By Brian Hughes
A busy day at Carlisle with six booked rides.
Ballasalla, a full brother to Grand National winner Ballabriggs returns after a 200 day break and wind surgery.
He is a big rangy type and hopefully he really starts to show his ability this year.
Clondaw Anchor who has finished second in an Irish Point and a hurdle looks the form choice.
Uncle Alistair, a winner of two bumpers and three hurdles, has his comeback run and chase debut following a wind op and a 203 day break.
He is a talented horse with course form who has schooled well. The stable is in excellent form and I expect a big run.
Many have chances in this competitive contest with Vindication, from the Kim Bailey yard, out to preserve a hundred percent record after four runs the chief opponent
Toboggan’s Fire had her best run for the yard, since her win in January, when finishing third at Stratford in late October beaten eight and a half lengths.
The form of the race has been franked as the second Shambra was only beaten a neck in second at Fontwell three days ago.
Some more improvement from my horse should put her in with an ew chance.
Keep The River won well at Ayr and is the main danger.
Nuts Well, successful six times under rules, won well for me at Kelso 36 days ago returning from almost a year off the track.
He finished well in that contest despite a mistake at the last to get up and win by a length and threequarters.
The second has won at Ascot and the third at Wetherby in the meantime.
He is seeking a repeat victory in this valuable event with most to fear from Dolos and Chesterfield.
He should have a good chance if in the same form as last day.
Rainy City, a winner of five races, has his first run for the McCain yard since his transfer from the Iain Jardine stable.
His last success was in April over three miles finishing eleven lengths clear of the second Someone Lucky.
He needs to bounce back to that form to play a part in the finish today.
Instingtive finished second to a horse of mine at Ayr nine days ago and despite being four pounds out of the handicap could be a major threat.
Weakfield, winner of his only run in an Irish Point when trained by Gavin Cromwell, makes his rules debut in the concluding bumper for Brian Ellison.
The form of that race is strong having produced five winners.
My horse is well regarded and I am looking forward to the ride.
Mr Scrumpy, a ten lengths winner at Hexham last month and well bred newcomers Tarada and I K Brunel catch the eye.