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Too Much to Ask

This one only ran on Monday when scoring under Henry Brooke over C&D and gets a 7lb penalty for that. Connections must feel he is in a ripe vein of form to be out again after such a short turnaround and still finds himself towards the foot of the weights here. He appears to enjoy Cartmel having won twice and placed on another of his four outings, and this doesn’t look a particularly deep contest with the majority holding exposed and inconsistent profiles. If he can reproduce Monday’s run, he should be there or thereabouts and the short turnaround means there is likely to be some juice in the price. Roxboro Road who made it a hat-trick of wins at the end of last season looks to be the main danger along with Aptly Put, who also has a short turnaround after a solid fourth here on Saturday but drops to 9lb lower mark.

Sword of Fate

He hasn’t got his head in front since a course and distance win here last August but has started to put in some more consistent performances of late, having placed on his last three outings. He’s only 1lb higher in the weights than his last win and looks like he may be back to a winning mark with his preferred good ground in the offing today on which all seven wins have come on. Derek Fox’s mount’s 26.3% strike rate in class four races also reads favourably compared to the rest of the field, with only Global Jackpot and Tonto’s Spirit bettering that. All in all it’s a weak field and Sword of Fate will be a decent price and perhaps one worth taking a chance on.

Bannixtown Glory

A disappointingly small field for a novice chase but there are at least two useful types in the line-up. Getareason ran out a comfortable winner of a seven-runner maiden chase at Hexham a month ago and should go well here once again with the benefit of a spin over fences. However, she may find one to good in Bannixtown Glory. Donald McCain’s 7yo had a decent strike over hurdles with six wins and three places from 16 runs and signed off last season with a Listed handicap success at Cheltenham. The second from that day Eglantine Du Seuil has already come out and won her novice chase and you can be hopeful of a clean round of jumping with a point win already under the belt. Her form on good ground reads well and the application of cheekpieces appear to have helped her concentrate. Both will be on hand today in what should hopefully be a winning start to her chasing career. 

Reikers Island

Lawney Hill is always to be respected in these hunter chases and we saw one of hers almost claim glory recently before unseating at the last. This Yeats gelding looks well-treated at the weights here and can run a big race. Previously with Philip Hobbs where he won a Class 3 handicap chase off 134, he’s gone off the boil a little since then and his new trainer becomes his fourth in less than a year. However, Hill is excellent at breathing new life into one who’s apparently gone off the boil and this is by no means a strong contest. Dressedforsuccess looks like thee main danger.

About Cartmel Racecourse

For nine days during summer, Cartmel is one of the most popular venues in the north of England. Providing unique and exciting jumps racing, the Cumbrian track has been known to attract a family friendly crowd of up to 20,000 racegoers.

There are only six fences on the chase course, which is sharp and trappy, while the four furlong run-in from the last is the longest in the country. Cartmel is a left-handed track like no other and whether you’re watching on TV or taking the pilgrimage there, it is a spectacle well worth enjoying every year.

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