Through The Card: Carlisle, Wednesday February 8

There is racing from Carlisle on Wednesday
There is racing from Carlisle on Wednesday

Timeform take you through the card at Carlisle on Wednesday.

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13:50 - The Blue Bomber sets the standard but has had plenty of chances in similar races without yet getting off the mark and VISERION (8) could be the one to include instead. Viserion was a fairly useful Flat horse and progressed from his hurdling debut to finish third at Leicester last time. The winner has franked the form since, and he is expected to be in the first three here.

14:20 - Interesting to see some overnight support for GREYBOUGG (2) who is well treated on the pick of his hurdles form (finished second at Ascot from 11 lb higher in the weights at his best) having been dropped 8 lb in the weights after pulling up at Wincanton last time. He was being turned out very quickly that day (six days after his last start), and there is every chance that he may come on for his first few outings of this season given he was off for 19 months prior. FREDDIES PORTRAIT (6) looks the type to improve on what he has shown to date, and is also worth including for the Placepot.

14:50 - Which One Is Which paid the price for quite a big move into contention from a lot further back than the winner last time at Exeter and should run well, but narrowly preferred for Placepot purposes is LASTBUTNOTLEAST (1), who looked a good prospect when winning on her hurdling debut last time at Hexham and should be suited by this step up in trip.

15:25 - As an ex-pointer and lightly raced hurdler it was no surprise to see DICK DARSIE (2) improve on his hurdles form on just his second start over fences last time at Ayr and, unexposed at this sort of trip, he should go closer today now significantly down in grade (from a 0-120 to a 0-105).

15:55 - Hard to look past TONTO'S SPIRIT (1), who was an emphatic 23-length winner of a Sedgefield handicap at the end of January and looks to have been well placed under a penalty here. Kenneth Slack is building up an excellent reputation both on the Flat and over jumps, and Tonto's Spirit should provide him with another winner today.

16:30 - An interesting contest to end the card. Like many horses Alfie Spinner has been revitalized by the move to Kerry Lee and made it two wins from two starts when beating subsequent winner Abracadabra Sivola and should run well again, though the fact that he will probably be pressed for the lead by Rigadin De Beauchene is a negative for his chances. Another horse involved in that Wincanton race (won by Alfie Spinner) was CYCLOP (9), and he looked the biggest danger to the winner when falling four from home. He is worth including along with RUSSE BLANC (5), who was let down by his jumping at Warwick last time but has been given a chance by the handicapper (only 2 lb higher than when winning the 2016 Classic Chase) and now has Brian Hughes on board for the first time.


Recommendation:

Win back GREYBOUGG in the 14:20

Placepot permutation:

13:50 - 8
14:20 - 2, 6
14:50 - 1
15:25 - 2
15:55 - 1
16:30 - 5, 9

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