Today’s cards at Beverley and Windsor have been abandoned because of the current heatwave but we have got racing at Cartmel – noon start – where the going was perhaps softer than the official description of good on Saturday.
Dalkingstown has won his last couple including over hurdles last time and this consistent sort – not out of the first two in his last four starts – is only 3lbs higher than when beating Kabrit a head at Worcester last time. The runner up was due to race at Newton Abbot on Sunday and a big performance would be a boost to the chances of Dalkingstown who represents the father and son combination of Peter and Sean Bowen who landed the Summer Plate at Market Rasen with Franky Du Berlais.
I thought Liffeydale Dreamer was a certainty when last of three at Aintree, but she has only finished out of the first three once in seven starts at Cartmel. The vote, however, goes to Irish raider BINTHEREDONETHAT who looked ahead of his mark when scoring over C&D from a 6lbs lower mark last month.
That success was the 8-year-old’s first win in 17 starts but if he is anywhere near the lead as they come to the last then I hope to see the bottom weight finish strongly. The yard had two representatives at the track on Saturday and they finished first and second, so the stable are certainly going well.
Recommendation: Bintheredonethat at 3/1 with William Hill
Dee Star finished runner up here on Saturday and would be a threat to all if facing the starter less than 48 hours on and he may well have prevailed had he not met trouble in running as he tried to get a run at the top of the home straight.
Larry Looby has won his last couple including over C&D last time and is 2:2 for Emma Smith-Chaston who is good value for her 5lbs claim.
The vote, however, goes to GAME LINE for Peter and James Bowen who has dropped back down to a mark 15lbs lower than when runner up over C&D last summer when beaten 9L by Dressedforsuccess. The winner – who unseated over hurdles here at the weekend – won his next three over fences and is now rated 25lbs higher over the larger obstacles.
The selection – ridden by James Bowen for father Peter – hinted that he was coming to hand when 6L second to Etat Major Aulmes at Worcester last time and the winner was Sunday’s nap at Stratford.
Recommendation: Game Line at 5/2 with William Hill
Shannon Watts sounds like a refugee from Eastenders, but she gave Sound Of Iona a terrific ride at Doncaster for Jim Goldie at Doncaster on Saturday night and the hope is that she can follow up with GRACES QUEST in the opening apprentice handicap at Ayr.
The selection was no match for stablemate Wickywickywheels over 1m 3f at Hamilton last week, but that filly is progressing nicely, and I hope to see the filly gain a third win of the season stepping up in distance to 1m 6f for the first time.
The 4-y-old is out of a winning sprinter but she did win over an extended 12f earlier in the campaign and she certainly races as if this trip will be within her compass.
Recommendation: Graces Quest at 5/2 with William Hill