THREE TO CARLISLE ON SUNDAY.
The going for Carlisle at the time of writing is good to soft, and good in places on the chase course.
Royal Village returns from a near six months break to contest the valuable 0-150 Veterans handicap chase at 2.55.pm, over the extended three miles with Emma Smith-Chaston on board. Royal Village was a 141 horse back in 2019, but while he can't reach those heights nowadays he can still be competitive from his current mark of 125. He is ground dependant, so anymore drying out will be a plus.
Cockney Beau makes his handicap debut at 3.25.pm, in a 0-115 event over two miles and one furlong where he will face just three opponents, with Becky Smith who has been on board for all of his previous eight starts retaining the ride. Cockney Beau starts out from a mark of 103 which looks within his compass judging from his 2019 bumper form. He ran respectively in decent hurdles company in 2020, but then was off the track for 14 months before returning to once again run with promise when third at Wetherby six weeks ago.
Our other runner is Penpal who goes to post for the 0-105 handicap hurdle over two miles and one furlong at 4.35.pm, with his regular jockey Alain Cawley in the saddle. Penpal ran his best race in over a year when returning to some kind of form at Carlisle last time when finishing a five and a quarter lengths fifth. He will have to better that run to be successful here, but he has dropped a long way in the weights since winning in France in May 2020.
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Good luck to the connections, Cheltenham Trail & Cleeve Racing Club, Cheerleader Racing, and The Golden Cuckoo.