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Emma Soda primed to pop up at Carlisle

EMMA SODA can make the best of her way home in the Kath Delaney Retirement Handicap Chase at Carlisle.

The Paul Davies-trained mare does not have many miles on the clock for a nine-year-old and two visits to the Cumbrian track have reaped a win and a second.

That win came on her last start back in March, and saw a much-improved performance from a previous pulled up effort at Southwell as she stayed on strongly to see off Basford Ben by three lengths.


Her record suggests she is not the most consistent, but the first-time blinkers that were applied in the spring stay on and testing ground holds no fears, as she appears to stay all day.

She is a fair bit worse off at the weights with Basford Ben but he was pulled up himself at Chepstow last month and has questions to answer.

Grand National hero Pineau De Re will likely draw in the crowds as he has a spin over timber in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle, but he should not be expected to be play a leading role in the finish.The same cannot be said, however, of ONE FOR HARRY, who appears to hold outstanding claims for Nicky Richards and Brian Harding.

The six-year-old was hugely impressive at the track in early November, routing the field by nine lengths over two and a half miles to earn a 12lb hike in the weights.

He was not done with when crashing out four flights from home in the fiercely competitive Fixed Brush Hurdle at Haydock and provided that has not knocked his confidence, he should prove hard to beat for his local team.

HALLMARK STAR looks a reasonable proposition in the 2015 Annual Membership Badge Available Now Handicap Chase.

Surprisingly, the Lucinda Russell-trained five-year-old is still a maiden, but does appear to have ability and is going the right way over fences judged on his latest start at Hexham.

Another for whom testing terrain and a stamina test holds no fears, there does look to be a race in him off his current mark.


Those wanting a banker for Southwell will have VERIPEK firmly pencilled in for the Shaun Wheatcroft's 25th Birthday Maiden Hurdle.

He was turned over on his debut Rebecca Curtis at Ffos Las, which does sound a cautionary note for racegoers tempted to get heavily involved, but clearly has ability and the ground will be more in his favour.

The assistance of Tony McCoy will most certainly not go amiss, either.

McCoy and Curtis are always a partnership to be respected and it would be no surprise to see GLENWOOD STAR bounce back from a disappointing debut effort over obstacles to give a much better account in the 32Red Novices' Hurdle.

WEEKEND selections


CHELTENHAM: 12.15 Stars Over The Sea, 12.50 Un Ace, 1.25 Bold Henry, 2.00 CAID DU BERLAIS (NAP), 2.35 Blaklion, 3.10 The New One, 3.45 Rock On Ruby.

DONCASTER: 11.55 Hi George, 12.30 Zeroeshadesofgrey, 1.05 First Mohican, 1.40 Grandads Horse, 2.15 Starchitect, 2.50 Virak, 3.25 Serenity Now.

LINGFIELD: 11.45 Albert D'Olivate, 12.20 Beforeall, 12.55 Cappielow Park, 1.30 West End Rocker, 2.05 Lightentertainment, 2.40 Toby Lerone, 3.15 Native Display.

SOUTHWELL: 12.05 Imaginary Diva, 12.40 Enzaal, 1.15 Frontier Fighter, 1.50 Dutiful Son, 2.25 Pat's Legacy, 3.00 New Tarabela, 3.35 Tableforten.

TRAMORE: 12.10 Valyssa Monterg, 12.45 Duty Dance, 1.20 Speed Dream, 1.55 Indian Fairy, 2.30 Company Coming, 3.05 Mallards In Flight, 3.40 Altiepix.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Secret Glance, 6.15 Trojan Rocket, 6.45 Insolenceofoffice, 7.15 Black Dave, 7.45 Solar Deity, 8.15 Cascadia, 8.45 Harris Tweed, 9.15 Sir Billy Wright.

DOUBLE: Caid Du Berlais and Toby Lerone.


CARLISLE: 12.15 Ebony Express, 12.45 Big Water, 1.20 Lewis, 1.55 EMMA SODA (NAP), 2.25 One For Harry, 2.55 Hallmark Star, 3.25 Mardale.

NAVAN: 11.55 Grecian Tiger, 12.25 Blackwater Bridge, 12.55 Shaneshill, 1.30 Inis Meain, 2.05 Champagne James, 2.35 Fever Pitch, 3.05 Sizing Coal, 3.35 Rock On The Moor.

SOUTHWELL: 12.05 Tafika, 12.35 Lord Lir, 1.10 Veripek, 1.45 Glenwood Star, 2.15 Faerie Reel, 2.45 Eastern Witness, 3.15 Fire Tower.

DOUBLE: Emma Soda and One For Harry.