Jockey with +£111.50 profit at Cartmel since 2019 rides 2 there on Saturday

Cartmel Racecourse

Without doubt, Cartmel is one of the prettiest tracks in the country. Number two in our 5 racecourses to visit this summer piece from back in January, it should be high on the bucket list for anyone who is yet to visit. It is also a track that has brought out the best in Richie McLernon.

From five rides there last season, McLernon rode three winners, generating a level stakes profit of +£91.00. That is not a one off though, the prior campaign McLernon was 4/14 at the track generating a profit of +£20.50 so it is clearly a course that suits his riding style.

McLernon has two rides there on Saturday afternoon. While most eyes will be on the ITV racing triple header from Haydock, Beverley and Chester, another northern track needs to be watched for our free horse racing tips.

1.35 Cartmel – Unsworths Yard EBF Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

McLernon will don the famous JP McManus colours here on Laskadine. She enjoyed the return to soft ground last time out at Hexham but her stamina just ran out late in the day on that stiff track. She drops back in trip now from a two-pound higher mark. Connections will be hoping there won’t be any drying of the ground.

Her last win came on a heavy surface at Sedgefield so the deeper the better for her. A Listed winner in France, her U.K form suggests that she is high enough in the weights now. That is not to say she couldn’t find a little more improvement after just seventeen starts, especially for a jockey who rides Cartmel better than any.

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2.45 Cartmel – Holker Hall & Gardens Beginners’ Chase

Black Kraken is McLernon’s other ride on the card. He makes his chasing debut here but sprung a shock over hurdles at this track last August. Yet to get close to that level before or since so it will be interesting to see if the return to this course is the spark that he needs.

From a family who are all flat performers, he doesn’t look the most natural recruit to fences on paper. In general, however, it was a solid field that he beat on his win here and there was no fluke about the performance. He needs a bit taken on trust but he certainly wouldn’t be the first to only show his true form at Cartmel.

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