12:30 Carlisle

CURIOUS TIMES looked outpaced in a competitive handicap hurdle at Down Royal earlier this month and can improve in this sphere. He is rated 4lb above his last winning mark at Perth, but the booking for the in-form 5lb claimer Conor Rabbitt is a positive and the pair look capable of being in the mix today. Wor Verge arrives on a hat-trick bid and seems a big threat, while the unexposed Ice Coast is another to consider.
Prediction : 1st Curious Times 2nd Wor Verge 3rd Ice Coast

13:00 Carlisle

RICHMOND LAKE recorded some very respectable efforts over timber last season and lost little in defeat when losing out to the exceptionally classy Jonbon in a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Haydock in January. He has to merit a lot of respect now switching to bigger obstacles, but Soaring Glory proved a very useful hurdler last term and seems a big threat if transferring that form to fences. Nells Son was just denied on his chasing debut and can also make his presence felt.
Prediction : 1st Richmond Lake 2nd Soaring Glory 3rd Nells Son

13:30 Carlisle

This could go the way of THE MOON SEA'S ME, who finished a distant third on her most recent run at Cheltenham last month. She could build on that and showed enough on her penultimate outing at Clonmel to suggest she can be in the mix in a contest of this nature. The Jonjo O'Neill-trained The Gooner bolted up in a point-to-point in April and has to be feared on his Rules debut, while Just A Dime completes the shortlist in a first-time tongue-tie.
Prediction : 1st The Moon Seas Me 2nd The Gooner 3rd Just A Dime

14:00 Carlisle

Although RIVIERE D'ETEL failed to justify favouritism last time out in Grade 2 company, the five-year-old was by no means disgraced in second and can make amends today. Despite making a costly error at the second-last obstacle, the consistent mare ran on close home and may capitalise in these calmer waters. Zambella gave a good account when runner-up at Market Rasen on her latest outing and merits plenty of consideration. Annie Mc was only seen once last term but is worthy of respect after an absence.
Prediction : 1st Riviere Detel 2nd Zambella 3rd Annie Mc

14:30 Carlisle

In a competitive contest the marginal preference goes to THE GALLOPING BEAR, who returns from a lengthy absence. The unexposed nine-year-old was disqualified after finishing first over fences at Haydock off 140 and a mark of 133 may underestimate his ability now reverting to the smaller obstacles. The Ben Clarke-trained gelding gets the nod, while Silver Flyer rates the most immediate danger after giving a good account to finish second at Ayr last time out. Although Flight Deck failed to fire on his latest outing at Aintree, he must be respected off 1lb lower.
Prediction : 1st The Galloping Bear 2nd Silver Flyer 3rd Flight Deck

15:00 Carlisle

It is usually around this time of year that the Venetia Williams stable begins to hit top form and HOLD THAT TAUGHT looks to hold every chance here. A winner first time out here last October, the seven-year-old enjoys cut in the ground and he may have too much for the relatively unexposed Equus Dreamer and the consistent Methodtothemadness, who has more experience than most in this sphere.
Prediction : 1st Hold That Taught 2nd Equus Dreamer 3rd Methodtothemadness

15:30 Carlisle

This can go the way of newcomer BEACHCOMBER, who was taken out on account of the ground last week when entered in a decent bumper at Ascot. His sire Bathyrhon has had some early success with his progeny over jumps and this could be another of the smart variety. A winner of a point-to-point last November, Lost In Transit is interesting for strong connections, while Blue Ridge Hill sets the standard from those who have run under Rules.
Prediction : 1st Beachcomber 2nd Blue Ridge Hill 3rd Lost In Transit