Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Show Can Strike Gold FORTUER in Catterick Hurdle; Saraband

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Show Can Strike Gold FORTUER in Catterick Hurdle; Saraband

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GOLD Show must have an excellent chance of winning over hurdles at the fifth attempt when she is sent into battle at Catterick.

The Edwin Tuer-trained mare has hardly sent shockwaves throughout the racing world since her transition from moderate Flat performer to novice hurdler.

That said, her most recent effort over course and distance must give Tuer great optimism of a big show in the Cheltenham Preview Evening February 28th Handicap Hurdle.

Gold Show travelled kindly for regular jockey Tony Kelly, having previously unluckily been brought down at Wetherby over Christmas, and was only defeated by Getabuzz in a strongly-run encounter.

Although the form, at least on first glance, did not look anything special, the winner has since dotted up at Sedgefield, while the wellheld third horse home, Mohawk Ridge, breezed 10 lengths clear at Carlisle on Wednesday.

Gold Show has shown a fondness for heavy ground, so there will be no issues on that score, while this race is not teeming with quality.

Cheltenham Festival winner Son Of Flicka looks the one in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.

It seems an age since the 10-yearold defeated Get Me Out Of Here by three and a half lengths in the Coral Cup in March 2012, such was his steady decline for previous connections.

Now with North Yorkshire trainer Tony Coyle, Son Of Flicka has made a satisfactory start back under the chasing regime and was a good second over course and distance on New Year's Day.

Coyle's inmate jumped pretty well that day and only went down by a length and a half to Dungeel, who looks useful.

Son Of Flicka is probably unlikely to ever match his hurdling achievements over fences, but he has winning form on soft ground and is clearly coming back to decent form. …

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