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Carlisle and Windsor previews: Freight Train can get back on track

| 23.05.2016

David Metcalf | May 23, 2016

All aboard the Freight Train at Carlisle

Freight Train can capitalise on a drop in class and ease in the weights to get back to winning ways in the extended 7f handicap that opens proceedings on this evening’s card at Carlisle (18:35).

The Mark Johnston trained gelding is a dual winner, with the last of those successes coming in class 4 contest at Redcar in October when making all to score by 3/4 of a length off a mark of 72.

Freight Train got put up to 76 for that victory and failed to cut any ice in his next four starts.

However, there was much more to like about the four-year-old’s latest effort over 1m 2f at Beverley where he attempted to make all before weakening late on to finish a 3 1/4 length fourth of 10 to Play Nicely.

That was a huge step back in the right direction, and having since been dropped another 2lb Freight Train is now back down to his last winning mark.

The son of Manduro also now drops down into class 5 company for the first time since going handicapping, and there is every chance that he could get an uncontested lead.

If that proves to be the case, then Freight Train is going to be a tough nut to crack, and the drop back in trip will hold no fears given his run-style.

She’s Electric can power to glory


She’s Electric has a progressive profile and looks the answer to the extended 6f handicap (20:35).

The Keith Dalgleish trained filly showed improved form when overcoming rouble in-running to get off the mark over 6f at Ayr on her final start of 2015, and looked ahead of the assessor when finishing a fine head second in a 1m contest at this venue three days ago.

She’s Electric showed plenty of early dash to track the leaders in the latter, and after being ridden to take up the running inside the last looked all over the winner until getting chinned close home.

It’s no surprise to see connections turn her out quickly off an unchanged mark of 66, as the daughter of Roderic O’Connor looks sure to go up a few pounds for that effort.

The drop back in trip also looks a plus so, with the stable in decent nick and the prospect of further improvement to come, this looks a nice opportunity for She’s Electric to notch a second career success.

Carlisle selections

18.35: Freight Train (NAP)
19.05: Medici Banchiere
19.35: Manatee Bay
20.05: Bargain Buy
20.35: She’s Electric (NB)
21.05: Wilde Extravagance

The Tin Man has cast iron claims at Windsor


The Tin Man has the potential to make up into a top class sprinter this year, and looks to hold outstanding claims of making a winning return to action in the Listed 6f feature contest on this evening’s card at Windsor (19:15).

Trained by James Fanshawe, the gelding only made his racecourse debut 12 months ago and showed rapid improvement to win three of his six starts.

In the last of those, The Tin Man turned a competitive 13-runner class 2 handicap at Ascot into a procession.

After being held-up in midfield, the four-year-old made smooth headway to challenge on the bit a furlong from home before quickening away to score easing down by 4 1/2 lengths.

It was an ultra-impressive display, and The Tin Man went on to round off the campaign with a cracking 3 3/4 length fourth of 20 to Muhaarar in the Group 1 Champions Sprint at Ascot.

That form reads very well in the context of this contest, and The Tin Man can take this en route to a crack at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Impediment has plenty going for him

In the 1m handicap (18:45), Impediment looks value to open his account following a promising reappearance run.

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The Sir Michael Stoute trained gelding hinted at ability in three quick maiden runs at the back end of last season, and looked the type that would come into his own when tackling handicaps as a three-year-old.

Although only eighth of 10 to Sark on his debut in that sphere in a class 4 affair over 1m 2f at Doncaster last month, Impediment shaped better than the bare result suggests.

The son of Pivotal showed plenty of pace to lead until being headed two from home and weakening to be beaten nine lengths.

Impediment was not knocked about once it was clear he would not be winning, and the second, third and fourth home have all come out and won since to give the form a strong look.

Judged on that effort the drop back in trip will suit, and Impediment is now able to race off 2lb lower in this less competitive class 5 affair.

A mark of 66 looks very exploitable, and if the fitting of the visor for the first time has the desired effect Impediment looks weighted to run a huge race for a yard in fine form.

Windsor selections

17.45: Tropical Rock
18.15: Foresight
18.45: Impediment (NB)
19.15: The Tin Man (NAP)
19.45: Francisco
20.15: Rockspirit
20.45: Baadi


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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.