Carlisle Expert Eye: Three horses to back on Sunday October 31

Carlisle stages a cracking jumps card on Sunday and we've flagged up three horses as potential bets.

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Le Cheval Noir each-way (12.50 Carlisle)

Grizzly James (2.35 Carlisle)

Hold That Taught (3.10 Carlisle)

12.50 Carlisle - Le Cheval Noir

This 2m4f novices' handicap chase looks an absolute belter with several highly promising types in the line-up, and it should prove a rich source of winners over the coming months.

As for the winner, it's tempting to side with Glenduff as he represents the bang-in-form Nicky Richards, whose late father is commemorated in the race title.

However, the seven-year-old has yet to live up to the promise he showed when winning a novice hurdle here in November 2019, and his subsequent losing run is littered with unconvincing finishes.

He could improve for another year on his back and he's potentially well treated on a mark of 122, but Rose Dobbin's Le Cheval Noir makes more appeal at an each-way price.

He too has a course win to his name, that coming first time up last season on heavy ground and while he only managed one further success from six subsequent outings, he looks the type to improve considerably for tackling fences.

If that's the case, he can certainly win this off a mark of 127 and we can also take plenty of encouragement from the excellent form of his stable - runners in the last fortnight have achieved form figures of 22011152.

The recent rain is another plus and he'll have the services of Conor O'Farrell, who is 2-5 on the stable runners this current season and has a healthy 19% strike rate overall.

Donald McCain's Dreams Of Home makes most appeal of those at the head of the market.

2.35 Carlisle - Grizzly James

The remaining picks both reside at the Herefordshire base of Venetia Williams, who does well with her runners at the track, boasting a 21% (7-34) strike rate over the last five seasons.

Her Grizzly James, who is making his British debut in this modest 2m4f handicap hurdle, is very much an unknown quantity as he has had just three runs over hurdles in France, winning the last of those by eight lengths with 15 rivals well strung out behind.

While it's hard to evaluate that form, he's likely going to prove a good deal better than his opening mark of 123 over time, and Williams has opted to run him here instead of taking up a couple of possible engagements at Plumpton on Monday.

Some market support would increase confidence further.

He might have most to fear from Bass Rock, a winner on his final outing last season following a string of placed efforts, and who runs in the colours (green with yellow sash) of Raymond Anderson Green, who has plenty of winners here.

3.10 Carlisle - Hold That Taught

Williams' second runner, Hold That Taught, has quite possibly been primed for this valuable 3m2f handicap chase, just the sort of race the stable excels in when the mud is flying.

The six-year-old placed on all four of his chase starts last season, looking a thorough stayer in the process, and it surely won't be long before this winning pointer doubles his tally under Rules.

His sole success so far came over hurdles on heavy ground, so we've no concerns over him handling the likely testing conditions, and that the stable sent out a 6/1 winner at Ffos Las on Thursday only increases confidence further.

Charlie Deutsch is on board both the Williams runners and let's hope he can boot home a double on the card!

Of his eight rivals, Christmas In April, a winner on good ground when last seen out in May but who handles heavy, may give him most to do.

The feature race on the card, the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase over 2m4f (2.00), has attracted a field of six, headed by Kim Bailey's 160-rated Espoir De Romay.

The seven-year-old has been put in as favourite and that's understandable as he's best in at these weights, but the stable runners tend to need their first run back and it looks a race to watch and savour rather than bet on.

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