Thursday 19 October 2017

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Irish Grand National heroine Katie Walsh heads to Redcar with a winning chance on the Flat tomorrow (Friday).

The sister of legendary National Hunt jockey, Ruby Walsh, won the Irish Grand National on Thunder and Roses in 2015 and finished third in the Grand National itself on Seabass in 2012.

She lines up in division one of the Watch Race Replays At Handicap for lady amateur riders on Relevant. Karl Burke’s filly was second in a three-horse race at Carlisle on September 18 but the Irish jockey’s trip to the North-East is hard to resist.

Division two concludes yet another eight-race card at Redcar, which has certainly given punters value for money this season. Another star lady rider, York lawyer Serena Brotherton, is the pick here on Michael Appleby’s Harrington, who was second to course specialist Kiwi Bay at Redcar in July.

The bumper card gets underway at 1.30pm and Leyburn trainer Jedd O’Keeffe can continue his fine season with Saisons D’or, who was a decent third last time to Mark Johnston’s Rastacap.
The main danger is likely to come from Newmarket raider, Nicklaus, although the William Haggas colt needs to settle better than he did when a below par fifth of 12 at Kempton last time.

Michael Dods is always to be feared at Redcar and Grimeford Lane will be fancied in the claimer at 2pm following his win in a Wolverhampton seller last time. Jamie Osborne’s Montague, a winner at Chelmsford City a week ago, looks sure to go close again despite carrying top weight.

It is worth noting in the Sam Hall Memorial Handicap that the Ian Williams’ Midlands raider So Celebre makes a rapid reappearance after a fine second behind Mark Johnston’s Star of Lombardy at Lingfield on Wednesday.

Stephensons Rocket makes the long trip from Lambourn for the Market Cross Jewellers British EBF Novice Stakes. The Teofilio colt, trained by Ed Walker and ridden in a rare visit to Redcar by Pat Cosgrave, kept on well to be second to John Gosden’s Crossed Baton at Sandown on his debut.

John Quinn’s Van Velde was the solid winner of a Redcar maiden last month, beating Newmarket trainer George Scott’s Essential by two and a half lengths. Essential is back for another crack, this time under Jamie Spencer, but there seems no reason why he should turn the tables.

Dandy’s Denouement hasn’t been seen since finishing a close second to Ed Dunlop’s Khitaamy at Catterick in July and may be the answer in the 4.20pm. Tim Easterby’s Vive La Difference was a staying on runner-up at Catterick on September 23 and shouldn’t be far away.


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