James Moffatt targets Usain Bolt-style Triple Triple at Cartmel
CONTENDER: Sam Twiston Davies
After winning the last two runnings of the featured Totepool Cartmel Cup, the trainer is hoping to complete the hat-trick with one of his three runners in the £10,000 hurdle.
He said: “I never expected to win it twice, so it would be fantastic to win it for a third time. While I do have three runners, they are all there on merit and all have chances.”
The trainer, whose yard is on the opposite side of Cartmel and whose gallops can be seen from the course, has snapped up top riding talent for his three runners.
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Sam Twiston Davies, who is in hot pursuit of Richard Johnson in the jockeys’ title race, rides last year’s winner Captain Brown, a horse he partnered once before when a close third in a similar race at Ayr’s Scottish National meeting.
Brian Hughes is on 2014 winner Smart Ruler and Tony Kelly will get the leg-up on Fantasy King.
Moffatt added: “Sam rode a great race on Captain Brown at Ayr and will know the horse a bit better this time.
“Brian knows how to get the best out of Smart Ruler while Tony is on Fantasy King, who he rode to win at the last meeting.
“I really can’t decide between the three of them but I hope that one of them will win it for the yard.
“If I had to pick one, it would probably be Fantasy King, who gets in on a low weight as he is rated only 107 over hurdles but has a handicap mark of 123 over fences.”
Feature races on Monday’s Bank Holiday meeting at the Cumbrian track are the Coral Cavendish Cup Handicap Chase and the Coral Handicap Hurdle, which could fall to two old Cartmel favourites.
The 10-year-old Alderbrook Lad, who has won twice and been second twice on seven visits, could land the Cavendish Cup while Goldan Jess, who has won three of his seven races at the track, can beat Emma Lavelle raider Mr Mountain in the handicap hurdle.
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