Joe Rendall attempts to get the Placepot week off to a flyer at Cartmel on Monday...
"Course specialist Soul Magic shouldn't be far away in this contest, and should bounce back from when fading quickly on his most recent here..."
14:15 - Favourite Macarthur was well beaten by Professeur Emery last time, and despite that horse going on to score impressively again since, the one to side with in the opening contest is the Donald McCain trained Dr Dalwhinny. He shaped with promise on his last run at Uttoxeter and was not given the hardest of rides; decent bumper form behind Another Hero last month suggests he is capable of more and should figure here.
14:45 - The field for this competitive handicap hurdle are closely knit on Timeform weight-adjusted ratings. C&D winner Executive Hall gets the first vote as he will appreciate the firmer going and finished in a trio well clear of the rest at Hexham last time. King Mak should also make the frame providing he takes to newly fitted blinkers and his recent fourth at Market Rasen suggested he is back on the right track.
15:20 - The field for this beginner's chase is lacking a little in depth and Valleyofmilan should lead them home. Black Rock Lake is deemed the most likely to fill the runner's up spot; she jumped well at Limerick last time and should benefit from what has been a gentle introduction to fences on her three previous starts this season; the step up in trip should help too.
15:55 - Course specialist Soul Magic shouldn't be far away in this contest, and should bounce back from when fading quickly on his most recent start here. Short priced favourite Alba King is worth taking on under a penalty and Sendiym looks to have an excellent chance of making the frame; his fifth of twenty four at Hexham last time was better than the result suggests and he looks more unexposed than his some of his rivals.
16:30 - Lost Legend could well bounce back after his fourth at Market Rasen when on a three-timer, and if newly fitted cheek pieces have the desire effect he looks sure to go close. His yard currently yield an impressive 18% strike rate over fences so far this season and he may not have shown his best just yet.
17:00 - Favourite Bygones of Brid is on a potentially handy mark starting out in handicaps over fences and has to be respected, but Kosta Brava shaped with plenty of promise on his first outing for new trainer Michael Smith after ten months off when fourth to subsequent winner Strobe at Perth earlier this month. He will no doubt come on for that run and if the first time cheekpieces and tongue tie do the trick he could really show what he's made of.
14:15 - 8
14:45 - 5, 6
15:20 - 7
15:55 - 3, 7
16:30 - 1
17:00 - 3
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