Willie Mullins may have been the man to dominate the Cheltenham Festival but Venetia Williams was the star of the home defence. From eleven runners, ten got round and all of them finished in the first six. Two winners, two seconds and two thirds, Williams has her horses in rude health at present.
Carlisle is a track that Williams has had plenty of success at. Winners at a 25% clip here so far in her career, she has produced a level stakes profit of +£22.34 with her chase runners at this venue. Her sole runner on Sunday runs in a chase, making the long trip up from Herefordshire.
Belami Des Pictons has been a while without a win but two of his runs this season have been his best since 2017. Behind Snow Leopardess at Bangor in November and his runner-up effort at Exeter in February both look solid efforts to bring to the table at this level.
He was below par at Doncaster when last seen, sent off the favourite that day. That was only ten days after his Exeter run and those quick exertions saw him break a blood vessel so it is easy enough to excuse. He has run at this track just once in his career, runner-up to Waiting Patiently in the Colin Parker.
A stiff right-handed track is fine for him, his most recent success coming at Leicester. That also includes the the aforementioned runner-up run at Exeter just last month. This can suit him better than Doncaster last time did and a bounce back to form at a track that suits would surprise no-one. That is especially true given the fine run of form for his yard.
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