We send one up to Carlisle where the going at the time of writing is good to soft, soft in places, and two down to Southwell where it is currently good to soft, good in places.
Our representative at Carlisle is the recent purchase Perfect Man, who was the winner of seven of his 31 rules races before joining us. In three starts between Cartmel in May, to Wetherby eight days ago he has shown that the ability is still there. He runs in the Class 2 Pertemps Handicap hurdle Qualifier at 2.10.pm, over three miles and one furlong, with Becky Smith retaining the ride.
Our two runners down at Southwell both go head to head at 3.25.pm, in the conditional jockeys 0-110 handicap hurdle over the extended two and a half miles. Applaus proved that he can go well fresh when winning at Carlisle from a 3lb lower mark than now back in November of last year, which was his first start in over 10 months, he held his form on his next two starts, but failed to get competitive in his next three, he now returns from a seven months break, with Jack Hogan taking the ride.
We are also represented by the returning Trimmers Lane who was last seen on Boxing Day 2020 when winning a three miles chase by seven and a half lengths, for which he will have to race today from an 8lb higher mark. Following that Wetherby run Trimmers Lane was found to have heat in a leg, and was turned out to grass. This will be his first run over hurdles since being trained in Ireland back in June 2019, and this race should help to bring him to full fitness, as he approaches his 12th birthday. Emma Smith-Chaston who has ridden him previously is back in the saddle.
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Good luck to the connections, The Rat Pack Racing Club, Mrs Gemma Hogg, and Ian Ender.