Triton the each-way pick for Bell success
Back King Triton @ 8.07/1 in the 14:55 at Carlisle
The Carlisle Bell was first run in 1599, thus making the Bell the oldest sporting trophy in the world. And following a quiet spell for the column, that year feels like my last winner.
Tim Easterby, David O'Meara, Mark Johnston and Roger Fell have all lifted the prize in recent seasons and are represented again, but King Triton has the potential to win a race of this nature if he can bounce back after a poor effort last time. If he wins, it would be his trainer Grant Tuer's first in this.
For a 4yo, he's only raced six times and with the poor run at Hamilton last time, there could be the possibility of the run coming too soon off the back of a good reappearance. He didn't race as a juvenile when trained by Roger Varian, and did have two spaces of 58 and 66 days in his relatively light campaign last term.
The stand-out is the horse's pedigree as his dam is a half-sister to the great Dubawi and a relation to Emirates Queen and Princess Naja as she was bred and formerly owned by Sheikh Obaid. New owner Ed Ware did pay £100,000, and the horse still has some unfinished business.
His two most interesting runs were last term; and arguably on the scorchio side of things was his third at York behind a 95-rated winner who was subsequently sold to Hong Kong, while the second that day is now rated in the 100s. Even the sixth Royal Fleet is now a 109 horse. King Triton does look off a very good mark of 82, which is 3lb lower than last time.
He was also unlucky at Thirsk last year, and with a good draw today and quick ground from stall 1, I am hoping he can bounce back as he has the pedigree for a 1m2f, so a taxing 1m at pace should be ideal.
This is also an Extra Place Special on the Sportsbook.
Atomic to get back on track in Eternal
Back Atomic Lady @ 11.010/1 in the 15:55 at Carlisle
The Listed Eternal Stakes has gone to some good fillies in recent years and today's renewal looks a good race for the three-year-olds. There's a 104 rated runner and plenty of progressive contenders and Atomic Lady has a chance to build on a promising juvenile campaign for Tim Easterby.
She ran in the Listed Champion 2yo race at Ripon last term with a creditable and slightly unlucky third in meeting trouble behind the very smart Flotus. That horse (Flotus) made the running that day at a good pace and was away from all the trouble, and has turned out to be a quality horse - running placed in a pair of Group 1s, including Royal Ascot last week in the Commonwealth Cup.
Atomic Lady is pretty zippy herself and ran some fine races at York last term with a second in a valuable sales contest and a win on the Knavesmire too - showing her pace with a pair of sub 11 second furlongs including a 10.78.
The move to 7f looks interesting considering she has pace, and like quite a few of Easterby's this term she might have needed the run on her reappearance last time out.
She could be better than a 90-rated filly.
June single bet winners
Prince Dundee 5/2 Won
Blackrod 8/1 Placed
Royal Scotsman 9/1 Placed
Mooneista 10/1 Placed
Zaccerela 15/2 Placed
One World 3/1 Won
All Lies Ahead 7/1 Placed
Magical Morning 5/1 Won
Palm Lily 9/4 Won
May single bet winners
Sole Pretender Evens Won
Clear The Runway 6/4 Won
Rich Belief 3/1 Won
Exit To Where 9/4 Won
Boardman 9/4 Won
Sea La Rosa 11/4 Won
Quickthorn 4/1 Won
Alpine Sierra 15/8 Won
Secret Shadow 9/2 Placed
Mooneista 13/2 Placed
Lionel 3/1 Won
Sea Silk Road 13/8 Won
Johnston's Blue 11/4 Won
Haarar 9/2 Won
Lariat 6/1 Placed
Haizoom 10/1 Won and Placed
Sea Silk Road 8/1 Won
Brotherly Company 17/2 Won