Keith Hamer makes Mister Whitaker his best bet at Carlisle and has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.
NAP: Mister Whitaker 3.45 Carlisle
Next best: Looksnowtlikebrian 2.40 Carlisle
Mister Whitaker can warm up for a possible crack at the BetVictor Gold Cup by making a successful return to action in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase at Carlisle on Sunday.
Trainer Mick Channon feels this two-and-a-half-mile contest slots nicely into place for the progressive six-year-old, should he head to Cheltenham for the valuable handicap chase on November 17.
Carlisle would be a suitable port of call for Mister Whitaker, as he opened his account over fences on this card 12 months ago.
After that, the Tim Radford-owned gelding went from strength to strength, ending his first campaign over the bigger obstacles with victory in the Close Brothers' Novices' Handicap Chase at the Festival.
Connections will have great expectations for Mister Whitaker in his second season over fences and he can start off in the right vein.
Looksnowtlikebrian can follow up last month's course victory when he returns to the Cumbrian venue for the Cumberland Handicap Chase.
Tim Vaughan's seven-year-old recorded a one-length verdict over Sky Pirate, for which he has been put up 4lb.
He was staying strongly over the extended three miles to suggest this extra two furlongs should be within his compass.
Take A Break made a successful switch from Nigel Hawke to Mark Walford's stable when scoring over fences at Hexham three weeks ago and can repeat the trick over the smaller obstacles.
The seven-year-old had run respectably over them in his last two starts for his previous connections and should not be far away in the Watch Racing UK On BT TV Handicap Hurdle.
Ben Pauling sent the very smart Willoughby Court to Huntingdon for his chasing debut last year and the Gloucestershire trainer is employing the same strategy with Le Breuil.
Willoughby Court duly obliged and went on to beat Yanworth in a Grade Two contest at Newbury on his next start before finishing third behind that horse in the Dipper Novices' Chase at Cheltenham, on what turned out to be the last time he was in action last term.
Le Breuil was not quite in the same league as Cheltenham Festival winner Willoughby Court over hurdles, but his form was decent enough and his future probably lies over fences.
The six-year-old can get off to the best possible start by winning in the Magpas Air Ambulance Novices' Chase.
Darebin ought to strip fitter for his run at Fontwell last month, which should help him in his quest to prize the Macer Gifford Handicap Chase from his opponents.
Gary Moore's six-year-old had been off for 146 days before returning to the fray when finishing third of four behind Oliver's Hill.
He had every chance until having nothing left to give from the second-last fence. Hopefully, Darebin will be a different proposition this time.
Stonemadforspeed can show he has an abundance of stamina by coming out on top in the Alconbury Handicap Hurdle.
The 10-year-old, owned and trained by Roger Teal, has been staying on at the end of his races over shorter distances and on that evidence will not be troubled this extended three miles and a furlong.
Sporting Life tips:
CARLISLE: 1.00 One For Rosie, 1.30 Western Rules, 2.05 Take A Break, 2.40 Looksnowtlikebrian, 3.10 Captain Redbeard, 3.45 MISTER WHITAKER (NAP), 4.15 Fumarole.
CORK: 1.05 Challow, 1.35 Robin de Carlow, 2.10 Winter Escape, 2.45 Fairymount Boy, 3.15 Rogue Angel, 3.50 Arctic Light, 4.25 Northern Belle.
HUNTINGDON: 1.10 Excellent Team, 1.45 Needs To Be Seen, 2.20 Full Bore, 2.50 Darebin, 3.25 Le Breuil, 3.55 Stonemadforspeed.
NAAS: 12.20 Erich Bloch, 12.50 Taexali, 1.20 Gentle Bellini, 1.55 Ferretti, 2.30 Vocal Music, 3.00 Stratum, 3.35 Hazel Bay, 4.05 Mustajeer.
DOUBLE: Mister Whitaker and Looksnowtlikebrian.
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