Bako De La Saulaie to get off mark over fences

4.40 Carlisle  BAKO DE LA SAULAIE  4.5pts @ 10/3

Half of this field have stamina doubts over this stiff extended three miles.  Winner of both the handicap hurdles he’s contested, I fancy Bako De La Saulaie to get off the mark over fences at his third attempt. After needing the run following a year off at Newcastle just before Christmas, Rose Dobbin’s 7yo looked all over the winner until being collared 100 yards out at Doncaster last month. Connections think the world of him & it’s interesting Craig Nichol looks to have got off the topweight Chidswell to ride him.  The selection looks sure to improve & can go one better here. I’m hoping the aforementioned Chidswell, a consistent Nicky Richards 9yo, makes the market. He appeared to show improved form after stepping up in trip from 2m4f to Kelso’s extended 2m7f & certainly looks worth another try at this sort of distance. However, there’s a world of difference between Kelso’s 9f round chase course & Carlisle, which along with Newcastle must be regarded as the stiffest course in the North. He does need to improve for this extra distance, as he seems just held from his current mark at 2m4f. One I have severe doubts about staying is the Sue Smith bottom-weight Never Up. The 7yo surprised connections when winning here over 2m4f last October & being a front-runner, there’ll be no hiding place up this tough uphill finish. Un Guet Apens is another with stamina doubts & one I do like is Lucinda Russell’s Newtown Lad. The 8yo has shown he’s a thorough stayer with his second at Newcastle last month & as long as he’s as effective going this way round, he’s never raced right-handed before, he could be the one to beat. Another who must be worth a mention is Lucy Wadham’s Shanroe Santos. This is the 9yo’s time of year & it was the Newmarket trainer’s first runner at the course when he was third here last October. He’s another who’ll be staying on up the hill & this looks an easier race than  he’s been competing in recently. Brian Ellison’s 7yo Point The Way should not be under-estimated either. Like the selection, he’s unexposed over fences & is currently 10lb below his hurdling mark.

February 18, 2018 by : Posted in Free Racing Tips 1 Comment
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  1. BAKO DE LA SAULAIE 4/1 2nd btn 13l -4.5pts
    Held up, steady headway to chase leaders 5th, went 2nd 4 out, not fluent next, ridden before 2 out, no chance with winner.

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