Sunday Racing Tips: Nap & Next Best Selections for Carlisle & Leicester
With Met Office warnings issued for Cumbria on Friday and Saturday, racing at Carlisle on Sunday is subject to a precautionary inspection at 8.00am.
Weather permitting, though, we’ve unearthed some compelling selections at both meetings.
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Carlisle: 2:20 Visit racingtv.com Handicap Hurdle 3m1f
One or two of these have questions to answer at present, so perhaps Sultans Pride, who won a similar race at Kelso three weeks ago, may prove to be the safest option. Gillian Boanas’ 9-year-old has been raised 5lb for that success, but can reasonably be expected to improve, even if only slightly, on his second start since April. He shouldn’t be inconvenienced by any softening of the ground.
Selection: Sultans Pride (4/1 with William Hill)
Carlisle: 2:50 Join racingtv Now Handicap Chase 3m110y
Who’s In The Box ran as though in need of his reappearance on this course in late October, but has otherwise been highly consistent in his fledgling steeplechasing career. Stamina is his strong suit and he appears to act on just about any ground, so he should run his race whatever Storm Arwen has in store for North West England.
Selection: Who’s In The Box (13/2 with William Hill)
Leicester: 3:00 Nelson Panoramic Restaurant For Dining @leicesterraces Handicap Hurdle 1m7f113y
Tinahalla hasn’t shown a great deal on his two starts so far this season, but takes a significant drop in class and is starting to look well handicapped. His close fourth behind subsequent winner Herbiers on his handicap debut at Ascot last March, off a mark of 126, makes good reading in the context of this lesser contest. He has dropped 6lb in the weights since Ascot and the fact that capable conditional jockey Lewis Stones takes off a further 7lb only adds to his appeal.
Selection: Tinahalla (14/1 with William Hill)
Leicester: 3:30 Next Meeting Thursday 2nd December Mares’ Handicap Hurdle 2m4f110y
The stoutly-bred, but evidently fragile, Tashunka has had a ‘stop-start’ career so far and remains a maiden after nine starts. However, the 8-year-old mare ran well enough on her reappearance, in a slightly better race than this one, at Exeter earlier this month to be of interest here. Fergal O’Brien, whose yard continues in decent form, has a 5-15 (33%) strike rate with his hurdlers at Leicester in the last five seasons.
Selection: Tashunka (7/1 with William Hill)
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