Racing tips: Back Silver to strike gold at Carlisle

Carlisle hosts racing on Sunday
Carlisle hosts racing on Sunday

Grove Silver can defy a 5lb hike in the ratings to land a second successive victory at Carlisle.

Jennie Candlish’s nine-year-old responded to first-time blinkers by winning a two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase at the Cumbrian track last month at the same meeting he struck at 12 months earlier.

A visor did the trick in 2017 while a change of headgear worked the oracle again this time.

Though he only got home by half a length from Major Hindrance for his latest triumph, he obviously loves this track.

As a result, he should put up another good account in the Premier League Betting At 188Bet Handicap Chase.

Cracking Find put up a determined display to score at Catterick a month ago and, on that evidence, Sue Smith’s charge looks the answer to an intriguing four-runner affair for the Grand National Betting At 188Bet Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.

Dinos Benefit got off the mark first time since joining Colin Tizzard’s stable and can follow up in the City Of Exeter Challenge Cup Handicap Hurdle at the Devon venue.

The six-year-old mare put up a decent performance when scoring at Chepstow after leaving Kayley Woollacott’s stable on what was only her second start over the smaller obstacles.

There should be more to come from Dinos Benefit and she looks the type that could notch a sequence.

Heavy ground at Towcester proved no problem for The Bay Birch last time when he bolted up by 27 lengths for her second course success of the season.

Conditions should again suit at Exeter when she bids to follow up that success in the Electrotec Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.

The handicapper understandably put Matt Shepherd’s mare up 15lb for her latest effort but that may not prevent her from grinding out another victory.


Carlisle: 1.50 Young Tom, 2.20 Inniscastle Lad, 2.50 Cracking Find, 3.25 Fin And Game, 3.55 GROVE SILVER (NAP), 4.30 Too Many Chiefs, 5.00 Dun Faw Good, 5.35 Glentrool.

Exeter: 2.05 Under The Woods, 2.35 Dinos Benefit, 3.10 The Bay Birch, 3.40 The Kings Writ, 4.15 Steel Express, 4.45 Colt Lightning, 5.15 Persian Snow.