There is plenty of rain forecast in Britain on Tuesday and Graeme Rodway reckons it’s worth concentrating on the action at Catterick, where the ground looks certain to be on the soft side.
The 6f handicap (3.10) at Catterick is a competitive sprint, but the in-form Langholm has plenty of good efforts to his name on soft ground and can gain reward for his consistency.
The seven-year-old has dropped to a mark 3lb lower than when last successful at this course in May last year and nearly won off this rating over course and distance last month.
He was beaten just a short-head into second behind the re-opposing Wade’s Magic on that occasion.
A 1lb turnaround in the weights with that rival gives Langholm every chance of reversing the places and he has twice run well in defeat at this track since, recording a third over 7f two starts ago and then finishing in the same position last time over this course and distance.
He was beaten by the re-opposing One More Dream that day, but is 4lb better off at the weights with that rival for a length-and-a-half defeat and has a better draw in this race.
A reproduction of that latest form might be enough for him to make all of the running this time.
The 5f handicap (4.15) at Catterick is another open-looking race, but there should be some value on offer and Texas Man might be the one to reward those who put their faith in him.
Texas Man has recorded two of his four wins on going with soft in the description and he bounced back to form when landing a 5f handicap at Musselburgh on good going in July.
He never got competitive on quick ground at Beverley last month, but was still beaten only four and a quarter lengths by the winner and he should appreciate returning to a slow surface.
Coming back to this track will also help this course-and-distance winner and he has an inside draw in stall one.
Texas Man is no forlorn hope if he can return to the form he showed when successful at Musselburgh and he is fairly treated off a mark just 1lb higher than for that win.
The best bet of the day runs in the 7f handicap (4.50) which brings the curtain down on the afternoon at Catterick because Highfield Viking should prove a class apart in this company.
The lightly-raced three-year-old showed his liking for a soft surface when landing a 6f handicap on Town Moor at Doncaster in April and he has continued in good form since.
Highfield Viking was beaten less than three lengths when sixth over 6f at Ripon in May and was undone by a slow pace when only fourth on the all-weather at Newcastle next time out.
He returned to form when upped to this 7f trip at Haydock last month when keeping on well to take third behind a progressive pair.
That form has already been franked by the runner-up, who won off a 3lb higher mark at Ripon next time. The fourth has also performed well since.
Highfield Viking is down 1lb in a weaker race and looks capable of recording another win.