Cartmel have had a lot of rain over the past 24 hours, and had to abandon Friday's meeting, but they are confident that with the predicted drying conditions, racing will go ahead on Sunday. The going at the time of writing is good to soft, but waterlogged in places.
We send three runners to the track on Sunday, with Justforjames first up at 2.40.pm in a 0-120 handicap chase over the extended three miles and one furlong, with Becky Smith retaining the ride. Justforjames came good over this course and distance 29 days ago when staying on to win by a length. The handicapper has raised him 4lb for that win, but he remains a very well handicapped horse on past efforts. He wouldn't be concerned if the ground didn't dry out too much.
Roxyfet is one of the toughest and bravest horses to have ever been trained at Oakwood stables. He is the veteran of an amazing 102 races over jumps, which includes a staggering 92 races over fences, in total he has won on 15 occasions. For the first time in his nine season career, he has been absent from the racecourse because of injury, but after a 10 months break he returns at 3.15.pm, in a 0-110 two miles and one furlong handicap chase, with the bonus of Emma Smith-Chaston, who has won on him three times already, taking off a very useful 7lb. A fully fit Roxyfet would find it no easy task trying to win this from a mark of 101, and although a softer surface will suit, he is entitled to need this first run back.
The Very Thing is our final runner at 4.55.pm, in the 0-110 handicap hurdle over three miles and one furlong, with Alain Cawley who has ridden him on five occasions previously back in the saddle. As far as the going goes, it's the softer the better for The Very Thing, who has placed form from 10lb higher than this current mark, which suggests he should be taken seriously, providing the surface is in his favour. He has run well on two of his five starts this season on soft and heavy ground, with his poor effort at Hexham last time coming on ground which was too fast.
Good luck to the connections, J4J Partnership, Samuel Sutton & Partners, and Derek Walpole.