Wednesday's Carlisle racing tips: Makeen can chime in with Bell win

Planet Sport's experts have been running the rule over a hugely competitive card at Carlisle on Wednesday, June 22. Here are their selections.

Carlisle's traditional midsummer meeting features the Carlisle Bell Handicap, the oldest race to be staged at the track, dating back to 1599.

The race's name comes from the bells that were given to the winners of the race during the reign of Elizabeth I. They are claimed to be the oldest horse racing prizes in Britain.

We're confident we'll be chiming in with a winner of the race in 2022, so read on for that and a couple of other selections.

13:20 (Carlisle) - Cuban Rock

13:55 (Carlisle) - Reginald Charles

14:25 (Carlisle) - Poet's Dawn

14:55 (Carlisle) - Makeen

15:25 (Carlisle) - Shake A Leg

15:55 (Carlisle) - Clitheroe

16:30 (Carlisle) - Celestial Star

14:55 (Carlisle) - Makeen

The Carlisle Bell is never an easy conundrum for punters to solve but Makeen looks a good favourite for the 2022 renewal and is taken to score.

A progressive five-year-old, he comes into this class 4 contest with the best recent form, having won going away here over 7f last time out.

We know he already gets this trip, having won at Musselburgh over 1m, while he is versatile regarding ground conditions. The win in Scotland came on good to soft, while it was fast ground here last time, so he has several bases covered.

Trainer Julie Camacho looks to have found a good opportunity for him to continue his progress, having gone up 8lb for that latest success, taking him up to a career-high mark of 82.

However, the ease with which he won suggests that the extra weight won't anchor him and there are plenty in this race with more questions to answer.

15:55 (Carlisle) - Clitheroe

The British Stallion Studs EBF Eternal Stakes presents Clitheroe with a good opportunity to turn the tables on Snooze N You Lose.

The Karl Burke-trained Snooze N You Lose made all when the pair met recently at Musselburgh, recording a comfortable win.

Clitheroe, trained by David Simcock, was a real eyecatcher that day. Turning for home she was in last place and with the Middleham-trained runner able to kick on from the front end, the race was gone.

That didn't deter Clitheroe from running on strongly up the home straight, despite some traffic problems, and she was nearest at the finish.

The filly is owned by St Albans Bloodstock and will therefore be aiming for black type in this Listed contest and she may well be up to winning it. She was already thought good enough to be thrown in at Group 3 level on just her second juvenile start.

She also has a 3lb pull with her Musselburgh conqueror and that could be sufficient to nudge the scales in her favour.

13:20 (Carlisle) - Cuban Rock

The Scaleby Restricted Maiden Stakes could be a good opportunity for Cuban Rock to break his duck, on his first start for trainer Jim Goldie.

A field of 13 go to post for this 5f contest and the son of Havana Grey is the most interesting of the field.

Formerly trained by Gemma Tutty, he made significant improvement from his Catterick debut, when put into a Musselburgh seller last time.

He went close behind Explicit on that second start and that winner has since gone on to hack up in a valuable York seller, boosting the form.

Cuban Rock was claimed by Goldie for £15,000 after the Musselburgh run and he may gain some immediate recompense at Carlisle.

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