Through The Card: Carlisle, Sunday November 29

We look at all races at Carlisle on Sunday
We look at all races at Carlisle on Sunday

Every race at Carlisle on Sunday is previewed in Through The Card.

"Low-grade races like this are the best time to take a punt. Jonny Eager gives us a good opportunity to do that here."

12:20 - It's set to be very testing at Carlisle today, so we need to find horses that can go in the mud. In the first race, the two at the head of the betting happen to have proof of that on their record, Dusky Bob having won at Hexham last time on soft and Courtown Oscar's recent good run over fences at Uttoxeter coming in even more testing conditions.

12:50 - There's no doubt that Alibi de Sivola is the best long-term prospect in this race, though he mightn't be so appreciative of a bog as some others. De Bene Esse is a point winner therefore at least has stamina to burn, while Bollin Ace is from a family of soft-ground performers.

13:20 - When we last saw Allez Cool, he was awarded a soft-ground race at Catterick. He'd previously shown similar form at around this trip on heavy ground at Hexham, indeed all of his form is in the mud, so we can be confident of him handling conditions. The form of the John Wade yard is a concern, though telling stable form with smaller yards is always a difficult task given the necessarily small sample size.

13:50 - It's possible that Sirabad has the talent to worry On Tour, but after a flop on his chasing debut he's hard to fancy, even with a hood applied. On Tour wouldn't have been out of place in graded novices last year (luck deserted him in handicaps) and might be bound for a similar level over fences, so he could be a bet at a shade of odds-on. There's always a reluctance to plough into a shorty when the ground is this testing, though.

14:20 - It looks as though the market has this right, insofar as Virnon and Lake View Lad are by far the most interesting, arguably by an even greater margin than the betting implies. Virnon would probably win the narrow verdict given he has plenty of form in bad ground and a C&D win to his name, but narrow is all it is.

14:50 - It's likely that only the ground can beat Gitane du Berlais, who won the Scilly Isles last season. If there's a bet, it's probably Emily Gray to place, that being a marginally better option at a shade of odds-on than Gitane du Berlais to win at 1/2 or shorter.

15:20 - Low-grade races like this are the best time to take a punt. Jonny Eager gives us a good opportunity to do that here. A point winner, he never quite made the grade for Donald McCain last year, but starts off for Alistair Whillans from a low mark as a result and is worth backing to to advantage.

Recommended bets:
1pt win Allez Cool in the 13:20
1pt win Jonny Eager in the 15:20

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