Stat of the Day: 23rd July 2012
We could only record a 4th place finish from yesterday's old warrior Lidjo de Rouge, who was sent off at 4/1. He seemed to look disinterested in the midsection of the race before rallying again and staying on towards the end, but by then, the race was lost and even our place backers didn't see a return. Sunday and Monday racing have proved to be generally poor fayre of late and today looks to be following that same path!
But...every race must a winner and hopefully we can steer you towards one today as SotD clocks up the miles by heading back to Cumbria to look at a Northern specialist in a Class 5 Handicap Chase over 2m 1.5f. The going is set to be Good (but softer in places) and we're expecting to see 9 runners compete in the...
Trainer Harriet Graham doesn't have the largest yard in the North, with just 35 runners this year. She does, however have a decent record at Cartmel with a career win strike rate of 27% (7/26). This record is further improved to 6/11 in the last two years at the course, mainly due to the form displayed by today's selection, who had helped Mrs Graham towards a record of 5/12 in Cartmel chases (4/6 in the last 2 yrs!)
Our selection today is another old warrior: Soul Magic, whose record in Cartmel chases reads: 61111 and his record in chases over course & distance reads 1111. He notched up 4 consecutive C&D victories last "summer" and will hope to extend that run on his reappearance today. He wasn't on the top of his game at Hexham last time out, coming back from a two-month break, but he is expected to come on for that outing.
He is reunited with Gary Rutherford today, who was on board for 3 of the 4 C&D wins and also takes a useful 5lbs off today, which should help. it's not the best looking contest in the world, but as I said earlier, it needs a winner (and so do we!) and at 4/1 BOG generally, Soul Magic looks a decent proposition.
I'm taking the 4/1 BOG, but you can always pop back later to...
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