Seven rides at Carlisle today before traveling to New Jersey to ride Hammersley Lake in the American Grand National Hurdle on Saturday.
Fin and Game completed a hat trick prior to his run at Ayr in April. He returns from a six months break to make his chasing debut today. He is a talented horse and despite conceding weight to many has a good chance with a clear round of jumping. The stable won the race last year and I would be happy with a repeat.
Bulkov has run well on all four recent starts and looks the main rival.
Some Dance Kid placed in an Irish Point won a bumper at Catterick in February and finished second in a follow up run here in April. He has a first hurdles outing and will be suited by the track and the going.
Good Boy Bobby won three bumpers last season and along with Return Ticket may prove difficult to beat.
First Account won an Irish Point in the spring and has his first start for the McCain yard today. He is working well at home and I expect a big run today. The chief rivals are Al Dancer, placed in a Grade 2 bumper at Aintree and Windsor Avenue. I am looking forward to the ride.
he chief rivals are Al Dancer and Windsor Avenue.
Knock House, a winner of five races under rules had his last success in 2015. He has shown glimpses of form in the interim, namely a runner up finish for me at Cartmel in April this year. He has been disappointing and needs to recapture some of his old sparkle to get into contention.
A case can be made for many with Sky Pirate and Cooking Fat the most likely.
4Quids In, a hurdles winner in 17 finished fifth when I was in the saddle on his first run for the stable at Bangor fifteen days ago. He will be suited by the track and the step up in trip and has an excellent e.w chance.
Pineapple Rush won two hurdles in the spring and is the pick of the opposition.
Middlebrow is a winner of a bumper and two chases returns after a 76 day break. He is fitted with a tongue tie in this six runner chase. He carries top weight but a return to his form of earlier in the season would give him a winning chance.
Halycon Days is two from two at the track and maybe the strongest rival.
Rashee has her third run for me in the concluding bumper. She ran quite well last day in August but should be fitter and sharper today.
Cedar Valley and Kalifornia are strong opponents and will prove difficult to beat.
Best Of Luck to all attending Carlisle & to Brian in the American Grand National.