Misconduct is napped

 

Misconduct stands out as today's best bet in the Wensley Mares' Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Catterick. A winner three times on the Flat last summer, the five-year-old hinted at ability in two novice hurdles before running poorly at Fontwell.

But on her handicap debut at Folkestone last week, Misconduct hit form in no uncertain manner.

The grey cruised away from her 15 rivals and despite being eased right down on the run-in, still had 21 lengths to spare over Kerry's Oats.

Unsurprisingly, her performance caught the attention of the stewards and trainer Merrita Jones put the improved display down to better ground after stating that Misconduct had got "bogged down" at Fontwell.

Goodish ground is forecast for today and it is very hard to get away from Misconduct, who has a 7lb penalty but looks streets ahead of the handicapper on last week's evidence.

Es Go can continue his good run of form in the Harrogate Novices' Hurdle. Robin Bastiman's six-year-old impressively beat Alhawa by six lengths over course and distance in December before being outpointed by Running Man at Musselburgh.

He resumed winning ways back at Musselburgh when handing out a 13 length beating to Lead Dancer and despite shouldering a double penalty can take this runof-the-mill event.

Prince Of Saints has yet to hit form this season but goes well at Catterick. He is the value option to repeat last year's win in a very tricky race for the Greta Bridge Handicap Chase.

At Leicester, Centaur Express should be able to follow up his course victory of five weeks ago by taking the Oakham Handicap Chase.