3.45 Catterick, Tuesday, October 31

3.45 Catterick, Tuesday, October 31  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

5.25 Kempton, Monday, October 9

5.25 Kempton, Monday, October 9  In the Matchbook Casino Novice Stakes (5.25) at Kempton on Monday, Sergio Leone was, unsurprisingly, no match for the long odds-on Take Me With You at Windsor five weeks ago, but nevertheless improved on his debut effort and looks a readymade winner-in-waiting. Although left behind by the winner in the closing stages at Windsor, the Acclamation colt drew 5 lengths clear of the rest and drops in class for his Polytrack debut. Take Me With You has an official rating of 100 and could be a filly for the


Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf, according to her trainer Jeremy Noseda, so the form looks strong in the context of this race. Sergio Leone has reportedly been working well at Richard Hannon’s East Everleigh base and looks primed to strike after two encouraging efforts.


Selection: Kempton 5.25 Sergio Leone to win 3-1