Racing preview for Wednesday, July 6
Rock Steady posted a useful performance on his seasonal return and is the one to be with in the 32Red.com Handicap at Kempton.
The three-year-old will be having just his sixth start and gives the impression Roger Charlton has plenty left to work with in this son of Intikhab.
Out of luck in three maiden starts, Rock Steady hit the target on his first handicap spin, winning at Wolverhampton in October before checking out on his winter break.
Charlton clearly had to exercise plenty of patience in the interim as Rock Steady did not actually return until last month, stepping up to a mile for the first time.
He was tackling an extra furlong but was motoring in the final furlong and only narrowly missed out on second place.
The handicapper raised him 1lb for that run but he remains on a mark of 79 and looks a likely type.
Solo Hunter can regain the winning thread despite having to race off a career-high mark in the Grosvenor Casino At Great Yarmouth Handicap at the seaside track.
The five-year-old has made steady progress since switching from David Evans to Martyn Meade’s yard, although his relative consistency means he now has to race off a perch of 89 - 17lb higher than at that start of last year.
One win and a handful of placed efforts, including second in a decent Newmarket heat, saw him jumping up the ladder and while he has yet to win off this kind of perch, he has still been running with credit.
The only truly disappointing effort he has posted of late was when he was last at Chester back in May and while no excuses were found, it may just have been the unique nature of the Roodee was not to his liking as his previous efforts at the venue have also been merely so-so.
His recent third at Sandown may be a better measure of Solo Hunter though and with Frankie Dettori booked, Meade is surely signalling his intention.
Catterick: 2.20 Decadent Times, 2.50 Swashbuckle, 3.20 Springforth, 3.50 Tricky Dicky, 4.20 West Coast Flyer, 4.50 Jebal Tara, 5.20 Totally Magic, 5.50 Rose Eclair.
Kempton: 5.45 Capolavoro, 6.15 Dheyaa, 6.45 ROCK STEADY (NAP), 7.15 Aryeh, 7.45 Hurricane Volta, 8.15 Petite Jack, 8.45 Dutch Golden Age.
Bath: 6.00 Titus Secret, 6.30 Captain Ryan, 7.00 Ejbaar, 7.30 Justice Smart, 8.00 The Bay Bandit, 8.30 Primobella, 9.00 Ballyfarsoon.
Lingfield: 2.00 Rising Eagle, 2.30 Grey Britain, 3.00 Walking In Rhythm, 3.30 All The Rage, 4.00 Hier Encore, 4.30 Barren Brook, 5.00 Whitstable Pearl.
Yarmouth: 2.10 Highland Lotus, 2.40 Vedani, 3.10 Dalavand, 3.40 Refulgence, 4.10 Solo Hunter, 4.40 Cool Silk Girl, 5.10 Takatul.
Double: Rock Steady and Solo Hunter.