Monday 16 December 2019

Reggae Runner's winning groove

Hard hitter: Jackhammer
Hard hitter: Jackhammer

Reggae Runner can get back to winning ways, having had his sights lowered for the Watch Racing TV Now Handicap at Carlisle.

Mark Johnston's three-year-old was unraced last year, but got off the mark at the third time of asking at Lingfield in February.

Making his handicap debut from a mark of 82 in a decent little contest at Musselburgh in April, he was caught in the final strides by Coolagh Forest.

That winner has subsequently defied a 4lb rise to win by six lengths and is now 16lb higher than when beating Reggae Runner.

That suggests Johnston's lightly raced colt faced a very stiff task, while it is easy to forgive his next start because it came just six days after Musselburgh.

Last time out, he failed to figure in the Silver Bowl at Haydock. But that was a stiff ask, and the form looks hot - with Awe coming out and winning at the weekend. In a smaller field, Reggae Runner may revert to trying to dominate.

Jackhammer has been raised 7lb for winning in great style at the Cumbrian track on his latest visit, but still looks to hold strong claims in the second division of the Racing TV Handicap.

Dianne Sayer's five-year-old appreciated the heavy ground that day, and there is likely to be a decent cut in it again.

CARLISLE: 5.30 Classy Moon, 6.00 Regal Lily, 6.30 Spirit Of Sarwan, 7.00 Jackhammer, 7.30 REGGAE RUNNER (NAP), 8.00 Rodney After Dave, 8.30 Regal Banner, 9.00 Wishing Well.

LINGFIELD: 2.00 N Over J, 2.30 Upavon, 3.00 Love Love, 3.30 Train To Georgia, 4.00 Ashazuri, 4.30 Agent Basterfield, 5.00 Age Of Wisdom.

ROSCOMMON: 5.40 Razoul, 6.10 Barna Venture, 6.40 Cosmo's Moon, 7.10 Hero's Welcome, 7.40 Farclas, 8.10 Beyond The Law, 8.40 Stops A Nation.

SALISBURY: 1.45 Souter Johnnie, 2.15 Top Buck, 2.45 Tapisserie, 3.15 Sonnetina, 3.45 Bella Vita, 4.15 Moghram, 4.45 Brancaster, 5.15 Little Palaver.

THIRSK: 5.20 Castlehill Retreat, 5.50 Clay Regazzoni. 6.20 Fake News, 6.50 Maroon Bells, 7.20 Mr Orange, 7.50 International Guy, 8.20 Reassurance, 8.50 Dancing Rave.

DOUBLE: Reggae Runner and Jackhammer.

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