Big Kitten has been a smart performer, postmarking a high of 101 and being rated between 80 and 90 all his career, having won over ten furlongs off a mark of 85.
He has been trained primarily by Mark Johnston and William Haggas, but most recently by the shrewd John McConnell, who sent him over hurdles this summer.
This switch also combined with a step up in trip to two miles on the flat, partly due to McConnell apparently training him to settle and trying to help him stay longer trips over jumps. These two-mile runs were not entirely poor, but he did not prove to be a strong stayer.
16:45 (Dundalk) Big Kitten
What is of interest today is that Big Kitten looks like a real all-weather specialist - in his twelve starts on synthetics, he has won twice and been placed a further six times, with the majority of these runs being off marks in the 90s.
This year McConnell has so far campaigned him solely on grass, until giving him a mini-break after the summer. He returned recently for an outing on this same track over two miles, when he again weakened late on but still postmarked 80.
That was a nice sharpener back on all-weather, and today he takes a significant drop back in trip to his winning distance of one mile, two furlongs. He was sharp enough to win over a mile back in 2018 off 85, and with him only being seven, today's trip appears to be his optimum distance.
In the past Big Kitten has been happy to make the running or race prominently over this trip, so he is ideally berthed in stall one and hopefully his connections will decide that today is the day to go for it.
His odds of 66/1 look huge for his chances, and he remains well worth a point each way, even as low as 20/1.