Lightning to strike in bookies.com-sponsored race

Lightning to strike in bookies.com-sponsored race

Ellison

Echo Of Lightning

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Betting Tip: @ 7/2 with betvictor

This afternoon’s bookies.com sponsored 71/2f handicap at Carlisle (3.15pm) has drawn a field of nine and the trio to concentrate on are Rasselas, Echo Of Lightning and Mercers Row, all of whom have shown solid recent form.

Rasselas has been raised 6lb for his latest success at Newcastle, but this dual course winner is still not badly treated on a mark of 65 and his stable has been sending out plenty of winners. He’s a moody sort, though, who needs things to go his way and narrow preference is for ECHO OF LIGHTNING.

The five-year-old is arguably the most progressive of these and posted a career-best when winning over this trip at Beverley two starts back. He couldn’t follow up over a half furlong less at Musselburgh last time, but he found that trip a little too sharp and will relish today’s stiffer test of stamina. His trainer Brian Ellison had a double at York on Saturday.

Mercers Row went close to defying a 4lb rise for a previous win at Thirsk when runner-up over track and trip three weeks ago. He’s been nudged up another 2lb, but his rider Gemma Tutty’s 5lb claim more than takes care of that and he is feared most. Of the rest, Ishikawa has dropped to what looks a dangerous mark and it’s a matter of time before he takes advantage, although he finished well beaten (11th of 13) on his latest start at Haydock.

UPDATE – Echo Of Lightning has been declared a non-runner and Rasselas is the selection in his place.

Betting Tip: @ 7/2 with betvictor

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