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Sunday 22 September 2019

After Beverly I'm cruising Carlisle

Death of John McCririck end of era as he did so much for racing

John McCririck
John McCririck

Looking ahead to my rides today and I've picked out three which could be worth following.

I kick off at Beverley, with BEZZAS LAD (2.35, Beverly) in the D&P Pallet Distribution EBF Maiden Stakes. His form for trainer Philip Makin is working out well.

He was only a short-head second to Strive For Glory on his penultimate run and that horse was in the winner's enclosure again, in a Listed race at Tipperary, on Thursday.

He was then third over course and distance and holds an obvious chance. Hopefully I can win on what will be my first ride for Philip.

WAR WHISPER (3.10, Beverley) ran well at York last weekend and makes a quick reappearance in the D&P Warehousing Handicap.

He was only beaten three lengths the last day and the stiff, uphill finish over the minimum trip will really suit.

I'm then off to Carlisle, where CRUISING (5.30, Carlisle) looks my best ride of the day in the Gateway Gallop Novice Median Auction Stakes.

I've ridden him on both his starts and he was only beaten a neck over six furlongs at Redcar last time. This stiff five furlongs will be right up his street.

Finally, John McCririck's death is such sad news. I remember avidly watching him as a kid, particularly on The Morning Line on Channel 4 on Saturdays.

He got people talking and interested in the sport and he did more than most to trumpet the sports he loved so much. It signals the end of an era and my sympathies are with his wife, family and friends. He will be missed.

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Paul's tips

Beverley

2.35 Bezzas Lad

3.05 War Whisper

Carlisle

5.30 Cruising

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