Thursday's Catterick racing tips: Guerlain to enjoy sweet smell of success

The jumpers are in action at Catterick on Thursday, January 13 where we have selections in the North Yorkshire Grand National and with one stepping up in trip in the opener.

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Here's a quick snapshot of Thursday's tips.

Guerlain De Vaux (12:40 Catterick)

Aazza (13:10)

Tumbling Dice (13:40)

A Different Kind (14:10)

Sidi Ismael (14:40)

Be The Difference (15:10)

Anyharminasking (15:40)

Here's some more detail on our highlighted tips.

12.40 Catterick - Guerlain De Vaux

Oliver Sherwood steps up Guerlain De Vaux to three miles in the first on the card at Catterick, the Watch Racing TV Now Novices' Hurdle (12:40), and after watching him win at Market Rasen last time that is no great surprise.

Beaten nine lengths into fifth in a Chepstow bumper, which looked an insufficient test of stamina for him, he relished going up half-a-mile in trip for his hurdles debut at Market Rasen last month.

He got better the further they went that day, eventually winning going away at 22/1. That was clearly a surprise to more than just one or two punters, but given that significantly improved form, he could take another sizeable step forward now going up to three miles.

He looks the best prospect in this field.

14.10 Catterick - A Different Kind

Donald McCain's A Different Kind is lumbered with a double penalty in the EBF "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle (14:10), but he should be up to defying the extra burden before stepping up in class.

Having won two bumpers and twice over hurdles already, he looks a very exciting prospect.

Last time out he showed he handled cut in the ground and beat a smart performer in Green Book, so if he runs to his mark of 132 that should suffice.

14.40 Catterick - Sidi Ismael

The stamina-sapping North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase (14:40) is the forum for our third Catterick selection of the day, and he's a strong one. There are several dour stayers in this field and also a number of them that are out of form.

The same cannot be said of Sidi Ismael, who is 2-2 over fences and by all accounts is a bit of a character.

David Pipe sends him a long way to contest this first prize of over £15,000 and we'll take the hint. He is up 8lb for an all out win last time, when he flashed his tail, but it appears that there may be more under the bonnet than he is letting on.

He could still be well treated here and the step up to this marathon trip can also help elicit more from him, under Tom Scudamore's ride.

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