It was a rather up and down day at Carlisle on Sunday, with a promising run from Operation Overlord in the second division of the novice hurdle sandwiched by the frustration of seeing Ahoy Senor unseat two out when still in with every chance on his chasing debut and the slightly below-par performances of both Green Vault and Sutton Manor.
Thankfully, Ahoy Senor seems to be fine following the race and we have to focus on the positives as he was running to a high level in a hot race over a trip short of his best and his jumping had been brilliant up until that point. Indeed, it was a stumble on landing rather than a mistake that caused him and Derek to part company. There will be other days for Green Vault and we’ll probably look to go back over hurdles with Sutton Manor.
We have four runners at Musselburgh this afternoon, starting off with Diamond State in the conditional jockey’s handicap hurdle. He will be ridden by young Connor McCann, who is having his first ride over jumps, and whilst he lacks experience, his 10lb claim will be a big advantage in this small field.
Emirat de Catana returns to fences in the novice handicap chase after finishing second on his reappearance at Perth. The drop back in trip perhaps isn’t ideal, but he’s very well in himself and is handicapped to go close provided he can get into a good jumping rhythm. Similar sentiments apply to Izzy’s Champion, who also drops back in distance to contest the 2m handicap chase. A previous course winner, he is another who is potentially well handicapped if coping with the sharper test.
Red Missile takes a big step up in trip to contest the 3m handicap hurdle, returning to the scene of his Flat win in the summer. An out-and-out galloper, we feel he is well worth trying over this sort of trip as we seek to eke out further improvement. He would look to have an each-way chance in a competitive race.
Lucinda Russell Racing