We head north to Carlisle in our attempt to make a midweek profit on the Placepot...
"Nelson’s Bay was unlucky not to stage a surprise return to form at Musselburgh last time when running into the thriving Gambino and this looks an excellent chance to gain compensation..."
14:00 - We kick off proceedings with a six-furlong contest for amateur riders and Shilito is hard to ignore. He ran into one at Thirsk last time but finished clear of the remainder and has been dropped 2 lb since, so should go close again. Choc'a'moca has won at Beverley and Redcar in the last two months and was successful off his current mark last year, so another bold bid is expected.
14:30 - Summer Times is the first to keep on side in the six-furlong maiden that follows in the hope he puts his disappointing run last time behind him. His effort when second to Acomb runner-up Toocoolforschool should see him hard to beat if he can reproduce that level of form. The horse that beat Charlie Croker on debut at Pontefract has gone in again subsequently and if he progresses for that experience he should run well.
15:00 - A sole selection will suffice in the six-furlong handicap which follows in the shape of Kirtling Belle who will have benefited from the short break she's had since disappointing here over five furlongs. She'll also appreciate the step back up in trip and it seems likely she'll make the frame if able to put her best foot forward.
15:30 - It will be another single selection carrying our hopes in the fillies' handicap over a mile up next and seeming as Le Harvrese gives the impression she still has more to offer, it's her we'll keep on side. The stiffer track and slight step up in trip that today offers should also be right up her street and it would be no surprise to see her gain her second career success.
16:00 - Lord of The Dance is the first to keep on side in the mile-handicap which comes next as he more than hinted at a revival when fifth over C&D here last time. He's been dropped a further 4 lb for that effort and now looks well-handicapped on the pick of his form. Chinese Jade is the pick of the three-year-olds in the line-up after proving himself a highly consistent performer in his career to date.
16:30 - The final leg of today's perm is a handicap over an extended nine furlongs and it seems prudent to keep Nelson's Bay on side. He was unlucky not to stage a surprise return to form at Musselburgh last time when running into the thriving Gambino and this looks an excellent chance to gain compensation. Senor George is the other to get the nod as he's made a promising start for two new handlers in recent months including current trainer Brian Ellison, with further progress expected today.
14:00 - 3,4
14:30 - 2,8
15:00 - 1
15:30 - 1
16:00 - 6,7
16:30 - 2,6
= 16 Lines