COURSE specialist Give It Some Teddy looks primed to return to winning form at Redcar on Saturday.
The eight-year-old Tim Easterby-trained gelding clearly loves Redcar, having won four times over the course and distance, including two wins in the Straight Mile Series Final in 2018 and 2019 (see picture in the winner's enclosure below).
He was on a handicap mark of 81 when he won that race two years ago and is down to 72 for Saturday’s Join Racing TV Now Handicap, again over a mile.
He hasn’t won in 11 runs since landing a handicap at Thirsk a year ago but showed enough when fourth in his last two runs at Newcastle and Thirsk to suggest it’s time for a ninth career win, with the reliable Duran Fentiman riding.
The County Durham yard of Michael Dods is still on a high after last weekend's historic Stewards' Cup double by Commanche Falls at Glorious Goodwood. Dods saddles four runners in the race, including Redcar winners A Boy Called Ivy and Diamondonthehill. The latter, reunited with the jockey who won on him on the track in April 2021, could be the pick of the Denton Hall quartet.
Redcar Racecourse is 150 years old on August 9, and the feature on a seven-race card is aptly named the Celebrating 150 Years of Redcar Racecourse Handicap.
David O’Meara’s Azano (pictured below) returned to form with a win under topweight at the course last month and aims to defy a five-pound penalty under Jason Watson.
However, Golden Voice, trained at Newmarket by William Haggas and ridden by Steve Donohoe, is flying high, with three wins and a second from four runs this season, and looks hard to beat.
The blossoming O’Meara-Watson partnership will expect to get off the mark in the opening Market Cross Jewellers Claiming Stakes for two-year-olds with Bara Lacha. The Mondialiste filly, bred at Elwick Stud, near Hartlepool, has shown enough in nurseries to break her duck at this lower level.
O’Meara and Watson will also fancy their chances in the Celebrate The Life of Ann Allport Restricted Maiden Stakes with Irish Approach. The gelding by Derby winner New Approach came on for his first run to be a promising second at Nottingham last time and can go one better.
Ann Duffield’s course and distance winner Cuppacoco produced an improved performance to be a close second to Isle of Dreams at the last Redcar meeting, and a reproduction of that form may be good enough in the Woodsmith Construction Group Classified Stakes.
Ravenglass, trained at Malton by Richard Fahey and ridden by Oisin Orr, was a very respectable runner-up to Jim Goldie’s on-form Yaaser at Ayr a week ago, and the son of Ribchester looks a good bet to break his maiden in the penultimate Who’ll Be The Yorkshire Wonder Horse Handicap.
It’s back to the David O’Meara yard for the concluding Watch Race Replays On Racing TV Handicap. Glory and Honour was a cosy winner at Catterick last time and is on the same mark under Shane Gray.