I travel to Carlisle for five rides today with Apache Jack a non runner due to travel problems.
A winning Irish Pointer in April, made his hurdling debut at Ayr 32 days ago. He was returning from a break of 213 days and has had wind surgery in the interim. I expect a positive effect from both experiences and look forward tohim getting right into contention today.
Earlofthecotswoldsis probably the one to beat
A full brother to Ballabriggs,is still a maiden after 6 attempts but put in a good run for me at the track in early November after wind surgery. He will be suited by the switch to chasing and with a clear round should go very close today.
Hat trick seeking Xpo Uninversel may pose the greatest threat.
An Irish Point winner, finished third when I was in the saddle here in October beaten under six lengths on hurdling debut. The form of the race has been franked and he should put in a big run today over the longer trip.
One For Rosie successful at the track last time is the main danger despite the penalty.
Is a most consistent type winning two and finishing second twice in his last four starts.He is a genuine performer and should have every chance with the course and trip to suit.
A case can be made for many of the others with perhaps Luckofthedraw a winner here on his penultimate start the pick.
Placed in a couple of Irish Points, makes her rules debut in the concluding four runner bumper after a break of 267. The form of her two points runs looks good and I expect her to put in a big performance as she stays and will like the ground.
The more experienced Rosie And Millie is the main rival.