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Monday 18 December 2017

Lightly raced Barwick can strike Bell for Tompkins

Carlisle enjoy their biggest day of the year tomorrow and it is Barwick who can claim the plaudits in the feature Lloyd Motor Group Carlisle Bell.

The extended seven-furlong heat is always keenly contested and in the lightly raced Barwick, trainer Mark Tompkins has a horse bang in form.

Barwick began 2012 without a win in six starts but he has wasted little time since opening his account in a Yarmouth handicap in April.

The four-year-old came unstuck when second at Sandown next time up but the heavy ground that day possibly just took its toll as he stayed on without offering any extra.

A return to Yarmouth saw Barwick regain the winning thread earlier this month.

The handicapper has raised him 6lb since, but Barwick has plenty more to give. Tompkins is no mug when it comes to placing his horses to best advantage.

Eltheeb should be given another chance in the totepool.com Cumberland Plate after finishing lame when disappointing in the Zetland Gold Cup.

David O'Meara's charge was not without his supporters at Redcar, but was always in the rear that day and something was evidently amiss.

Previously he had run a fine second at York, just going down by a head in a photo-finish after making his challenge widest of all the runners.

Things have not quite worked out for the five-year-old in three starts this term and with Eltheeb being left on a mark of 83, he is worth a shout.

Icelander can take top billing in the Lloyd Ltd Carlisle Bell Consolation Race, despite flopping on his handicap bow at Newbury last time.

Mark Johnston pitched him in at the deep end in the London Gold Cup -- a race which featured Royal Ascot winner Thomas Chippendale -- but this could be more his level.

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