Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Horse Racing: Doubts but Categorical the Choice; Reveley Looks to Have Sorted Stamina Out

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Horse Racing: Doubts but Categorical the Choice; Reveley Looks to Have Sorted Stamina Out

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Byline: Moscrop

NOBODY can be absolutely sure that Categorical will win the final of the Betfred Poker Juvenile Novices' Series at Newcastle today but he seems to have stronger claims than most of his 11 rivals.

His trainer Keith Reveley won this sponsored prize two years ago with Rambling Minster when it was a handicap for older horses. Now confined to three-year-olds, Categorical comes on an upward curve.

Rated 71 on the Flat, he dispelled any stamina doubts when put to sleep by Richie McGrath at the back of his field at Wetherby last time, survived a mistake at the third from home when upsides the leader, before taking over approaching the next flight.

Pushed clear between the last two obstacles, McGrath was able to ease him up towards the finish, yet he still had ten lengths to spare over Special Order. The handicapper has had his say by giving him a rating of 110 for his first venture into handicap company but that might not stop further progress.

Top weight European Dream is also a big player. The pair met at Newcastle on Categorical's second start and the selection is allowed a pound for a beating of just under two lengths. However, Categorical turned in an eye-catching performance that day and wasn't knocked about after finishing with some purpose from the last flight.

He is a keen sort and his jockey restrained him for most of the way and arguably he was given too much to do in a muddling pace, although this could have been a fact-finding mission in terms of finding out about his stamina.

While Categorical was flying at the finish, the winner won with more in hand than the official margin suggests and it's no certainty his rival will get his revenge

There is little between River Logic and Carrietau on Sedgefield running but it would be no real surprise to see the former reverse placings on these revised terms. …

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