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Carlisle preview: It’s time to get Indepub

| 22.10.2015

David Metcalf | October 22, 2015

Indepub looks decent value to take advantage of a drop in the weights and get back to winning ways in the 2m 4f handicap hurdle on today’s card at Carlisle (16.25).

The gelding was last successful over course and distance in May 2014 when trained by Martin Todhunter and scoring by a length off a mark of 88.

Indepub got put up to 95 for that success but is now able to race off just 84.

That is 4lb lower than when last successful, and gives the six-year-old major claims from a handicapping perspective.

Indepub, who is now in the care of Lisa Harrison, also comes into the contest having run well in two of his last four starts.

In the first of those over course and distance the son of Indestachel finished a solid third to Tiger O’Toole off a mark of 87.

Indepub also ran better than the bare result suggests when fourth over 2m 6f at Cartmel last time out and will appreciate the drop back down to 2m 4f.

Quito Du Tresor to thrill

In the 2m 4f handicap chase (16.55), Quito Du Tresor is dangerously well-treated on the pick of his form and looks to have plenty in his favour.

Trained by Lucinda Russell, the gelding was last successful back in January when landing a class 3 handicap at Musselburgh off a mark of 120.

The 11-year-old was then far from disgraced when third to Ifandbutwhynot in a similar grade affair at the same venue off a revised rating of 123, and is now able to race in this lower grade class 4 contest off just 112.

That is the lowest rating Quito Du Tresor has run off in over five years, and makes him a huge player if putting his best hoof forward.

Another plus is that Quito Du Tresor’s best form has come on right handed tracks, and with Peter Buchanan in the saddle this looks a nice opportunity for the son of Jeune Homme to get back on the scoresheet.


14.20: Western Miller
14.50: The Grey Taylor
15.25: Cooking Fat
15.55: Courtown Oscar
16.25: Indepub (NAP)
16.55: Quito Du Tresor (NB)
17.30: Gully’s Edge


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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.