Timeform’s best bets at Catterick Monday

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A tight handicap in which SAMEEM is taken to capitalize on a practice mark and end a long losing streak. He had his best effort of the season when he finished second in a similar event at Haydock last time out and he is more than capable of winning a race of this nature for an in-form yard. Recent Beverley winner Irv is another of interest and may pose the biggest threat.

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TALAMANCA showed much improved form when opening his account in great style at Windsor last week and has excellent follow-up claims under a 6-pound penalty. He was freed by a return to sprinting and switching to peak tactics, going with great enthusiasm and stretching easily. He will be hard to beat if he is in the same form. Man Made of Smoke assesses the greatest danger.

QUERCUS came particularly close in his last two starts over course and distance and can rightly get back to winning ways now. He would more than likely have won had he stayed straight at the finish, hanging left when challenged inside the final furrow and only steered down the line by the opposing Rain Cap. He is clearly in great shape right now and should reverse that form now. Sfumato, down to 6f, is a threat, as is Gullane One from a practical draw.

KEY LOOK was well supported and rode her best race of the season when she finished second at Doncaster at the end of last month and she can be marked for that effort, easily achieving the best of the four horses that ran from the stands side. She came through this race looking like she was back in top form and this course and distance winner remains an interesting horse from a 2-pound mark down from her last win. It should also be noted that she did well in the second half of the season last year. Far From A Ruby, who got back to winning ways at Ayr last time out, may give the selection more food for thought.

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HILARY’S BOY arrives here in good order, successfully in Leicester in July before a successful return to this location three weeks ago, and a further performance should see him firmly in the mix again. Obee Jo caught some attention in Ayr on his last outing and is feared on this track, while Absolute Dream and Barrister Blaster are a few others of note in an open handicap.

This is by no means a deep race and it will be disappointing if MEMORY unable to open account. She had a most encouraging debut when she was third behind Emily Upjohn on her Sandown debut (solid form), but failed to improve as expected when she was sent off for her next start in Redcar. She’s enjoyed a break since and is stepping up her journey now, and based on her early form, she should be very tough to beat. Firebolt and Menelaus are the obvious dangers.

There are several to consider here, but the vote goes to ASTAPOUR, who looks to pick these to weight on the form of his recent excellent second Redcar, and is worth backing to move up a spot better now. Red Allure is next on the list following their success at Carlisle, although course and distance scorers King Crimson and Golden Gal both look sure to be on the scene as well.

13:50 – Sameem
2:20 p.m. – Talamanca
2:50 p.m. – Quercus
3:20 p.m. – Key look
15:55 – Hilary’s boy
16:25 – Remembering
4:55 p.m. – Astapor

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