Brand ambassador and top Irish jockey, Brian Hughes, is back with a full book of seven rides at Cartmel for the second day of this August Holiday Meeting. Check out his top picks and close-runners:
Ofcoursewill reverts to hurdles after a chase run earlier this month. He has performed very consistently in his last five hurdle starts with a win and four seconds. In late July at this track, he finished runner-up to Mac Tottie, one of his rivals again, beaten half a length. He should be in contention on better terms and will handle the soft ground.
Ormesher was a good nine lengths winner at Uttoxeter last month on his hurdling debut. He travelled and jumped well on the soft ground. He is small but tough and a similar performance should give him every chance. He carries a six-pound penalty but hopefully, his experience will be decisive.
Main danger: Good Boy Alfie.
Lough Kent ran second to Wells De Lune in a hurdle at the track on Saturday beaten thirteen lengths. They reoppose in a chase today and my horse needs to improve to get the better of Saturday’s conqueror.
Lofgren has been placed in recent starts with three seconds and a third. He will handle the track and hopefully will not be inconvenienced by the soft ground. He has been knocking on the door and maybe his luck changes today.
Raise A Spark puts his hundred per cent chase and course record on the line as he bids for a hat-trick of wins. He needs to improve again in today’s contest carrying a nine-pound penalty over a longer trip.
Volcanic, won his fifth hurdle when I was in the saddle at the course in early July and looked to be heading for a sixth success when crumbling on landing two lengths clear at the last later in the month. He likes the course and hopefully gains compensation for his last day mishap.
Golden Friday is still a maiden after six attempts under rules and needs to show considerable improvement to get involved on handicap debut. He races over a longer trip and hopefully this will bring about some improvement.