IRONCLAD (4.15) brings a good level of form into the 1m 4f handicap at Kempton and is poised to complete his hat-trick. Hugo Palmer's gelding was touched off by Durrell at Chelmsford City in June but took his revenge in a re-match at Newmarket 16 days ago. Ironclad is up another 5lb but is very much an improving three-year-old.
COCKALORUM (4.00) makes plenty of appeal at Ripon. He beat Billy Roberts over course and distance 16 days ago and his neck defeat at the hands of Nicholas T at Ayr was a very solid effort. Roger Fell's four-year-old competes off the same mark and gets the vote over Southern Rock.
Lady riders have the evening card at Carlisle all to themselves and course specialist Redarna has been in rampant form. At bigger odds VIVE LA DIFFERENCE (7.45) will be carrying my each-way cash. Tim Easterby's gelding was never in the hunt from a very wide draw at Ayr but made steady late headway into sixth behind Strong Steps. He is steadily coming to the boil and goes well on soft, so any further rain would bolster confidence.
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