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Nick Williams and James Reveley can team up for a first winner of the season together at Catterick, reckons our Will Hayler.
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Veauce De Sivola - 1.35 Catterick
Nick Williams isn't the sort of man to get stuck in arrangement that isn't quite working and - although I haven't seen any sort of formal confirmation - I'm presuming that James Reveley no longer holds the title of stable jockey, as was handed to him in 2012.
Reveley has continued to ride extensively for Williams in France and the pair teamed up take home more than £100,000 when Reve De Sivola took a Grade One at Auteuil in November, memorably coming from fifth to first in the last few strides to claim the cash. But back on home shores, the pair are currently 0-from-2 so far this season.
Perhaps it's that win at Auteuil that sees Williams turn to Reveley today, as Veauce De Sivola is the baby brother of Reve De Sivola - or maybe it's just the fact that he's based just a few miles up the road and knows the track inside out.
Two miles is in time surely going to prove sharp enough for Veauce De Sivola given his pedigree, but the very soft conditions - 19mm of rain overnight has not been enough to see the meeting fall by the wayside, but it surely will be enough to mean that the going is particularly testing - should be right in his favour.
His hurdles form was patchy to say the least, but Williams specifically buys horses who he believes will improve over fences and this five-year-old's chasing debut in the WL and Hector Christie Memorial Trophy could well produce the sort of progress that will be required to see him get the better of rivals with recent winning form such as Suprise Vendor and Alderbrook Lad.
Nor could Williams be in much better form, with four of his eight runners in the last fortnight to have scored.