16:25 Carlisle 12 Jul 2018

Smarkets.com Handicap (Class 4) (3YO plus)

Winner £7,116 - 8 run - Draw Advantage: High

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1 (7)
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Royal blue, maroon stars (James Edgar & William Donaldson)

Royal Brave (IRE)  8 

b g Acclamation - Daqtora (Dr Devious)

7 9-12
84 1
7 9-12
84 1

Latest win at Musselburgh in May. Third of 5 in handicap (5/2) at Thirsk (5f, good to firm) 8 days ago. Should give it his best shot again but an end-to-end gallop will suit ideally.

Latest win at Musselburgh in May. Third of 5 in handicap (5/2) at Thirsk (5f, good to firm) 8 days ago. Should give it his best shot again but an end-to-end gallop will suit ideally.

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Royal Brave Score: 371

2 (6)
080-008
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Grey, red star on body and cap, red sleeves, grey armlets (Mr Ambrose Turnbull)

Bossipop 63 

ch g Assertive - Opopmil (Pips Pride)

5 9-8 b
80
5 9-8 b
80

14/1, eighth of 11 in handicap at Chester (5.1f, good) 63 days ago. Dropped to a handy mark if able to build on that effort here.

14/1, eighth of 11 in handicap at Chester (5.1f, good) 63 days ago. Dropped to a handy mark if able to build on that effort here.

Bossipop Score: 299

3 (4)
89-4521
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White, black chevrons, red sleeves, beige cap (The Marina Partnership)

War Whisper (IRE)  31 

b g Royal Applause - Featherweight (Fantastic Light)

5 9-6
78
5 9-6
78

Won 9-runner handicap (9/2) at Pontefract (5f, good) 31 days ago by ½ length from Dapper Man. Heading back in the right direction recently and he's respected once more.

Won 9-runner handicap (9/2) at Pontefract (5f, good) 31 days ago by ½ length from Dapper Man. Heading back in the right direction recently and he's respected once more.

War Whisper Score: 475

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4 (3)
411211
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White, dark blue spots on sleeves, white cap, dark blue star (Colne Valley Racing & Partner)

Dapper Man (IRE)  7 

b g Dandy Man - Gist (Namid)

4 9-6 b
78 8
4 9-6 b
78 8

5 wins from 13 runs this year. 6/4, career best when winning 6-runner handicap at Haydock (5f, good to firm) 7 days ago, impressively. The one to beat.

5 wins from 13 runs this year. 6/4, career best when winning 6-runner handicap at Haydock (5f, good to firm) 7 days ago, impressively. The one to beat.

Dapper Man Score: 541

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5 (1)
285833
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Emerald green, white hoops, white sleeves, emerald green diamonds, white cap, emerald green diamond (Gallop Racing)

Billy Dylan (IRE)  14 

b g Excelebration - It's True (Kheleyf)

3 9-6
83
3 9-6
83

Third of 5 in handicap (9/4) at Hamilton (5f, good to firm) 14 days ago.

Third of 5 in handicap (9/4) at Hamilton (5f, good to firm) 14 days ago.

Billy Dylan Score: 387

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6 (8)
2-11730
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Black, orange star (Mr Craig Buckingham)

Magic Pulse (IRE)  38 

b f Dragon Pulse - Invincible Magic (Invincible Spirit)

3 8-11
74 WS
3 8-11
74 WS

2 wins from 5 runs this year. Latest win at Southwell in February. 14/1, last of 11 in handicap at Windsor (5.1f, good) 38 days ago. Others more persuasive.

2 wins from 5 runs this year. Latest win at Southwell in February. 14/1, last of 11 in handicap at Windsor (5.1f, good) 38 days ago. Others more persuasive.

Magic Pulse Score: 341

7 (2)
0-16544
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Purple, white epaulets and sleeves, quartered cap (Mrs Andrea Mallinson)

Pea Shooter 12 

b g Piccolo - Sparkling Eyes (Lujain)

9 8-9 t
67
9 8-9 t
67

Latest win at Newcastle in March. 20/1, respectable fourth of 10 in handicap at Chester (5.1f, good to firm) 12 days ago.

Latest win at Newcastle in March. 20/1, respectable fourth of 10 in handicap at Chester (5.1f, good to firm) 12 days ago.

Pea Shooter Score: 403

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8 (5)
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Mauve, black chevrons on sleeves, black cap (Owners Group 005)

Spirit Of Wedza (IRE)  12 

b g Footstepsinthesand - Sampers (Exceed and Excel)

6 8-7
65
6 8-7
65

Course winner. Latest win at Catterick in May. 5/1, creditable fourth of 11 in handicap at Doncaster (6f, firm) 12 days ago, having run of race.

Course winner. Latest win at Catterick in May. 5/1, creditable fourth of 11 in handicap at Doncaster (6f, firm) 12 days ago, having run of race.

Spirit Of Wedza Score: 354

Verdict

DAPPER MAN has won four of his last five and Roger Fell's four-year-old looks hard to oppose once again competing from just 2lb higher in the handicap than when routing the opposition at Haydock which leaves him 8lb well in here. War Whisper got the better of the selection at Pontefract thanks to a good ride from Joe Fanning and the jockey will have to be at his very best to avoid the form being reversed here, while Royal Brave is a solid performer entitled to make the podium once again from the same mark as his Thirsk third.

Verdict

DAPPER MAN continues to go from strength to strength, posting another career-best effort when bolting up at Haydock last week. He looks sure to make another bold bid in pursuit of the hat-trick. War Whisper is resurgent for Paul Midgley and feared most, ahead of Billy Dylan.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2017 Good to Firm 6 El Hombre 6 3 9 9 87 321132 19 days K Dalgleish (85 miles) R Scott 6/4 0:59.81
2016 Good to Soft 8 Confessional 7 9 9 10 84 689194 12 days T Easterby (125 miles) J Garritty 7/2 1:01.66
2015 Good 5 Patrick 3 3 9 3 79 134314 14 days R Fahey (125 miles) J Garritty 15/8 1:02.09