Racing: Wednesday’s preview

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Johnno ran an excellent race in defeat last time and can emerge on top in another competitive renewal of the Carlisle Bell at the Cumbrian venue.

David Nicholls’ charge probably did not find the tight turns at Chester to his advantage earlier this month but a sharp start saw him up with the lead throughout, despite being drawn wide in stall 16.

His early efforts perhaps cost him in the finish, though, as he could stay on at just the one pace, eventually being beaten two and a quarter lengths in third.

That was still a commendable performance, particularly as he was also shouldering a 4lb rise for the first time after previously scoring over a mile at Carlisle.

The handicapper has left him on a mark of 81 and he looks more than capable of winning off that.

Ventura Quest missed the cut for the main event but can strike gold in the Download The Free App At Carlisle Bell Consolation Race.

Third behind French Derby hero The Grey Gatsby on his juvenile debut last year, Ventura Quest has yet to repeat that kind of form, although he had claimed maiden and handicap glory by the end of 2013.

He has not managed to get his head in front so far this term and let down favourite-backers when sent off a 4-5 shot to do just that at Musselburgh last month.

Master Of Finance stole the march on him but if Ventura Quest reverts to his previously successful front-running tactics here, he could be one to watch.

Dark Ruler has yet to finish out of the places this year and can maintain his record in the totepool Cumberland Plate.

Alan Swinbank’s charge won at Doncaster in March and has since placed at both Thirsk and Epsom, where he finished third in the competitive Grand Metropolitan Handicap.

The winner was since thought worthy of a shot at the Coronation Cup and while connections of Dark Ruler do not harbour those kind of hopes, this looks eminently winnable.

Hot handicap action is the highlight at Salisbury where Kinshasa is the pick in the Ashbrittle Stud Bibury Cup.

He finally got off the mark at the third attempt at Kempton at the start of the month, building on the promise of his first two efforts to win by just over a length on the all-weather.