Irish trainer John McConnell has found a new fondness with Cartmel Racecourse and the Irish handler will send five runners to the British track across the Irish Sea on Monday. He is operating at 30 per cent at the track so clearly targets the place now and he is probably favouring there over Scotland as he probably wants to avoid Gordon Elliott as much as he can. Let’s take a look at the five runners.
Bella Bliss landed a fair gamble at Sligo over 2m1f 12 days ago, scorching clear in the closing stages. This is 5f longer a trip and she will now be going left-handed so it is a totally different test but she could be far too good for these.
Nick Lost certainly lost his way when with Henry de Bromhead, but the 10yo is down to a very workable mark now on second start for his new yard if the change of scenery can work its magic. He has an awful lot to prove and would be a surprise winner.
Streets Of Doyen last won at Galway over fences last summer but was though highly enough of to run in the Brown Advisory in March. Pulled up there, he ran his best race of the year when second to Darver Star at Kilbeggan latest and could be in line to strike.
Seddon had his final run for the Whittington yard at Uttoxeter in July and has now changed hands. This horse wasn’t disgraced in a Ballymore Hurdle in the past and won a handicap chase here off 132 in the past. Now 4lb lower with a 7lb claimer aboard, it would be silly to discount him.
Golden Ticket was an average flat campaigner and ran the best race of his career when a close up fourth in a claimer at Fairyhouse in July. He still has low miles on the clock and hurdles could suit him better.
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