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We send a team of five up to Carlisle on Monday, where the going is currently soft, heavy in places.

Bodygroove will carry the same colours as his illustrious stable mate Cornerstone Lad, when he makes his stable, and hurdles debut at, in the two miles and one furlong maiden hurdle, with Conor O'Farrell taking the ride. Bodygroove who is the fourth produce of the classy mare Groovejet, is already the winner of a flat race on the all weather last July, suggesting that stamina will not be an issue, although heavy ground is an unknown.

Trac is the winner of five of his last 12 starts, and doesn't know how to run a bad race. At Sedgefield last time he was fourth, with the possibility that the handicapper has him in his grip at the moment, but his consistency is always a big bonus. Trac goes to post for the 0-115 handicap chase, over two miles and four furlongs, with Conor O'Farrell, who has won on him three times previously, taking the ride.

Applaus doesn't like being crowded, so always runs wide of the field. At 12 years old, he also has a mind of his own, and if he doesn't fancy it, then there is nothing anyone can do. He has all the conditions in his favour, and his mark of 99 is screaming back me. Applaus runs at, in the 0-105 handicap hurdle, over two miles and one furlong, with Emma Smith-Chaston, who knows him better than anyone, once again in the saddle.

Shighness who was always going to be a chaser, took another big step forward at Catterick 17 days ago, when putting up a new personal best, when winning on her fourth start over fences, for which the 4lb rise seems fair. Shighness now runs off her highest mark yet, but remains with plenty of improvement still to come, and she will once again be ridden by the champion jockey Brian Hughes, who has done a terrific job in schooling her round the last twice. Shighness runs at, in the 0-130 handicap chase, over the extended three miles.

The ex Irish Fainche ran a remarkable race at Wetherby 25 days ago, when coming from well off the pace, to finish with what looked like plenty of running still in him, but he is obviously not the easiest of rides. In 19 runs in Ireland for his previous trainer, he failed to get in to the first three, with his best run at Fairyhouse last November, seeing him running on well in to fourth. Fainche who is obviously well handicapped, runs at, in the 0-105 handicap hurdle, over three miles and one furlong, with Emma Smith-Chaston retaining the ride.

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Good luck to the connections, Mrs B M Lofthouse, Randall Orchard, Gary King & Partners, Mrs Gemma Hogg, Keep The Faith Partnership, and In 4 A Grand.


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