London – Diodorus can build on a pleasing first start for new connections in the Betway Live Casino Handicap at Wolverhampton on Monday.
The former Aidan O’Brien inmate has joined the very capable Karen McLintock for 32,000 guineas and it looks like a shrewd buy based on his initial effort.
Having his first run for over 130 days, he showed up well for a long way before coming home fourth in a race similar in depth to what he faces here.
The winner, Sir Chauvelin, had taken part in some of the most prestigious staying handicaps on the Flat and has since won over hurdles.
A four-time winner, Rainbow Rebel, was second while the third, Marco Botti’s Burcan, won next time out.
To offset the bounce factor, McLintock has given Diodorus a nice break and he should prove a tough nut to crack.
McLintock can double up with the very capable Dubawi Fifty in the Betway Stayers Handicap.
The winner of four of his last six outings, his progression has not stopped yet judged on his most recent triumph.
Up with the pace all the way, he looked to have a class edge over his rivals prior to the race and that was exactly how it played out, being value for more than the winning margin of a head.
The runner-up has not really advertised the form but Dubawi Fifty was having his first run since finishing a fine fourth in the Cesarewitch.
He could have gone hurdling so it is notable that connections obviously think there are major prizes to be won on the level with him.
Rockalzaro can claim a second victory at Catterick in the Dine And View At Catterick Races Handicap Hurdle.
Donald McCain’s charge was a winner at the North Yorkshire circuit back in November, opening his account over jumps having won a Carlisle bumper and shaped with clear promise on his jumping bow at Kelso on his seasonal reappearance.
He was a shade disappointing on his most recent start at Sedgefield on Boxing Day, finishing a well-beaten third, but the form is pretty hot with the winner, The Dubai Way, following up at Warwick since and the runner-up, Black Art, subsequently registering successive wins.
Rockalzaro makes his handicap debut from what appears a workable mark of 114 and a bold bid is anticipated.
Le Coeur Net holds obvious claims in the Strong Flavours Catering Novices’ Handicap Chase at Plumpton.
The six-year-old has been a bit of a slow learner over jumps, but came good in some style over this course and distance a fortnight ago.
The handicapper has had his say, bumping him up 4kg, but that might not be enough to stop him going in again now he has discovered the winning trail.
The prospect of testing conditions should hold no fears for him.
The Gary Moore-trained Cheque En Blanc looks to have every chance of completing his hat trick in the Nigel And Barbara Collison Supporting The IJF Handicap Hurdle.
The six-year-old has really upped his game since switching from Tom Symonds’ yard, with a couple of placed efforts followed by successive victories at Taunton and Doncaster.
The style of his latest triumph on Town Moor suggested there is still mileage in his current rating of 99. – Press Association
Betting suggestions (UK starting times):
CATTERICK: 2.00 Jack Devine, 2.35 Rockalzaro, 3.05 Red Infantry, 3.35 Hit And Run, 4.05 No Planning, 4.35 The Some Dance Kid.
PLUMPTON: 2.15 Kaloci, 2.50 San Pedro De Senam, 3.20 Justification, 3.50 Le Coeur Net, 4.20 Cheque En Blanc, 4.50 Upham Running.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.10 Crown Walk, 5.40 Passing Clouds, 6.10 Diodorus, 6.40 DUBAWI FIFTY (NAP), 7.10 Fuel Injection, 7.40 Popsilca, 8.10 Rock Icon, 8.40 Critical Thinking.
DOUBLE: Diodorus and Dubawi Fifty