve when the fourth, Alexandra Romanov, received again at that similar keep track of previously this month.

The stable has been tranquil just lately but there must be much more to appear in this kind of company.

Rob Royal

Locally qualified but off because Oct, 2020, when successful commonly at Kelso off just 2lb lower than modern mark. Proficient and is up in vacation but was a issue winner. Increasing 11 now.

THE VERDICT

A lot of options with many evenly raced sorts in the blend, these kinds of as Mister Who, Blue Stello and Maclaine.

But potentially the most sound alternative is KINGS KEEPER who ran a tremendous initially race for Kerry Lee right here final thirty day period and that type has been boosted.

Can You Simply call is reasonably handicapped and charges a danger when Hermes Boy appears to be like enigmatic but could stay on and get some prize cash. Information Personnel is respected, way too, if the wind op has worked.

Very good luck and a Happy New Yr!