Faster ground than he’s encountered for a while is a slight doubt about Catchin Time in the Le Garcon D’Or Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (5.30) at Kelso on Monday but, otherwise, Laura Hurley’s 7-year-old has plenty for going for him. The Chineur gelding steps into 0-115 company for the first time since joining his current yard in December, but has shown progressive form since beaten in a selling hurdle at Leicester and can keep up the good work.
He was, in fact, a maiden after 13 starts over hurdles in Ireland, but the change of scenery has evidently done him a power of good and a further 6lb rise in the weights may not prevent him from completing a four-timer. Warwickshire permit holder Laura Hurley has no qualms about the ground and, indeed, said after his last run, “…he’ll better on better ground, so we'll wait a few weeks until it dries up before we run him again.” An absence of eight weeks shouldn’t inconvenience him and he can justify odds of around 5/2 in the early price lists.
Selection: Kelso 5.30 Catchin Time to win