Cartmel preview: Clues and Arrows to land chasing debut.
A chance is taken on Clues And Arrows to bounce back to form today on his first start over fences for John Wade in the 3.55.
He put in a bad run last time out at Hexham but he is forgiven for that run given it was his first of the season. He’s a horse who enjoys good ground which has inevitably seen him race throughout the summer and it’s probably no coincidence that he’s had a nice break before starting his career in the middle of July.
Clues And Arrows recorded a quick fire hat-trick of wins for Jonjo O’Neil last summer over hurdles which saw his official rating rise from 80 through to 120 by the end of the season. He performed creditably here at Cartmel on his last run of 2014 in a class three and he can put his ability to good use today.
Mr Burgees sets a good standard off a mark of 120 having raced once over fences and Clues And Arrows should be well within that range off level-weights. It’s always important to take note when Gordon Elliott sends over an Irish raider but Tom’s Article has a string of letters for form and he will need to answer some serious questions to get involved.
Clues and Arrows has a great chance today to land a weak beginners chase. He knows how to win and has performed well in a higher grade and should be right there if his jumping is up to scratch.
In the 2.45 at Cartmel, Slipper Satin is taken to land the mares’ handicap hurdle. A two mile six furlong contest, Slipper Satin will have benefited from a run on the flat when she won with surmountable ease.
That victory came after a very respectable second to Redclue, an Irish raider who completed a fast double in just three days. She put a great deal of room between herself and the rest of the field that day and a 3lb rise is very fair. Henry Brooke is back on board today and at five, she can still improve.
Slipper Satin was racing off a mark of 120 this time last year which was perhaps too high on the back of only a few runs over obstacles. She is starting to halt the decline in her official handicap mark and starting to show an improved level of form. A mark of 95 is very workable.
The ground should not pose any problem to Slipper Satin and with a workable mark; she is taken to land this open mare’s handicap hurdle.
14:10 – Lorfeo
14:45 – Slipper Satin (NB)
15.20 – Lowanbehold
15.55 – Clues and Arrows (NAP)
16.25 – Oh Right
16.55 – Sergeant Pink
17.25 – Morning With Ivan