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Leg 1
Hophornbeam
Leg 2
Alqamar
Leg 3
Dee Star
Leg 4
First Revolution
Leg 5
Dressedforsuccess
Peregrine Run
Leg 6
Native Fighter

1:50 Cartmel

It’s hard to look past Hophornbeam in this. The Irish raider, trained by Gordon Elliott was a good winner last time at Clonmel on his debut for Elliott and although he’s gone up plenty for that, he should be good enough to take this. He benefits from the talented Jordan Gainford coming across to take the ride, which will be his first at the Cumbrian venue. 

2:20 Cartmel

The locally trained Alqamar has to be taken seriously in this, despite disappointing of late. He’s unbeaten in three runs at Cartmel, all in the hands of Charlotte Jones who takes off 5lb again. The latest of those victories was when winning the Cartmel Cup off a mark of 129 last August and although this is a class above that, he’s back to the same mark. 

2:50 Cartmel

Much like Alqamar, Dee Star has an excellent record around Cartmel and arrives here on the back of a course and distance win last time out. Prior to that he has only once been outside the places in eight visits. He’s up 6lb but won with something to spare last time and he’s taken to be in the mix again. 

3:30 Cartmel

There are question marks over a few of those but the one that has been running with the most consistency of late is perhaps First Revolution. He’s put up back-to-back wins at Sedgefield since a wind op and wasn’t disgraced when third at Hexham last time.  

3:55 Cartmel

With over £21,000 for the winner of this Handicap Chase, it’s perhaps no surprise it has attracted a field of 10 smart runners from across the UK and Ireland. We’re going to take a couple for the Placepot in this and the first is Dressedforsuccess. This 9yo is 4-4 since moving to James Moffatt, all of which have come at Cartmel. Remarkably, he’s dropped in trip for the first time under Moffatt, but it’s hard to ignore a record in that. 

Of the others, Fire Away and Seddon need consideration but Peregrine Run has been a really classy horse in his day, winning a Grade Three at Killarney in 2020, and wasn’t far behind Samcro when third in that same race last year. He returned this season with a spin over hurdles before another third over fences at Ballinrobe last time. He’s by no means the force of old, but he should still be a player.

4:30 Cartmel

It’s another shout for a James Moffatt runner in the final leg of the Placepot at Cartmel. He has two in this, but preference is for Native Fighter. He hasn’t been outside the top three in three runs over this course and distance, including a Class Three win here last May. He’s down to Class Four company today off just a 2lb higher mark but can surely benefit from the in-form William Shanahan taking off 7lb.  

1 x 1 x 1 x 1 x 2 x 1 = 2 lines


Leg 1
Fairy Cross
Divina Grace
Leg 2
Ashky
D Day Odette
Leg 3
Mersea
Malrescia
Leg 4
Universal Order
Kemari
Leg 5
Ever Given
Art Du Val
Leg 6
Haseefah
Mimikyu

13:00 

One of the only horses to have previous racecourse experience is FAIRY CROSS. She was very keen in her debut last month and was in contention until the final two furlongs. She steps up to 7f here, which her breeding shows should suit her. She should come on from the run at this course last month and could be the one to beat in this field.

A race like this is always hard to call with so many unraced horses, so the breeding is all we have to go on and an interesting runner here from a breeding perspective is DIVINA GRACE. She’s a Golden Horn filly, who is also the half-sister to Beautiful Secret who won over this distance as a two year old. In time, her breeding would suggest she wants longer, however this looks to be a good starting point for this two year old. 

13:30

ASHKY has had an average start to her career so far, with two thirds and a fifth. She returns to her starting point at Newmarket, this time stepping up to a mile. When running over 1m ½f  at Nottingham last month she reared in the stalls before having to be ridden prominently throughout the majority of the race. If William Buick can keep her calm at the start and in the stalls then she could run a big race here.

Since moving to Kevin Philippart de Foy, D DAY ODETTE has been stepped up to this trip and has finished a strong 4th of 13 and a 2nd of eight. She’s starting her handicap career on a mark of 75, which could be generous based on what we’ve seen so far. She’s an eyecatcher to add to the shortlist.

14:05

Going for her hat-trick is MERSEA. This is a much tougher task than her two previous victories and the hat-trick may not be possible, however she made all in both of her previous wins which worked well and if she can do that again here she could be one for the Placepot. 

With two wins and a 2nd under her belt this season MALRESCIA is worth a second look in this contest. George Boughey has a 23% strike rate in the past 14 days (at the time of writing) and is in fine form, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Malrescia was in the mix.

14:40

With nine places in his career, UNIVERSAL ORDER is the perfect Placepot horse. He massively outran his odds last time out when finishing 2nd of 11 at Haydock and as the 2020 winner of this contest he has to be one to watch again now.

Coming off the back of a credible 4th of six in his season reappearance, KEMARI is a fascinating horse here. The second choice of the two Godolphin horses with William Buick opting to ride Rebels Romance instead, however it wouldn’t be the first time the second choice horse runs a big race and takes the first choice on.

15:15

A notable horse worth a second look is EVER GIVEN. He started this season with a very impressive win at Chester last month and although he disappointed at Haydock a couple of weeks later, he bounced back to his best when winning at Epsom in a listed race earlier this month. He could follow that up with another big run.

Returning to the UK earlier this month ART DU VAL is an intriguing horse in this contest. He has some smart form from his time in Meydan and his first time back on British soil this year he finished a strong second at York in a listed race. This is a tougher task, but it wouldn’t be too surprising if he ran another strong race.

15:50

Looking for his hat-trick and the outsider of the four runners HASEEFAH could be worth another look. She’s been given a 4lb rise after her most recent win at Goodwood last month, but from what we’ve seen of her, she could have more to give at this new mark.

Making her handicap debut, MIMIKYU for John & Thady Johnson is a very easily likeable horse. She lost her maiden tag 3rd time of asking, earlier this month and now steps into handicap company for the first time. It wouldn’t be a surprise if she won this contest. 


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