IT'S BACK TO CARLISLE.
One week on from their last fixture, we return to Carlisle on Thursday afternoon, with four runners on ground that is described at the time of writing as good, good to firm in places, with showers expected.
We have a runner in the first race at 1.55.pm, in the two and a half miles novice hurdle, where we are represented by the four year old filly Dat'shallot, who will be ridden by Conor O'Farrell who has been on board for all of her three previous starts. To date Dat'shallot has finished well down the field in two bumpers at Sedgefield and Kelso back in May, and it was a similar story on her hurdles debut at Hexham 20 days ago.
We are doubly represented at 4.50.pm, in the 0-105 handicap hurdle over two and a half miles. Ballycrystal returns from a 109 day break, with Emma Smith-Chaston who was on board last time retaining the ride. Ballycrystal last got his head in front at Newcastle back in April. and now races from a 5lb higher mark, the trip, and the going will pose no problems.
We also welcome back Raddle And Hum who was last seen winning at Market Rasen 139 days ago on good ground over their extended two and a half miles. She was ridden that day by Becky Smith who is back on board this time, the 4lb rise in the weights to 98 seems fair, as she has been as high as 105 back in March 2020 after finishing second at Wetherby.
Our final runner is Brickadank in the second division of that race at 5.20.pm, he will be ridden by Becky Smith who has finished third on him once, and fourth twice, from three previous attempts. Brickadank remains a maiden but has been competitive several times, appearing to just lack the extra gear needed, including on his latest start at Sedgefield 23 days ago when being outpaced from the last. Whether this step up in trip of an extra three furlongs will be in his favour or not, we can only wait and see.
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Good luck to the connections, Mrs Gemma Hogg, A & S Associates, and Miss Rebecca Dennis.