Through The Card: Carlisle, Wednesday June 22

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

Timeform take you through the card at Carlisle on Wednesday.


"...the manner of his latest success suggests he shouldn't be inconvenienced by a further 6 lb hike in the weights..."

14:00 - Alicante Dawn showed signs of greenness on his racecourse debut at Musselburgh 11 days ago, but finished his race quite well from an unpromising position and was ultimately beaten less than a length behind the more experienced winner. That form sets the standard here and - likely to improve with that outing under his belt - Alicante Dawn is a confident selection in this opening leg of the Placepot.

14:30 - Burrishoole Abbey looked desperately in need of the experience on his racecourse debut at Haydock last month, diving right leaving the stalls and unable to sustain a brief challenge as the field entered the final furlong. The fact he was sent off at 3/1 suggests better was expected from him that day, though, and Burrishoole Abbey should prove competitive if making the expected improvement here. He is joined in the Placepot by Pepys, who is a half-brother to a two-year-old winner at this trip and makes most appeal of some interesting newcomers.

15:00 - Cymraeg Bounty pulled hard in the early stages of his most recent outing at Ayr, but still had enough left in the locker to quicken clear as the field entered the final two furlongs and was arguably value for more than the official winning margin. A winner of his penultimate start at that venue, the manner of his latest success suggests he shouldn't be inconvenienced by a further 6 lb hike in the weights and, having shown improved form in three starts for the Iain Jardine yard, Cymraeg Bounty is a strong fancy as he attempts to bring up the hat-trick in this third leg of the Placepot.

15:35 - Ginger Jack was a winner over this C&D last July and produced a similar level of form to regain the winning thread at Thirsk last month. He found plenty as the front pair pulled clear on that occasion and the form of that contest could hardly have worked out better, with the second and fifth both successful since. Ginger Jack is entitled to be thereabouts on a mark 2 lb lower than when successful here last year, but he isn't the most consistent and is joined in the Placepot by Hulcolt, who is better than he was able to show at Sandown recently.

16:10 - Opal Tiara had shaped as if retaining all her ability after seven months off the track at Leicester and can be forgiven a below par display at Ascot seven days ago. She faced a stiff enough task at the weights that day, but had shown a useful level of ability when third in last year's Group 2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster and that form leaves her rivals with 7 lb to find on Timeform ratings here. Indeed, a similar effort should be good enough to see her register the second victory of her career, with Eternally feared most in what doesn't look the strongest race of its kind.

16:40 - Masterpaver was unsuccessful in his hat-trick bid at York recently, but did well to finish as close as he did in the circumstances, racing much closer to a strong pace than the winner and only just giving way in the final furlong. He has a 4 lb rise in the weights to contend with here, but Masterpaver remains one to keep onside in his current mood and rates a sound selection in the final leg of the Placepot. Two Jabs also makes plenty of appeal with that in mind and could be dangerous if allowed to dictate matters at the head of affairs.

17:10 - Popsies Joy was a winner of her penultimate start at Beverley and ran to a similar level when beaten off a 6 lb higher mark over this C&D last time. She found only a fairly useful prospect too strong on that occasion and - with nothing of that calibre in opposition here - Popsies Joy is fancied to get back to winning ways in a difficult race to conclude the card.

Recommendations:

Back Cymraeg Bounty in the 15:00 at Carlisle
Back Opal Tiara in the 16:10 at Carlisle

Placepot permutation:
14:00 - 2
14:30 - 2, 7
15:00 - 5
15:35 - 11, 16
16:10 - 4
16:40 - 2, 12
= 8 lines

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