Horse Racing: Could it be Magic at Carlisle?

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Magic Destiny can make a rousing return to the track in the Carlisle Bell at the Cumbria circuit.

The Elaine Burke-trained filly is a most likeable individual, having won three races with a degree of polish last year, and should be fully wound-up on her first start since last October.

Her protracted absence might not be too big a deal as she has won before after a lengthy break - at Haydock last April - and looks precisely the right type to be an even smarter thoroughbred as a four-year-old.

Although the perceived wisdom is that Magic Destiny is at her best when there is plenty of cut in the ground, she was hardly disgraced on her sole try on a fast surface, when a close second on her debut two years ago.

The daughter of Dubai Destination has also archived decent form at Carlisle, which is a difficult track to master, when second over seven furlongs last June.

Magic Destiny has only just crept into the main event on the card - she was also entered in the consolation race - yet is just 2lb higher than when she was last victorious at Doncaster 11 months ago.

A shout-out must also go to the game Ashpan Sam, who runs in the totepool Mobile Handicap.

John Spearing’s four-year-old is far from being the best handicapped horse in the land, but he nearly always runs a good race and can be relied upon to go well.

The gelded son of Firebreak galloped strongly towards the line at Leicester last time but realistically had little chance of defeating Dorback, who has since won again.

Ashpan Sam is particularly flexible when it comes to variants of ground and would be a deserving winner for his wily connections.

Catchanova looks a worthy wager in the Irish Night 10.07.13 Apprentice Handicap at Kempton. Eve Johnson Houghton’s six-year-old has won three times over course and distance.