Likeable colt Gurkha Friend has to be followed at Catterick.
The four-year-old has always been well regarded by Northumberland trainer Karen McLintock and can illustrate the point in the catterickbridge.co.uk Handicap.
Gurkha Friend has only won once in an eight-race career, but that victory was particularly noteworthy.
The son of Showcasing won a six-furlong conditions stakes at Leicester by half a length, which was no mean feat as runner-up Growl had previously finished second in the Mill Reef at Newbury.
It has hardly been a cakewalk to glory since then, but the proverbial green shoots of recovery were evident at Ayr last month.
Gurkha Friend finished third on only his second try over seven furlongs, but stamina was not an issue as he only went down by a length.
He also had to be switched wide for a run so that should also be taken into account.
Even so, the handicapper has fairly kept him on the same mark of 78 for what does not look quite as good a race.
Versatile in terms of ground, and with his prowess over seven furlongs now assured, this looks a lovely opportunity for a horse who is still pretty unexposed.
Clem Fandango raised the odd eyebrow on her debut at Beverley and looks the one in the Catterick Badgeholders’ Guest Evening Fillies’ Novice Auction Stakes.
Keith Dalgleish’s young filly was smashed to pieces in the betting before a five-furlong maiden on the Westwood and very nearly delivered.
The daughter of Elzaam looked extremely raw, but she improved with every stride and only succumbed by three-quarters of a length to a race-fit Seafront, who looks above average.
* Selections - Exeter: 5.45 Bonne Question, 6.15 Dusky Legend, 6.45 Tagrita, 7.15 Next Sensation, 7.45 Peterbrown, 8.15 Max Dynamo.
Brighton: 2.20 Assassinate, 2.50 Indian Tinker, 3.20 Ice Slice, 3.55 Tempuran, 4.25 Fitzwilliam, 4.55 Zephyros, 5.25 Royal Bajan.
Catterick: 5.55 Clem Fandango, 6.25 Chilworth Bells, 6.55 Musdam, 7.25 GURKHA FRIEND (NAP), 7.55 Madam Lilibet, 8.25 Elusivity
Sedgefield: 2.10 Champagne Chaser, 2.40 Debt To Society, 3.10 Vision De La Vie, 3.40 Overtheedge, 4.15 My Friend George, 4.45 Violoniste, 5.20 Scorpions Sting.
Fakenham: 2.00 Jonnie Skull, 2.30 Guanciale, 3.00 Hollow Bay, 3.30 Irish Thistle, 4.05 Broken Eagle, 4.35 Bohernagore.
Double: Gurkha Friend and Clem Fandango.