Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 17:01 24/06/2014
The Carlisle Bell, one of the oldest horseraces in the world, is staged at the Cumbria course on Wednesday afternoon and the Bookmakers.co.uk sponsored contest features a maximum field of 17 runners headed by the David O'Meara-trained Balducci on 9st 10lb. The 7-year-old has a 6lb penalty to carry for an easy six length victory over Luhaif and Circumvent at Nottingham last week but that may not be enough to stop the mount of Daniel Tudhope from winning his second race since joining his new stable.
Prior to joining O'Meara the son of Dansili had been with Andrew Balding, Ernst Oertel and David Simcock and at his peak during 2012 was a 100 plus rated performer who earned such a high mark after winning the Adnams Copper House EBF Hernando Conditions Stakes at Newmarket in July 2011, beating the Godolphin classy inmate Invisible Man off level weights.
Balducci joined his present handler last July when rated 95 and, like another previously talented ' cast off ' St Moritz, has returned to something like his best off a mark ( 82 ) which can be regarded as lenient at the very least. Making all at Nottingham the gelding was eased close home for an emphatic victory and could well have up to a stone in hand of the handicapper, despite Wednesday's penalty.
The Hugo Palmer-trained High Time Too could give the selection most to do in the one mile contest worth over £18k to the winner. Jamie Spencer has been booked for the ride on the improving 4-year-old who has done most of her racing on the all-weather tracks at Kempton and Lingfield and while a mark of 84 looks reasonable she is likely to struggle against a well-handicapped Balducci who can be backed at a top price 6-1 guaranteed with Bet365.