Lightnin handicapped to strike at Catterick

Lightnin Hopkins runs of a career-low mark in the 4.00 at Catterick today and looks worth siding with at 8/1 to take advantage now stepped back up in trip.

The gelding was a useful juvenile when traiuned in Ireland by Ger Lyons, winning twice and officially rated 98 when taking part in a Group 3 contest at the Curragh won by Leiter Mor.

He bounced back to form when winning a handicap over 7f at Fairyhouse last July, staying on strongly to beat Bronte by 1/2 a length off a mark of 85 on good ground.

The four-year-old got put up 4lb for that effort and failed to cut any ice in five subsequent starts last year.

He then joined the shrewd David O’Meara outfit, and although he has failed to hit the frame in three starts this season, Lightning Hopkins has shaped better than the bare result indicates on each occasion.

The son of Kodiac hinted that he could be coming back to form in the last of those runs here over 6f last month on soft ground, where he travelled well on the heels of the leaders on the outside dbefore weakening late on to finish a 5 3/4 lengths sixth of nine to Mon Brav.

The handicapper has since dropped him another 3lb, and he now gets into this off just 77.

That is 8lb lower than when last successful, and makes him dangerously well-treated on the pick of his form.

The step back up to 7f and good ground today will certainly be in his favour, and with Danny Tudhope in the saddle, everything looks in place for a big run.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Lightning Hopkins (17/2 BetVictor – BOG)

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