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Time for Wishing on a well bred and gutsy little star

Danny Tudhope: the Flat jockey is 32 today
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Frankel's visit to Beyond Desire was probably expected to produce something that was better than 46-60 grade but a winner is a winner.

Although her sire may be the greatest racehorse of all time and her dam was a Group 3-winning sprinter, Wishing Time had shown only modest form in three runs in maidens.

However, the filly battled well to gain a first success in the 5f handicap for three-year-olds, scoring by a head off a mark of 58 in the colours of Qatar Racing and Clipper Logistics.

"This is her grade," said jockey Danny Tudhope. "She is not very big but she is genuine, she tries."

Iain Jardine, who had much his best season with 36 winners in 2016, moved on to 13 for the current year as Fingal's Cave gave him a third victory in four days by landing the 7f claimer.

"The horses are in good nick," said the trainer, whose useful stayers Shrewd and Nakeeta are both entered in the 188Bet Chester Cup.

"Shrewd runs at the weekend but Nakeeta is the more likely to run at Chester," Jardine said. "He was beaten a nose last year and I hope he can go one better." 

Ruth Carr warmed up for Sovereign Debt's bid to land the valuable Sunbets All-Weather Mile Conditions Stakes at Lingfield by winning the feature 1m4f handicap with Be Perfect.

James Sullivan got things exactly right in front to score by a neck and a nose here and he will be hoping for a similar result on Friday.

"That was a particularly good ride - but it was a long last furlong!" said Carr.

"We are very excited about Sovereign Debt. He was a bit unlucky at Kempton last time but he has come out of that very well and we hope he will have better luck at Lingfield."

Off the mark

Kajaki made it ninth time lucky for Kevin Ryan as he landed the 1m6f handicap.

His trainer had had eight horses placed over the previous two days at Redcar and Pontefract but the 4-1 favourite gave him his first victory of the turf season as he scored by a length and a half under Kevin Stott. 

Major Valentine wins in front of a decent holiday crowd on a sunny afternoon at Catterick

Catterick's 17-day Flat season will feature Local Business day (May 25), Racing recruitment day (June 2) and Yorkshire day (June 10).

There is only one evening meeting, compared to three in 2017, and worse news for racegoers is that the roadworks which can make getting to and from the track a chore are set to continue.

"They were due to finish this spring but they have found Roman remains and it will now be September or October," said clerk of the course Fiona Needham.


THE BUZZ

It's that man again
Richard Fahey was top trainer at Catterick in 2016 and he struck with his only runner on the first day of the new season as Bahamian Bird took the 7f handicap.

Claimer in form
Apprentice Jamie Gormley is doing well for Iain Jardine and gained his second winner in his last four rides on Fingal's Cave. 

Cover up
David Griffiths was out of luck with Tavener in the 7f handicap but revealed that sprint star Take Cover is 'as good as ever' at home at the age of ten and being aimed at the Temple Stakes, with his season geared around a bid to land the King George Stakes at Goodwood for the third time.


Thought for the day
Be Perfect indeed. James Sullivan judged things exactly right in the feature 1m4f handicap and held on by a neck and a nose. 

Results and analysis

That was a particularly good ride - but it was a long last furlong!
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