The all-female jockey #AmazingMonday meeting at Carlisle was held for the first time last year and, once again, looks to provide some competitive racing on an otherwise fairly drab start to the week. That said, the News & Star Amazing Lady Kerryanne Wilde Handicap (7.15) may not be as competitive as the numbers suggest, because the aptly-named Iconic Belle can race off a handicap mark 3lb lower than when winning in this grade at Epsom last Thursday.
Mick Channon’s filly has been on the go since January, but is clearly thriving at present, having won three of her last four starts. She seemingly failed through lack of stamina, having chased a fast pace, when well beaten over 1 mile 3½ furlongs at Yarmouth three starts ago, but otherwise her profile on good, or faster, going is that of a progressive filly. It’s easy to see why connections are keen to turn her out again so quickly and, while this is a more competitive race than she’s been used to of late, at least numerically, it’ll be disappointing if she can’t exploit what appears an excellent opportunity.
Apprentice Nicola Currie, who guided Iconic Belle to a comfortable 4-length win at Yarmouth in May, has ridden 62 winners, including 41 this year so, while the race conditions dictate that she can’t claim the 3lb allowance to which she’d normally be entitled when riding against full professional jockeys, the daughter of Sixties Icon should lack nothing in assistance from the saddle.
Selection: Carlisle 7.15 Iconic Belle to win 4/1