Monday 23 February 2015

Tuesday Preview – Nefyn Can Prove A Point

Bridget Andrews, winner of the National Ladies Point to Point Championship in 2013/14, is an interesting booking for Donald McCain’s 6-year-old Nefyn Point in the opening Lady Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle (2.00) at Catterick on Tuesday. The Overbury gelding escapes a penalty for his half length defeat of Honourable Gent in a conditional jockeys’ event at Wetherby last week and, although his stamina for an extra three furlongs needs to be taken on trust, he’s hard to oppose.

A line through Amtired, who finished fourth at Wetherby, suggests Nefyn Point is closely handicapped with Deny, but Henry Hogarth’s charge weakened in the closing stages when last of eight, beaten 60 lengths, behind Politbureau at Newcastle last month and is probably best watched for the time being.

In truth, Nefyn Point is probably the more progressive of the pair in any case. He didn’t show much on his first four starts, in the spring and summer of 2013, but wasn’t seen again in public again until Boxing Day. He was entitled to need his reappearance run, his first for 18 months, but has won both subsequent starts and may still be open to significant improvement. He probably doesn’t want too much rain, but otherwise appeals as something of a ‘good thing’ at around 2/1 in the early price lists.

Selection: Catterick 2.00 Nefyn Point to win

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