14:10 Carlisle

Chicago Lady could fare better now switched to handicap company following three outings in novice hurdles, the best of which saw her finish a good second over this C&D, but preference is for SCALES. He showed immediate improvement on his first start since a wind operation when filling the runner-up berth in a similar event to this at Hereford three weeks ago and Kerry Lee's charge could build on that. Border Victor hinted his turn may be near when beaten four lengths into second at Wetherby latest, but was over three miles.
Prediction : 1st Scales 2nd Chicago Lady 3rd Border Victor

14:45 Carlisle

SKIPPING ON shaped like a step back up in trip was needed when only held by a length over 2m as he went for a hat-trick here nine days ago and can go one better off the same mark. However, Onlyfoolsownhorses would be a big threat is returning in the same form as when last seen in the summer. Micky Hammond's inmate got within three-quarters of a length of completing a four-timer over an extended 2m7f at Hexham last time out, although that was off 4lb lower and the layoff has to be a concern. Romulus Du Donjon completes the shortlist on the back of as good second over a furlong further here nine days ago.
Prediction : 1st Skipping On 2nd Onlyfoolsownhorses 3rd Romulus Du Donjon

15:20 Carlisle

This represents a drop in class for DUKE DEBARRY, who mixed in good novice company before contesting a fair race on his handicap bow and looks well treated in this lesser event getting weight from previous winners Cave Top and Teescomponents Lad. The latter is just preferred of that duo with the forecast testing ground in his favour and he wasn't beaten far into third in a similar event last time out.
Prediction : 1st Duke Debarry 2nd Teescomponents Lad 3rd Cave Top

15:55 Carlisle

A 10lb rise for a five-length win at Musselburgh makes life tougher for MAHLER LAD, but a chance is taken on Donald McCain's strong stayer being up to the challenge having had plenty in hand of his rivals that day and having had a good break from the track. Achill Road Boy was an easy winner over course and distance when last seen and he is capable of playing a leading role once again, while Misfits, who was second that day is entitled to bridge the near four-length gap at the revised terms. Irish raider Milanesque and Attention Please are others with solid claims.
Prediction : 1st Mahler Lad 2nd Achill Road Boy 3rd Misfits

16:30 Carlisle

SKYWARDS REWARD routed the opposition by 17 lengths in a course and distance contest earlier this month and should be hard to beat once again having escaped a rise in the ratings due to that success coming in a conditional jockeys' race. A winner of two of his last three starts, he is in fine form and should be able to see off Floramoss, with the consistent mare having the assistance of Brian Hughes once again. Perseid and Instingtive are others who could play a part from the foot of the handicap.
Prediction : 1st Skywards Reward 2nd Floramoss 3rd Perseid

17:05 Carlisle

Dica has to be respected, given that the veteran has finished in the first three home in each of his last 10 starts, and he should be in the mix once again. That said, the preference is for PISTOL PARK, who is now 2lb below his last winning mark and his last couple of performances have been encouraging. Ulis De Vassy is not the most reliable of geldings but he is more than capable of going well in a race of this nature.
Prediction : 1st Pistol Park 2nd Dica 3rd Ulis De Vassy

17:40 Carlisle

LILY'S GEM was not beaten far at all when finishing second in a similar race over C&D late last month and she can be supported to go one better. Dizzy Chief is another who has displayed promise already under Rules and she merits a place on the shortlist. The Some Dance Kid beat some decent rivals when winning at Catterick in February but his 7lb penalty leaves him vulnerable.
Prediction : 1st Lilys Gem 2nd Dizzy Chief 3rd The Some Dance Kid

17/04/2018 Carlisle Acca