By Brian Hughes
I’m at Carlisle on Sunday for six rides.
Knockrobin won over hurdles for me at Bangor in March this year. He followed that up with a good run at Sedgefield the following month, beaten by under a length.
A former point to point winner, he should take well to fences as he is a big chasing type. He will enjoy the track and the going.
Grand Morning has very impressive hurdles form and could be the main danger. I expect my horse to run well and get into contention.
Spin The Coin, still a maiden after four hurdle runs, looked set for a win here in March when coming down at the last three lengths clear.
He returns from an eight month break in this competitive 20-runner field.
We like this horse a lot at home and it would be good if he could gain compensation for his near miss last time.
Take A Break and Suggestion, from the red hot Kirby stable, may be chief threats.
Lough Derg Jewel, a winner of a hurdle and two chases, probably needed his comeback run when I was on board last time out, tiring in the closing stages.
He will be suited by the Carlisle track and hopefully he can recapture the form of this time last year when he won two races for me at Ayr.
Looksnowtlikebrian, in excellent form recently, may provide the main challenge. My horse has an each-way chance.
Crixus’s Escape won two hurdles for me in impressive fashion in November 2017 and April this year.
He is up in trip for handicap debut and would appear to have a good racing weight.
I am expecting a big run today with main rivals Aspen Colorado, a good winner over course and distance in October and Petticoat Tails.
Saint Leo has his first outing in this country having won a chase and three hurdles in France.
He returns to action after an eleven month break in this ultra competitive listed two and a half mile chase.
He needs to be in top form today to cope with Cyrname, a winner of two Grade 2’s and Mister Whitaker, successful for me at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.
Alright Sunshine, like most of the runners, makes his racecourse debut in the concluding bumper.
He seems well equipped on pedigree to do well in this type of contest and comes from the inform Dalgleish stable.
Similar attributes could be applied to the Lossiemouth connections and Irish raider Book Of Invasions. I am very hopeful he will run well.