UNCLE CHARLIE took his record on his second start of the season to 111 (3-3) when landing a 7f handicap at Carlisle in June of last year and can make it four from four when he contests the 6f Penrith Handicap at the same venue (2.45).
He ran a pleasing race on his comeback earlier this month, finishing sixth of 15 at Thirsk, and the handicapper has generously dropped him 2lb to his last winning mark.
In the same race I also want to be with LUIS VAZ DE TORRES, who has been crying out for the return to turf. He has won on the all-weather, but not since 2015, and his losing run on synthetics reached 16 when he as a 16-1 fifth at Newcastle last time. He’d made good late headway against the ‘dead’ rail when a close-up fourth at Wolverhampton the time before and his early-season turf record (March to June) stands at 4111811 (5-7).
CITY TOUR impressed on his reappearance when overcoming a high daw at Musselburgh and can be forgiven his subsequent Beverley defeat where unsuited to more patient tactics in a slowly-run affair. He’s been gelded since and is taken to bounce back in division two of the 7f Wreay Handicap (4.45).
Luis Vaz De Torres – Carlisle 2.45 (1pt each-way, 9-1 Betfair, Paddy Power, 8-1 William Hill, Ladbrokes, all firms paying four places)
Uncle Charlie – Carlisle 2.45 (1pt each-way, 17-2 Betfair, Paddy Power, 8-1 Ladbrokes)
City Tour – Carlisle 4.45 (2pts win, 3-1 generally)