Lexington Place can give Ruth Carr arguably the most poignant victory of her training career by winning at Ripon.
The five-year-old chestnut is one of 12 runners declared for the five-furlong David Chapman Memorial Handicap, a race named in honour of the Stillington handler’s much-missed grandfather.
A strong field has been assembled for what is a typically open northern sprint, but Carr’s inmate has been in great nick all summer and deserves to win another nice prize.
It is, then, far from a case of the heart ruling one’s head.
The son of Compton Place knocked off three consecutive victories earlier in the year, but showed at Ayr last month that he might still have a little room with which to manoeuvre before the handicapper gets busy.
That said, Lexington Place perhaps blew his chance at the start as he was slowly out of the traps.
He still made encouraging late headway, though, and was only beaten two and a quarter lengths by Rural Celebration, who renews rivalry at Ripon but off an elevated mark.
Lexington Place, conversely, remains on the same rating, with connections obviously keener than most to win a race of such resonance.
Versatile in terms of whatever the ground is like, there is every chance this has been a long-held plan since the beginning of the year.
Katie Gale won smartly at Musselburgh last month and looks nicely poised to follow up in the Betfred Membership Play Your Way Handicap at Catterick.
Mick Appleby’s stayer does not have many miles on the clock for a five-year-old, yet has not been excessively punished by the assessor for what was quite a snug success at the Scottish venue.
With the recent rainfall almost certain to work to her advantage, Katie Gale must have a sound chance as she reverts to what might be her preferred trip of a mile and three-quarters.
Catterick: 2.15 Mohab, 2.45 Thatchereen, 3.15 Lorimer’s Lot, 3.45 Katie Gale, 4.15 Silver Shuffle, 4.45 Alaskan Wing, 5.15 Make On Madam, 5.45 Let’s Twist.
Chelmsford: 6.20 Surbett, 6.50 Buffalo Soldier, 7.20 Mitraad, 7.50 Boonga Roogeta, 8.20 Guilty Twelve, 8.50 Mr Fickle, 9.20 Bertie Blu Boy.
Ripon: 6.05 By Far, 6.35 Bond Bombshell, 7.05 Atlantic Affair, 7.35 LEXINGTON PLACE (NAP), 8.05 Dr Irv, 8.35 Mawjood.
Salisbury: 2.00 Battle Pride, 2.30 Lightning Charlie, 3.00 Al Nofor, 3.30 Jersey Bull, 4.00 Malih, 4.30 Soul Searcher, 5.00 Snow Conditions, 5.35 Wild Desert.
Double: Lexington Place and Boonga Roogeta.