IT'S BACK TO CARTMEL ON MONDAY, WITH ANOTHER TWO CHANCES.
It's day two of Cartmel's three day spring meeting, and there is no reason to think the ground will not continue drying out, with it being good at the time of writing.
Artic Quest runs in the 2.25.pm, a 0-100 handicap hurdle, over two miles and six furlongs, with Becky Smith taking the ride. Artic Quest ran his best race since joining us on his stable debut over this course and distance last August on soft ground, but he did run his best race when trained in Ireland on good ground. In that race last August he was beaten by three lengths into second place, with a massive 19 lengths back to the third horse, and he can race from a 2lb lower mark now, but he has not run to that level in four subsequent starts.
We are also represented by Royal Village who goes to post at 4.10.pm, in Class 3, 0-140 handicap chase over two miles and five furlongs with Alain Cawley riding him for the first time. Royal Village is a quality performer, having been rated as high as 141 in 2019. He has raced twice since joining us, and last time at Market Rasen he showed he retains plenty of his old ability, when finishing a four and a half lengths third over three miles, off a 1lb higher mark than now. This drop back in trip is a plus, and he does have lots of form on good ground.
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Good luck to the connections, Ian Barran & Oakwood, and Cheltenham Trail & Cleeve Racing Club.