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Chief's Will

Chief's Will came agonisingly close to scoring on his debut run at Redcar (6f) as he was denied by just a neck. He was short of room in the closing stages of that contest so he is unlucky to still be a maiden. Archie Watson's colt is dropping down to 5f but the switch in distances should not be a problem. He can go one place better this time around and make up for that near miss.

Verreaux Eagle

A drop down in trip appeared to favour Verreaux Eagle last month as she produced her best performance to date, finishing second of 10 on the AW at Wolverhampton. Ed Dunlop's filly hung left at times in that race which did not help her chances in the business end of the contest. Connections have opted to step down further to the minimum distance of 5f. She looks capable of getting her first win now and her experience is a big positive towards her chances in this novice race.

Dr T J Eckleburg

Dr T J Eckleburg took a big step forward on his last appearance at Ayr (1m2f), scoring for the first time. He was given a patient ride in the opening stages of that race before getting up after a well-timed ride from Daniel Tudhope. Similar tactics are likely to be adopted here and the way the race is set to unfold should suit him. The handicapper has raised him 3lb in the weights which seems quite lenient so take David O'Meara's gelding to follow up and double his tally of wins.


Hat-trick seeking Puckle has been very consistent over the last 12 months. In her last eight starts, she has finished no worse than third place. Victories have come at Nottingham and Pontefract so far this month and there is no reason she can't continue her excellent run of form. Mark Johnston's runner will need to carry a 5lb penalty but that may not be enough to stop her as the four-year-old may continue to rise up the ratings.

About Carlisle Racecourse

Carlisle is a mixed course, hosting flat racing through the summer months and jumps across through the winter National Hunt season. The Carlisle Bell is its best known race over the one mile trip in June. It is said to be Britain’s oldest race, first run in 1599.

Some famous horses have graced the Carlisle turf, including Red Rum who won there before winning his third Grand National back in 1977. The track itself is a good test of the thoroughbred, galloping and right-handed, with a stiff climb to the line through the final half a mile.

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