Body and Soul can be perfect

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Body And Soul can make a perfect start to the season by winning the CB Hutchinson Memorial Challenge Cup at Ripon.

The Tim Easterby-trained sprinter is a classy filly, as she showed at Redcar last October when she waltzed nearly three lengths clear in the Listed Two-Year-Old Trophy.

That was just her sixth racecourse appearance, yet she has already racked up nearly £290,000 in prize-money after having claimed the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury as a juvenile.

But perhaps of most significance here is Body And Soul’s ability to handle cut in the ground. With lots of rain forecast, that asset is likely to come in very handy for this six-furlong affair.

Even if she is not fully wound up on her first start for 225 days, Body And Soul still should easily have the measure of most of these rivals.

It is tougher to make a case for Osteopathic Remedy in the Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse Handicap, but he could quite possibly go in at a big price.

Michael Dods’ three-times course scorer also loves it when the mud is flying, with his half-length defeat of Extraterrestrial at Ayr last September achieved on heavy ground.

Osteopathic Remedy has not done a great deal since then, but he did not shape too badly at Thirsk two weeks ago on rattling fast ground.

With the handicapper having relieved him of 1lb for that spin, the gelded son of Inchinor is now on the same mark off which he struck at Ayr last year.

Young jockey Connor Beasley also gets on particularly well with Dods’ inmate, and his 7lb claim could prove the difference in what looks, on paper at least, to be his easiest assignment for quite a while.

Brunswick Gold might be the solution to the Rum “N” Rasen Handicap Chase at Market Rasen.