Dauphine can land seasonal Pipe opener

Steve Hughes previews an excellent card at Carlisle

Plenty of good horses on show at Carlisle today, where there has been enough rain to tempt out some of the better winter horses. I have selections from the two best handicaps on the card.

Carlisle 2.40: Dauphine Ereine

Totally unexposed after just four runs in Britain over fences, Dauphine Ereine can make a winning reappearance at Carlisle this afternoon.

Although she has yet to win since joining David Pipe, she has been in the first four each time and won all three chases in France as a youngster. She picked up an injury after his first run in Britain and only reappeared nearly two years later at the back end of last season.

She did well each time, seeing out 3m well and seems to appreciate decent going – ground just on the soft side today will be fine. She has had a wind op since last being seen at Ffos Las at the end of May and you would have thought connections would not be sending her all the way up north if she was not near peak fitness.

Carlisle 3.10: Petticoat Tails

The presence of the high class Ch’tibello means some quality horses have very little weight to carry this afternoon and Petticoat Tails can take advantage of having just 10-3 on her back.

She was a high quality mare in bumpers, winning her first two before placing in the big mares only races at Sandown and Aintree. Her novice season over hurdles was very solid, if unspectacular.

Again she won twice in small novice races, but here ability is best gauged by her fifth places, again in two of the bigger mares handicaps around at Newbury and Cheltenham in the spring. She got outpaced turning for home, before staying on in both and definitely gives the impression she will be suited by a stiff track – which she gets today.

Recommended bets:

0.75pts each-way – Dauphine Ereine – 2.40 Carlisle – 8/1 Ladbrokes, Coral

1pt win – Petticoat Tails – 3.10 Carlisle – 3/1 general

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