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15:00 Carlisle

Soft

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  • 3m 0f 110y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: F2F4-6 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Ran big race when second of 17 at Exeter (3m, soft) last December but fell in two of his four chases last season and was just a respectable sixth when reappearing here (3m2f, soft) four weeks ago; needs that recent outing to have done him good.

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2nd

1

7th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

17:12 Southwell

Morning Spirit

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

On a very good mark if getting back on track but there was no sign of that when tailed off after a break at Stratford (2m6f, heavy; handles plenty of give underfoot); wouldn't be the percentage call.

11/2

4th

2

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

14:20 Stratford

Morning Spirit

12st 1lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

disputed lead

13/2

OUR TIP

Form: 3/225- C

Last run: 221 days

W: 11st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

0-5 over fences and not seen since finishing last of five at Perth (2m4f, good to soft) in April but ran well in defeat here (2m5f, soft) last December, after a layoff, and is unexposed at about 3m.

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2nd

2

28th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

15:50 Perth

Uncle Alastair

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

Goes particularly well at Carlisle and was off the mark for the season when winning there last time (3m, heavy); finished last of five at this meeting in 2022, but that was over 2m4f and is better over this trip.

3/1

1st

5

19th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:35 Carlisle

Uncle Alastair

10st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

0-7 over fences but runner-up on four of those occasions and his reappearance over C&D was pleasing; fared less well at Ayr when tried in cheekpieces and he could go well should he fancy the new visor.

9/2

5th

1

1st Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 110y

Class 3

15:00 Ayr

Uncle Alastair

12st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

11yo who is 0-6 over fences but has run some good races in this sphere, most recently runner-up at Carlisle (3m, soft) in November on his reappearance; having travelled well he could benefit from this drop back in distance and he's one to consider in first-time cheekpieces.

11/2

Form: 2/342-

Last run: 279 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 7yo who was ahead of Juge Et Parti when close second to progressive rival over C&D (heavy; first-time cheekpieces) in February; not seen again since but has good record when fresh; must be considered.

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4

9th Apr 2023

Heavy

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:25 Ffos Las

Equus Dreamer

11st 8lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Lightly raced 8yo; jumped well and had plenty of use made of him when stepped up to 3m4f at Haydock (soft; acts on heavy) 18 days ago, holding on by half a length with the first two well clear; raised 5lb but a serious player if he's in the same form.

4/1

1st

6

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

3m 4f 97y

Class 3

16:10 Haydock

Equus Dreamer

11st 12lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Hasn't really threatened on his two starts this season (3m, soft/heavy) but those were still fair performances and it's possible this lightly raced 8yo will be suited by the step up in trip; not ruled out.

7/1

5th

1

10th Jan 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:15 Exeter

Equus Dreamer

11st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Lightly raced 8yo who only conceded defeat in the closing stages when running well for a long way at Carlisle (3m, soft); does go well fresh so not guaranteed to find loads on that form, but entitled to be in the thick of it.

9/2

Form: /1P3F- C

Last run: 281 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Opened chasing account with convincing course win last autumn (3m2f, soft); disappointed on next two outings and fell on latest appearance in February but has good record when fresh and the return to this track is an obvious plus.

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0

3

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Hold That Taught

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Hasn't threatened when tackling similar trips to this in the past but he won over Carlisle's stiff 3m2f in October 2021 and has been in rude health this season with 3m wins at Ascot (good) and Bangor (heavy); well worth another go at this sort of distance and could be a key player.

13/2

8

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Hold That Taught

11st 5lb

T: Venetia Williams

1st

5

15th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 30y

Class 3

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Hold That Taught

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Venetia Williams

Never really got going last season but exploited some help from the handicapper when keeping on well to score at Ascot (3m, good) three weeks ago; subsequent 3lb rise does not look excessive and today's slower ground will also suit; good chance.

9/4

Form: 564P-8 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won this race by 10l off a 12lb higher mark in 2020 (soft ground) but lightly raced and disappointing since; not written off just yet but was safely held here (3m2f, soft) last month and has more to prove than some.

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11

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:08 Newcastle

Rath An Iuir

10st 3lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

The new visor (kept since, replacing cheekpieces) worked a treat when he won at Kelso (3m2f, heavy) over Christmas for the second year running; he hasn't sparked that often in the last two years, though, showing little on latest outing; beaten just over 20l when sixth and fifth in the last two Eiders, so others look more solid.

14/1

5th

4

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

12:50 Catterick

Rath An Iuir

11st 10lb

J: Ciaran O’Shea

T: Rose Dobbin

The new visor worked a treat when winning a 3m2f handicap at Kelso (heavy) over Christmas for the second year running; 4lb rise won't prevent another bold show if he's as good again (not guaranteed).

11/4

1st

2

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 39y

Class 4

15:32 Kelso

Rath An Iuir

11st 8lb

J: Mr Nick Orpwood

T: Rose Dobbin

Behind Camp Belan and soundly beaten on last month's seasonal debut but now 2lb lower than when winning this race a year ago (heavy) and has obvious claims if back on song; swaps cheekpieces for first-time visor.

11/2

Form: 324-12 C BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Comfortably won Class 5 event at Bangor (3m, good) on seasonal debut in September and ran well in defeat in Class 4 race over that C&D (good to soft) last month; soft ground also suits but she's up in grade again here and needs a career best.

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8

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Methodtothemadness

10st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Finished with a flourish to win lower-grade version of this race a year ago and followed up in C&D match race a fortnight later; back down to a similar mark now but posed no threat behind Half Shot here in November, after a break, and has been off for another 65 days since.

11/1

6th

7

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

14:45 Musselburgh

Methodtothemadness

11st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Dual C&D winner in two small-field events last season; acts on good or slower; absent since may and has had wind surgery; goes well when fresh and should be competitive from this mark.

15/2

Form: 3/21-P CD

Last run: 212 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced in recent years; narrow winner of four-runner hunter chase over C&D (good) in March and ought to be better suited by today's slower ground but much more will be needed in this good-quality handicap, and he signed off with a poor performance in April; cheekpieces removed after one use.

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2

1st Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

14:40 Exeter

Geordie B

12st 0lb

J: Mr Tommie M O’Brien

T: Clive Boultbee-Brooks

Lightly raced in recent years; won four-runner hunter chase last March but struggled when back in a handicap for seasonal debut in November and needs a good boost from the first-time blinkers here.

40/1

5

27th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:00 Carlisle

Geordie B

11st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Clive Boultbee-Brooks

held up in rear

25/1

2

20th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Geordie B

12st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Clive Boultbee-Brooks

Campaigned in hunter chases for new yard this year, winning at Carlisle (bare form isn't compelling); bit to prove in a competitive handicap on return from layoff.

40/1

Form: F/4-7

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Very unexposed 8yo who has raced only three times since his winning Irish point debut in November 2019; shaped with promise in Exeter novice chase (2m3f, soft) in February and faced very tough assignment in 2m4f Listed race here last month; needs to improve but has potential.

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2nd

2

2nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 4

14:25 Ascot

Upton Road

11st 12lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Michael Scudamore

Not at his best at Sandown three weeks ago and now 0-6 over fences but was runner-up twice on slow ground in January (2m3f/2m5f) and will be right on the premises here if able to reproduce that form.

7/1

5th

10

11th Mar 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Upton Road

10st 11lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Michael Scudamore

Point winner; 0-5 over rules fences but his turn looks near having finished a good second at Exeter (2m3f, heavy) and Hereford (2m5f, soft) the last twice; not without a chance returned to 3m.

8/1

2nd

7

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 3

15:00 Hereford

Upton Road

10st 12lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Michael Scudamore

Won point debut but missed two years and had not shown much in handful of rules starts until shaping nicely when runner-up in 2m3f Exeter handicap (heavy) on New Year's Day; up in grade but now of more interest.

13/2

Form: 13434- D

Last run: 260 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Won comfortably on stable debut in summer 2021 and subsequently ran well twice here (3m2f, soft/3m, heavy); signed off with below-par effort in April but had wind surgery during his break and returns on a good mark.

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5th

1

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 5

16:00 Hexham

Juge Et Parti

12st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: James Ewart

Two good C&D runs earlier this season, winning off 3lb lower on the second occasion (heavy); well beaten since; needs to bounce back.

10/1

5th

3

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

16:35 Newcastle

Juge Et Parti

11st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: James Ewart

Dug deep to win off much-reduced mark at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) in December and remains well handicapped on older form but he never really got involved here (2m7f) last month and has become unreliable.

12/1

6th

5

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 3

13:05 Newcastle

Juge Et Parti

10st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: James Ewart

11yo who was runner-up at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) in November then went one better over that same C&D (heavy; beat Teescomponentstrig by a neck); has won over 3m in the past and he's respected now back up in trip.

4/1

Form: 1112-8

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Chase and triple hurdle winner in France last year (2m1f-2m3f, good-very soft); well beaten in Wetherby handicap chase (2m3f, good) on British debut a fortnight ago and needs to have made significant progress very quickly; tries a new trip here.

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6th

8

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ayr

Batman For Ever

11st 7lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Four-time winner when trained in France; unplaced all six British starts for Rebecca Menzies and failed to justify strong market support when well beaten on last month's stable debut but it will be interesting to see whether his backers wade in again.

6/1

9th

9

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

16:00 Newcastle

Batman For Ever

11st 1lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

8/1

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Selections

TOPSPEED:

Equus Dreamer

RP Ratings:

Uncle Alastair

SPOTLIGHT:

Hold That Taught

POSTDATA:

Methodtothemadness

The Star:

Hold That Taught

The Times:

Equus Dreamer

Telegraph:

Equus Dreamer

The Guardian:

Equus Dreamer

D Express:

Equus Dreamer

Daily Mirror:

Equus Dreamer

Daily Record:

Methodtothemadness

Daily Mail:

Uncle Alastair

The Sun:

Uncle Alastair