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OFF to Cartmel today with two runners looking to keep our good form going after yesterday’s Kelso double.

We were thrilled with Rae Des Champs and Rockonsoph who both handled the quicker ground well to win their races snugly and make it a super 45 minutes for the yard. Both horses will enjoy their bags of carrots in the coming days!

WHY NOT DREAM (2.20) ran well to a point then blew up before unseating Dylan Johnston at Kelso on her track debut last time out so we’re stepping back in trip here to 2m1f. She’s a long-term prospect who didn’t come through the point-to-point scene so she needs to build up as much experience as she can. Cartmel is a fairly unique course so it will be interesting to see how she handles the constant turns. The step back in trip should help given the style of her Kelso run so hopefully we’ll see a bit of encouragement today.

Why Not Dream schooling

SLANELOUGH (4.40) is at the other end of the age spectrum at 11 years old but he, too, makes his Cartmel debut. We brought him back after a 100-day layoff over 3 miles at Kelso last month but he didn’t see the trip out, so will return to a more familiar 2m5f this afternoon. If he takes to the track and gets going into a rhythm up front then we think he’d be competitive. He’s only 1lb higher than when winning at Newcastle on good ground last March and Dylan is taking off seven, so if everything aligns for him then we’d have every right to be hopeful - and perhaps prove today's Racing Post comments writer wrong!


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