Bleu is the colour

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: November 12 2012, 13:06 GMT

Anita Chambers fancies Cappa Bleu to take all the beating when he returns to action at Carlisle on Monday.

Cappa Bleu: Set for a triumphant return to action

CARLISLE: 12.50 Overafrica, 1.20 Powerful Ambition, 1.55 Papa Caruso, 2.25 CAPPA BLEU (NAP), 2.55 Definite Dream, 3.30 Jet Master, 4.00 Cloud Creeper.

LIMERICK: 1.00 Prince Chaparral, 1.30 Francis Street, 2.05 Big Jemmy, 2.35 Sir Harry Cash, 3.10 Happy New Year, 3.40 Yeoman.

SOUTHWELL: 12.40 Tatispout, 1.10 Kilvergan Boy, 1.45 Makari, 2.15 The Fonz, 2.45 Set In Her Ways, 3.20 Liberate, 3.50 Imperial Leader.

DOUBLE: Cappa Bleu and The Fonz.

Cappa Bleu was last sighted when claiming an excellent fourth in the Grand

National back in April and he can make a triumphant return to action at Carlisle.

The 10-year-old looked a horse of real potential when storming home in the 2009 Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham but has since proved a touch disappointing, albeit facing top assignments.

A return to hurdles in 2010 did not yield success but it certainly seemed to sharpen up Cappa Bleu as he returned to action with a hard-fought win at Haydock last November.

He ran an excellent race when third on ground that was far too testing for his liking in the Welsh National last Christmas before making the trip to Aintree via third place in an Ascot Listed heat.

Evan Williams' charge was beaten 12 lengths by Neptune Collonges in the Merseyside marathon, but his effort was all the more meritorious as he was badly hampered at the seventh fence.

Perhaps four and a half miles is a stretch of his stamina but he kept on admirably and showed he is not done with yet.

He has a few pounds in hand of his rivals here on the official ratings and as he is favoured by the conditions of the race, Williams looks to have picked an ideal starting point.

The Llancarfan handler can also hit the target with new recruit Definite Dream in the Christmas Parties At Carlisle Racecourse Novices' Hurdle.

Placed in point-to-points, the five-year-old scored under Rules in a Tipperary bumper back in April, finding plenty for pressure in the finish.

Subsequently bought by Robin Geffen for £60,000, Definite Dream could be a useful tool for Williams this term.

Good ground can help The Fonz bounce back to form in the Betfred "Bonus King Bingo'' Handicap Hurdle at Southwell.

A winner at this track in June and third at Worcester in July, punters obviously had high hopes as they sent him off as favourite at Uttoxeter in September.

However, heavy rain on the day turned the ground to soft and Renee Robeson's charge just cannot operate in those kind of conditions.

He made a mess of the seventh flight before becoming detached and eventually being pulled up.

Robeson has given The Fonz a bit of time to get over those exertions and she will be hoping the weather stays fair before the off.


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