Trainer Richard Hannon sends four to Carlisle on Wednesday afternoon
Wiltshire trainer Richard Hannon has only previously sent six horses on the 600-mile round trip to Carlisle but sends a quartet up to the Cumbrian venue on Wednesday afternoon. Our expert editor has taken a closer look at each of the four runners and provided their analysis below.
Armour Propre – 13:20 (Scaleby Restricted Maiden Stakes)
The yard will be confident of getting off to the ideal start in Carlisle’s opener with ARMOUR PROPRE, who showed plenty of promise on her debut at Salisbury earlier this month.
Breaking smartly on that occasion, the daughter of Profitable quickly found herself in front in the six-furlong contest. Travelling strongly throughout, she ultimately faded on the run to the line but certainly caught the eye when crossing the line in fourth place.
Reverting back to five furlongs on a stiff track on Wednesday afternoon, Armour Propre will be expected to take a significant step forward following her encouraging performance at Salisbury and she already holds preliminary entries in some notable sprint races towards the end of the season.
Dewey Road – 14:25 (Carlisle Bell Consolation Race Handicap)
Whilst he has been admirably consistent in his recent starts, DEWEY ROAD has failed to get his head in front since October 2020. Although that stat is rather off-putting, connections will be expecting the four-year-old to return to winning form as he lines up off a career-low mark of 61 on Wednesday.
Fifth on his penultimate start at Chepstow over the mile trip, he split a pair of subsequent winners that day in the form of Dundory and Sir Plato and was far from disgraced when finishing fifth. Returning to the all-weather for the tenth time in his career last time out at Chelmsford, he failed to quicken up at a crucial time and ultimately faded on the run the line to finish third.
Although he will have to improve significantly in order to play a part in the finish on Wednesday afternoon, it’s worth noting that connections have booked Pat Dobbs to take over in the saddle for just the second time and was interestingly on board for Dewey Road’s last and only career victory.
River Pride – 15:55 (British Stallion Studs EBF Eternal Stakes)
It will be interesting to see if RIVER PRIDE can bounce back to form after putting in a disappointing effort at Goodwood when last seen.
Prior to that blip, the three-year-old filly had started this season in terrific form for trainer Richard Hannon. A comfortable winner on her seasonal return at Salisbury, she then went on to run a huge race on her first start in Class 2 company at Newmarket, finishing a length and a half behind Clive Cox’s progressive sprinter Harry Three.
Although she ultimately failed to back that promising Newmarket performance up at Goodwood when last seen, River Pride is clearly a very capable filly on her day and whilst the step up into Listed company demands more of her, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the daughter of Oasis Dream return to form at Carlisle.
Kodias Sangarius – 16:30 (Longtown Fillies’ Handicap)
The yard appears to have leading claims in landing Carlisle’s concluding contest with KODIAS SANGARIUS, who definitely hinted at a return to form last time out over six furlongs and should have little trouble coping with the extra furlong.
After shaping badly in need of the run following a four-month break at Goodwood earlier this month, the three-year-old filly quickly got back on track just ten days later with a smart effort at Windsor. Travelling strongly in the hands of jockey Sean Levey over the six-furlong trip, Kodias Sangarius stayed on powerfully inside the closing stages to finish a head behind Archie Watson’s progressive winner Twelfth Knight.
Bred to appreciate the step up in trip, Kodias Sangarius should take plenty of beating off the same mark and appears to have plenty of things in her favour on Wednesday afternoon.