Sam Boswell shares his thoughts once again ahead of a busy day’s racing, this time his two selections come from Cartmel.

Finisk River

Cartmel (12:50)

1/1

This novice hurdle has 12 going to post and the going has eased to soft with plenty of recent rain around the track. It looks to be a match at the top of the betting here between Dont Go Gentle for Nigel Twiston-Davies, who is in good form, and the selection who is going to be Finisk River for Donald McCain.

This horse was in behind a winning selection of Mercian Prince at Bangor last time out, that was the horse’s first run since being seen in a couple point to points back in 2018. He did finish second on soft ground in the point to point sphere sho should handle the suspected going today.

I really think this race on paper doesn’t look the strongest of contests and clearly, connections have felt it right to persevere with Finisk River who rewarded them with a fair third last time out at Bangor. They drop back slightly in trip today and I think of those in the field this seven-year-old looks the type who will handle cutting the ground. Donald McCain’s team is in fine form with a 25% strike rate.

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Oksana each-way

Cartmel (16:20)

9/1

The second selection also comes from Cartmel in the two-mile six handicap hurdle a 0-105 and looks a competitive race with 13 in the field. I’m quite curious to see how a few of them get one but the pin has landed on Oksana for Sam England.

This seven-year-old mare has been a course and distance winner off a mark here of 102 when running on good-to-soft ground over the trip.

The softer ground today could potentially be a mild concern but at 9/1 I’m quite happy to have a small each-way play on this horse who has a fine record at Cartmel, winning once in three starts when over this trip and placing over shorter.

I think at the prices this horse makes an interesting each-way angle and can give the favourite Deputy Jones of the in-form Neil Mulholland plenty to think about./

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