Short Work was beaten, but far from disgraced, when stepped back up to 7 furlongs at York last time and should benefit from the return to what appears to be his optimum distance in the Racing UK.com Handicap (3.45) at Catterick on Tuesday. The Kyllachy gelding has held his form well since winning over 6 furlongs at Pontefract, winning two more handicaps over 6 furlongs, including one over course and distance, and running creditably in defeat on both starts over 7 furlongs. Soft ground clearly holds no terrors for David O’Meara’s 4-year-old and, while he’s yet to win in this grade, he’s in the form of his life and only just scrapes into this 0-80 contest. Back over 6 furlongs, off a 1lb lower mark than at York, Short Work looks a decent bet to make it four wins from his last six starts.
Selection: Catterick 3.45 Short Work to win 7/4 Fav