Racing: Wednesday’s preview

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The rather pessimistically named Hard Core Debt can finally cash in at Catterick.

Trainer Brian Ellison has been unable to get a win on the board with the four-year-old since his arrival from Ireland last summer, but that may change after the Yorkshire Welcomes Le Grand Depart Handicap.

The gelded son of Muhtathir was rated as highly as 86 in his homeland, but he has not yet replicated the kind of form which saw him easily claim a Sligo maiden last June.

There have, however, been increasingly positive signs that he is finally getting his act together for the North Yorkshire handler.

Hard Core Debt shaped reasonably well at Musselburgh on June 7, on ground that was probably softer than ideal, after which his effort over a mile at Redcar a few weeks later was another step up.

Despite breaking slowly - as is his wont - the Ellison horse did well to gain a foothold into the race before he grew a little weary late on.

Hard Core Debt was still only beaten three-quarters of a length Tanawar, which is no mean effort at that grade.

Ellison has opted to revert to seven furlongst, which looks especially wise on the evidence of his last spin at Redcar.

And while this is allegedly a step up in class, there is surely nothing in the eight-runner field that will unduly worry connections.

Chepstow regular Belle Park has a good opportunity in which to enhance her strong figures at the Monmouthshire circuit when she runs in the bet365.com Handicap.

Now in training with Victor Dartnall, the seven-year-old mare made a grand start for her new handler with a comprehensive defeat of Urban Space over this mile-and-a-quarter trip on May 28.

* Selections -

Catterick: 2.30 Jebediah Shine, 3.00 Tachophobia, 3.30 Patavium, 4.00 HARD CORE DEBT (NAP), 4.30 Hot Spice, 5.00 Betty Boo.

Chepstow: 6.10 Town Crier, 6.40 Logans Lad, 7.10 Field Force, 7.40 Imperial Glance, 8.10 Solar View, 8.40 Innoko, 9.10 Belle Park.

Kempton: 5.50 Ray Of Joy, 6.20 Honey Meadow, 6.50 Almerzem, 7.20 Desert Snow, 7.50 Panda Spirit, 8.20 Presto Volante, 8.50 Incendo, 9.20 Tenor.

Perth: 2.10 Gabrial The Great, 2.40 Lady Fingers, 3.10 Ryton Runner, 3.40 Bow School, 4.10 The Panama Kid, 4.40 Super Collider.

Worcester: 2.20 High Kite, 2.50 Spanish Optimist, 3.20 Black Bizarre, 3.50 Royale’s Charter, 4.20 Roberto Pegasus, 4.50 Lygon Legend, 5.20 Mr Maynard.

Double: Hard Core Debt and Presto Volante.