Olly Murphy's first runner at Carlisle was a winner as Ballinslea Bridge came home clear in the Faller Refunds At 188Bet Novices' Hurdle.
Ridden confidently by 7lb conditional Fergus Gregory, the 13-8 favourite was always in the best position and readily pulled seven lengths clear of Truckers Lodge.
Ante-post favourite Acting Lass is not yet a definite runner in the Betdaq Handicap Chase at Kempton on Saturday.
Trainer Harry Fry has also given his progressive seven-year-old an entry in the Pendil Novices' Chase, which has been reopened until Tuesday, on the same card.
The second week of first leg games from the second round of the UEFA Champions League take place this week, with the two English sides involved, both playing Spanish opposition. Check out my preview of all four matches below, with a tip for each.
Carnival action this week returns to Meydan on Saturday with seven more races, five of which are on the grass. The opening six furlong event should provide Aussie visitor Faatinah with another warm up win as he heads towards the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint on World Cup night. David Hayes’ five-year-old has scared off all bar five rivals and can repeat his victory of a month ago here.