Well Above Par leads out four runners at Carlisle this afternoon when he attempts to follow up a recent course success in the 2m5f handicap chase. This race represents a significant step up in grade, but he is compiling a good record around Carlisle and the overnight rain will be very much in his favour, particularly given he has a feather-weight to carry.
In contrast to Well Above Par, the ground is rather going against Speak of The Devil, who contests the staying handicap chase over 3m2f. A horse who jumps much better off a sounder surface, he would be stepping down in class following a run at Haydock, but we just fear the ground might scupper his chances.
We have been a little short of bumper runners of late, but we take the wraps off two promising mares this afternoon with Its A Midnight and Pasture Beach lining up in the concluding race on the card. Both have done plenty of work in preparation for their racecourse debuts and we’re hopeful of good runs, although they’ll undoubtedly improve for this initial experience. Of the two, Pasture Beach may prove the more forward with Conner taking a valuable 10lb off her back.
Lucinda Russell Racing