Gin could be the tonic for punters at Catterick
Richard Fahey has a fascinating contender for Catterick's Veteran Handicap this afternoon.
Figures of 503066 in front of a horse's name don't immediately inspire confidence but further examination of GIN IN THE INN's credentials suggest a different picture. He last ran at Ripon a month ago and was following the eventual runner-up Muscika on the rails when tapped for speed two furlongs out. Then hampered, he lost all chance of being involved in the finish and was brought out wide before running on. He wouldn't have won even without the interference, but it showed him to still have a race or two still in him, with today possibly one of them.
Significantly, he goes off a mark this afternoon of 77, the lowest he has been since winning at Redcar in April, 2017. In between, he has raced off a rating as high as 92 in a Class 2 at Newmarket - a little different than today's Class 5 racingtv.com Veterans' Handicap at Catterick. The question is ultimately whether he has deteriorated more than the drop in the handicap and a reference to his win a year ago encourages the view that he hasn't. Trainer Richard Fahey is 39 from 218 at the course (19%), which is more than encouraging.
FINAL FRONTIER looks the biggest danger having won last time and another having dropped considerably in the weights before his last-time-out victory. He is back up 6lb today though, and that might just make the difference between a win and a place. Zylan is being backed but it's difficult to find a reason why on form, so in a race of horses that are looking for rejuvenation, Gin In The Inn looks best at 7/1.