Forecast favours Easterby's aim for Stormin finish at Catterick
Stout stayer Stormin Tom looks the one to be with at Catterick. Tim Easterby's six-year-old has already had a fine season, even if his consistent efforts might not have yielded warranted success.
And there are sound enough reasons to suggest he can poke his nose in front for a second time in 2018 when he takes the plunge in the Racing UK-sponsored handicap over a mile and three-quarters.
Stormin Tom was a really pleasing scorer at Beverley last month when he cashed in from off a topsy-turvy gallop to end the winning streak of Sir Mark Prescott's Altra Vita.
With the weather set to remain dry, everything looks set fair for this game little trier to claim another deserved victory.
AYR: 5.40 Fognini, 6.10 Macho Lady, 6.45 Merry Banter, 7.15 Play Mate, 7.50 Logi, 8.20 Mystical Mac, 8.50 Rosemay.
CATTERICK: 2.05 The Big Bad, 2.35 Imperial Legend, 3.10 STORMIN TOM (NAP), 3.40 Nifty Niece, 4.15 Mango Chutney, 4.45 Claramara, 5.15 Christmas Night.
NEWBURY: 1.45 Magnetic Charm, 2.20 Talaaqy, 2.50 Hot Team, 3.25 Breden, 3.55 Stay Classy, 4.30 Returning Glory, 5.00 Trevena.
NOTTINGHAM: 5.20 Thierry, 5.50 Dr Smolder, 6.20 Eponina, 6.55 Spanish Archer, 7.25 Gas Monkey, 8.00 Moon Song, 8.30 Daffy Jane.
ROSCOMMON: 5.30 Osco Mosco, 6.00 Crack Of Thunder, 6.30 Crezic, 7.05 Desert Chorus, 7.35 Killacolla, 8.10 Arch Stanton, 8.40 Chasing Abbey.
DOUBLE: Stormin Tom and Eponina.