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