Today’s horse racing preview comes from one meeting, with 4 selections all coming from Carlisle.
14.10 Racing UK in HD Novices Stakes (5f)
Karl Burke’s Rockin Fella threw away his chances at Beverley when hanging in the closing stages when looking to have the race at his mercy. This son of Society Rock who is the leading sire for juveniles this season should not mind any cut in the ground.
Rockin Fella gets a good opportunity now the ground has turned soft to heavy to take full advantage of his experience.
Main dangers look to come from Move it Move it who drops back in trip after a good second on debut on the all weather at Newcastle.
Rockin Fella : 2pt win @ 11/4 (BOG)
15.10 Carlisle – Longtown Handicap (0-60) (5.8f)
An extremely weak contest in which many can be made accounted for in this. One I’m going to have a stab with is Alan Brown’s Atrafan, who has not been seen since finishing a good fourth at Newcastle back in October. Will be taking a drop in trip this afternoon and looks one of the least exposed types that will likely improve.
Both Guilding Star and My Girl Maisie have claims especially the latter who returns to the turf after two placed efforts on the all weather this year.
Atrafan : 1pt each way @ 10/1 (BOG)
16.10 Carlisle – Racing UK Day Pass Just £10 Handicap (0-85) (14f)
Now usually I would go in blind on Jedd O’Keeffe’s runners at present, but with two in the race it’s a completely different ball game. Even on jockey bookings it’s hard to fathom out which one has been showing something at home.
Graham Lee will partner Injam who got off the mark for the season at York when winning a competitive 0-90 handicap over two miles. Stablemate Silver Eclipse was a further four lengths back in fourth off level weights that day and will try and get closer with the weight advantage.
This time around he will have to concede 5lb to Silver Eclipse which on paper should not be enough to reverse the form. Realistically though the one they all have to beat is Keith Dagliesh’s Kensington Star who showed a likeable attitude when just denied at Hamilton in a 0-95 Handicap recently.
The drop in class and increase in trip looks a good combination to score under pilot Jason Hart.
Kensington Star : 4pt Win (NAP) @ 5/2 (BOG)
17.40 Carlisle – Racing UK in Glorious HD Handicap (0-60) (9f)
This is not going to take much winning this afternoon, and I would like to think Fred Watson’s Joyful Star can take full advantage of two good runs at Ayr this year to get his head in front. The seven year old won around this time last year when landing a similar event at Ayr over 7f.
His two runs last year over 8f+ came on firm ground, which is not to his liking, a bit of cut even heavy conditions is what he requires, one to beat under Paul Mulrennan this afternoon for me.
Best of the rest, you can make claims for both Colour Contrast who finished fifth on return at Ayr, but was well held by Remember Rocky on that occasion, even though 1lb better off, still looks held.
Remember Rocky has a good record around here, two time winner three seasons ago over 9f he has to be respected off the same mark of 58.
Joyful Star : 1.5pt win @ 9/2 (BOG)
I am also recommending an each way lucky 15, plus a win round robin on Rockin Fella, Kensington Star and Joyful Star, along with a 3pt each way double on Kensington Star – Joyful Star.
Good luck today, Gamble Responsibly
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