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CORMIER: Greatwood runner heads for Cumberland Plate

Brian Ellison’s Cormier had a few spins over hurdles last season but returns to the flat for a valuable handicap at Carlisle this week



2DAW8G0 The Shunter ridden by jockey Robbie Power (right) clear the last to win The Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle during the Cheltenham November Meeting 2020 at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Last year’s Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle seventh Cormier is set to reappear on the flat this Wednesday in the Cumberland Plate at Carlisle.

watch: the shunter wins the greatwood hurdle, with cormier back in seventh [credit: itv racing]
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Brian Ellison’s charge, who represented the same connections who took The November Meeting showpiece via Nietzsche two years earlier, won two of his hurdle races last campaign and most recently finished second over timber in the Swinton at Haydock.


He returned to the opposite code with a bang when winning at Pontefract back in May and is back in race action later this week off a 6lbs higher mark, partnering Ben Robinson.

Cormier features in the Cumberland Plate Handicap, which is worth a total of £21,200

The going could be a key factor in the chances of the Born To Sea gelding, with his handler previously describing him as a lover of soft ground, and any rainfall in Cumbria would be of great benefit on that merit.

Ben Robinson (pictured) rides Cormier in the Cumberland Plate this Wednesday
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Ian Jardine’s Tricorn tops the bill at the opening of the market and is seeking a fifth success in a row here, while the consistent Croeso Cymraeg will no doubt be popular with Welsh punters.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.