Back the champ at Catterick
AP McCoy drops a big hint to punters today with a rare trip to Catterick and our Ben Coley is keen to take advantage.
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AP McCoy makes an extremely rare visit to Catterick this afternoon and it's worth taking the hint by backing Get Back In Line in the 3.20.
The champion jockey has only been to the Yorkshire track twice in recent years, and to my eye the reason for this visit is the run of Jonjo O'Neill's five-year-old.
Get Back In Line ran a taking race on his debut over obstacles at Plumpton, when a never-threatening second to better-fancied stablemate Mr Watson, and given that he was sent off at 33/1 that day it's clear that expectations were exceeded.
The winner franked the form in no uncertain terms by coming out and winning a competitive handicap hurdle to earn a revised rating of 139, and a repeat of the effort should see Get Back In Line take all the beating.
Special Catch, twice a course-and-distance winner, looks the chief threat.
He hasn't been extended in two hurdles victories and clearly relishes the forecast conditions, but the form of his most recent success looks weak and this looks a much tougher assignment, particularly giving 10lb to the likely favourite.
Similar comments apply to Morning Royalty, who has earned an identical rating of 128 following a pair of facile Carlisle wins.
These two combine to ensure we'll get a decent price about Get Back In Line, whose form already looks up to the required standard. The 10lb received combined with obvious scope for improvement make him the one to be on.
It's worth mentioning one of McCoy's other rides on the card, Kandari.
The pick of his hurdles form - which includes a fine fifth in the County Hurdle and a couple of strong efforts when in the care of Noel Meade - makes this one look particularly well treated off a mark of 120.
However, he's been far from fluent over fences so far and will almost certainly need to jump better to be a factor off top weight.
Conditions do look ideal, however, so the advice is to keep a close eye on the market ahead of his run in the 3.55 to see if connections think they've ironed out his jumping problems.
His other is Tell Me Y in the 2.45 and he's another possible should first-time blinkers work the oracle, although conditions are a concern so he's left alone.