Charlie & Mark Johnston are a formidable partnership and there is a suspicion that both of their runners entered at Carlisle Racecourse on Tuesday night could open up way too big. Both could be overpriced and that means one thing…. value!
The yard have a formidable record at the track since they took out their dual license, with seven winners from 20 runners thus far. That is an incredible 35 per cent return and it has yielded a level stakes profit of £18.50 to a £1 unit stake. Let’s take a look at the runners more closely.
As with the majority of the Johnston yard’s runners, it’s a matter of timing with them a lot of the time as most have inconsistent profiles and can win out of the blue. Perfect Play needs to bounce back from a poor effort at Chester but that was on soft ground and his best run to date has come on a sound surface. A reproduction of his penultimate run at Ayr brings him right into this and conditions should suit.
Cavendish is another of the yard’s runners who seemed to hate soft ground when last seen, easing up quickly at Catterick when never travelling a yard in the mud when last seen. He finished second at both Ripon and Bath on good to firm prior to that, and now back on a sound surface, he may well bounce back to form. He still looks very nicely treated from a lowly mark of just 51. This stiff track should play to his strengths and a big run is expected. Best of luck if you have a play.
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