December 16th, 2018

Brian’s afternoon at Carlisle

I travel to Carlisle for five rides today with Apache Jack a non runner due to travel problems.

12.20 Lord Springfield

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.

Main Danger

Earlofthecotswoldsis probably the one to beat

12.50 Ballasallaff

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.

Main Danger

Hat trick seeking Xpo Uninversel may pose the greatest threat.

1.20 First Account

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.

Main Danger

One For Rosie successful at the track last time is the main danger despite the penalty.

1.55 Trongate

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.

Main Danger

A case can be made for many of the others with perhaps Luckofthedraw a winner here on his penultimate start the pick.

3.30 Shocona’s Joy

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.

Main Danger

The more experienced Rosie And Millie is the main rival.