Heavy going at Carlisle

Racing got underway at Carlisle today despite heavy rain throughout the morning and the going changing to an official description of soft, heavy in places.

Racing got underway at Carlisle today despite heavy rain throughout the morning and the going changing to an official description of soft, heavy in places.

The fourth hurdle in the opening race was omitted and no wonder as there was a rather large waterlogged patch of ground just before it.

However, Going Wrong (11-1) relished the conditions and made all the running under Graham Lee to win the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Novices' Hurdle in the gamest fashion.

Pulling out more from the last flight, he saw off what had looked a very threatening challenge from Wymott by two lengths.

Winning trainer Ferdy Murphy said: "He is a very nice horse, his dam is a half-sister to Dublin Flyer and he is a proper National Hunt horse.

"He was a bit immature last year but when Keith Mercer rode him at Huntingdon last season he said that he would be a nice horse in another year.

"He is a chaser so we won't rush him and just give him four or five runs (over hurdles) to educate him."

The jockeys described the ground as heavy, but as it was wet the horses "were getting through it".

Cinaman (12-1) looks a bit of a character but he got a flying start to the Lloyd Land Rover Amateur Riders' Novices Handicap Hurdle in the hands of Harry Challoner and made every yard of the running.

The Roger Fisher-trained gelding kept up the gallop well in the closing stages and at the line he had one and a quarter lengths to spare over Rosenheath.

Cinaman was a bit edgy and being led around at the start when he suddenly took off, and with the starter releasing the tape he pinched about eight lengths on his rivals.

Challoner, 20, who is now with Venetia Williams, was gaining his seventh success under Rules and said: "That was not the plan (to go off and make the running), I was not given any orders.

"He just zipped off with me and if I had tried to stop him he would have whipped round with me.

"He has a lot of ability and enjoyed himself getting his head in front, he had never run like that before."

Knockara Beau (5-2) made it two out of two over fences with an impressive success under Jan Faltejsek in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase.

He took up the running at halfway in the two-and-a-half-mile test and when the long-time leader and odds-on favourite Killyglen joined him again with three to jump, he kept up a gallop without his rider having to get very serious and he went away again to win by seven lengths.

Trainer George Charlton said: "He is the best I have had though I haven't had a licence very long - but he could be as good as any of the good horses my father (Alistair) has had, like Ida's Delight.

"I am not sure how ready the other horses were and the rain coming helped him as the ground slowed the others and gave him a chance to get jumping.

"He is learning, he was brilliant and I think the plans for him might be big now and he could get to Cheltenham next March."

Conditional jockey Paddy Merrigan's gained the first success of his latest comeback in a troubled career when the Alex Hales-trained Dinarius (10-1) won the Happy Birthday Geoffrey And Graham McLean Handicap Hurdle.

Merrigan showed he had lost none of his undoubted talent as he rousted Dinarius to get the better of Quatro Pierji on the run-in and go on to score by two and a lengths.

He had been out of racing for 18 months and as he returned mud-splattered to the weighing-room, could not contain his excitement at being back in the game as he said: "I am like a volcano waiting to explode!

"This is what it is all about, I have been over in Ireland show-jumping and although it is Carlisle, this win is like winning the Gold Cup.

"I am back and want to get to the very top."

Silver By Nature put up a fine staying performance to win the Molson Coors Cumberland Handicap Chase under Peter Buchanan.

The 9-1 chance headed Jass at the bottom of the hill with three to jump and ploughing through the mud, gradually drew away and still had nine lengths to spare over Back To Bid - despite being eased down in the closing stages.

Winning trainer Lucinda Russell now plans to raise her sights with her gallant grey.

She said: "He is one of the nicest horses we have and we were going to put him in the Hennessy but decided not to after his run at Bangor-On-Dee. Perhaps we have done the wrong thing.

"We will find something else for him, perhaps the Welsh National, but I would like to win the Scottish National for his owner Geoff Brown, he is chairman of St Johnstone football club and Dalkey Sound finished second for him in the Ayr race a few years ago."

Back in 1992, Dalkey Sound was trained by Mary Reveley and he was runner-up to Captain Dibble who co-incidentally was ridden by Russell's partner, Peter Scudamore.

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