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Value at Cartmel

Five turf meetings in Britain today and not a lot of quality to be had. Although the standard does pick up tomorrow.

The going at most meetings  has switched markedly from the firm ground of a few days ago to a general Good to Soft.

During the summer I concentrate on the better quality flat and the summer jumps. Today we will be looking at the two opening races from Cartmel, both 2m 6f hurdles.  If you have never been racing at Cartmel, it is a track well worth a visit.

2.20 2m6f Jennings Cumberland Ale Maiden Hurdle (Class 5) (4yo+)

Its Pandorama’s form is suspect. Steps up in trip from the 2m 1f when finishing second here at the end of last month.  7/4 my tissue

Schlipf can improve for the step up in trip in a very weak race.

I go:

7/4 Its Pandorama

3/1 Schlipf

The books go 11/10 and 7/2, at the prices Schlipf is preferred.

Cartmel racecourse


2.50 2m6f  Cumbria Grand Hotel At Grange Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) (4yo+ 0-120)

12 runners and most have a bit to prove. Silver Shuffle is a non-runner.

Boruma sets the recent form standard and looks sure to go close.

Attention Seaker ran with some promise on the flat returning from an absence on latest start.

Munsaab is a chaser who is favourably handicapped over hurdles. His chance is respected.

My tissue:

2/1 Boruma

4/1 Attention Seaker

5/1 Munsaab

Munsaab winning at Cartmel


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Northern thunder

A good quality day with seven meetings across Britain and Ireland. We are going to focus on the north-west with a race from both Haydock and Cartmel. The going at Haydock is Firm and Good at Cartmel. Both courses have been watered.

One of the big factors at both courses this afternoon are the thunderstorms forecast to hit the region around the time of the opening races. It is hard to predict what effect any sudden intense rainfall will have on already dry ground and whether there will be safety concerns.

3.30 Haydock

6f Group 2 sprint worth over £50,000 to the winner.

Harry Angel is far from straightforward and has proved difficult in the stalls. Can pull hard during the race. However he possesses a great deal of natural ability.

The form of his latest second at Ascot sets a high standard, a reproduction of which will make him very difficult to beat.

If he does regress from that run, Second Thought could take advantage.

I provisionally go:

Harry Angel  4/5

Second Thought  5/1

Harry Angel

5.05 Cartmel

As ever, there will be a large bank holiday crowd at this unique track.

There are various doubts concerning all five runners.

Fantasy King had a ‘blow out’ on the flat a couple of weeks ago and figures on a favourable handicap mark.

He can prove best of James Moffatt’s 3 runners.

3/1 favourite on my provisional tissue, which is in line with the early prices on offer.

Fantasy King


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How’s Your Luck?

Such is the nature of fixture planning these days that we have a meeting at Cartmel this afternoon, nothing tomorrow and then resume on Sunday.


A quick look at two races from Cartmel.

3.35: Shady Glen beat Wiffy Chatsby last Sunday at Worcester in a scruffy race.

Sean Bowen on Wiffy Chatsby lost an iron and had to kick the other out. Despite all efforts the impediment cost any chance.

Should Shady Glen put up a good run Wiffy Chatsby’s chances would be boosted when he runs in the following race.

4.40: Good of Luck put up a strong showing when winning on the flat at Newbury earlier this month. At the current double figure odds, he looks overpriced in this competitive hurdle.

Whilst the going is declared as good at Cartmel there is a chance of rain at the track later today.

The other meetings will all have varying degrees of soft ground to contend with. Both the meetings at Newmarket and Yarmouth are prone to non-runners as connections decide to wait for better ground.

Back tomorrow as Newcastle and Newmarket are the headliners, plus it is Derby day in Ireland.