A disappointing run from Illysantachristina yesterday. She was only able to finish 4th. There was no pace in the race and it turned into a bit of a sprint from the home turn and she was unable to quick and hung very badly after the last, so maybe she needs a break. Two meetings today at Carlisle and Ludlow and Carlisle is an excellent card with many Southern trainers making the long journey north in search of the better ground and I have one selection.
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Carlisle 5.00 1PT WIN Aikman@15/8 with Bet365 - Lost 3rd (5/4F)
Aikman was a winning selection of an intermediate hurdle for the blog a couple of weeks ago and today makes his eagerly awaited chasing debut. From what I have read the stable seem fairly confident that the drop back in distance to two miles on this stiff track will not be an issue and it is expected that his fitness will have improved from his last run where he was only 80% fit. The main dangers are Frascati Park and Bold Sir Brian, but horses from both stables are appearing to need their first runs of the season.