A brisk, beautiful and competitive day of racing is ahead of us folks! It’s sinister six for Brian today as he gives us an insight into who will give him the most trouble over his six rides at Cartmel. This is the Armagh man’s racing tips for the day:
The Steward, first of two rides today for local trainer James Moffatt, is a very genuine type having been placed on all his five hurdling starts including four runner-up spots. He finished second when I rode Beach Break to victory at the course 33 days ago. It is a competitive hurdle and a case can be made for four of the runners. My horse is consistent and deserves to win a race at a track he likes. Clemento, a course winner and Icefall look the main dangers.
Bon Chic is a talented mare having won four hurdles and a chase. Her last success was at Aintree last October and she has largely disappointed in the interim. She runs off a good mark but would need to improve to get the better of Romanesque and Martha’s Benefit.
Dear Sir, a seven times hurdle winner, got his chase career off to the perfect start for me at the track in late July beating one of today’s opponents Applesandpierres by a neck. He carries a penalty for that win but I feel he will improve for the experience and be capable of another success. Applesandpierres along with course winner Dieg Man look the chief rivals.
Fit For Fifty got a rules bracket at the fourteenth attempt when winning a chase in good style by nine lengths under me at Worcester last month. He is up ten pounds for that victory but I hope he can defy the penalty and be competitive in this five-runner contest. The main opponent is likely to be Damien’s Dilemma who is dropping back in trip.
Smiling Jessica travels over from the Gavin Cromwell in Ireland. She has been running well and finished a good third in a handicap hurdle at Downpatrick two weeks ago. The form of the race has been ranked as the fourth King’s Song won well recently. If she maintains her good form she has an excellent chance with Dottie’s Dilemma the one to beat.
Venue, a four times hurdles winner, has had three runs on the flat since returning from a 590 days break. He won well for me on his last hurdles start at Musselburgh in late 16. He needs to step up on his flat runs to get into contention today. Wells De Lune and Golden Jeffrey have good recent form and will be the main contenders.