THE TIDDLY Tadpole looks a fair prospect for a winner at Cartmel's meeting today (Thursday).

Simon West's Tipsy Creek gelding goes for the Cartmel Cheeses Maiden Hurdle (4.35pm).

He was a good third over course and distance at the end of May, and that form reads well with the first, second and fourth all winning since.

A venture into handicap company brought another third at Stratford and he has done enough to suggest he can get off the mark here.

Lava Lamp can justify favourtism in the Furness Fish and Game Novices Hurdle with the help of a longer trip.

Elsewhere on a competitive card with racegoers set to enjoy their barbecues in the sun there may be a topical tip when the charcoal embers begin to fade.

Nigel Twiston-Davis sends Cool Touch on the trip up from the deep south for the Hadwins Beginners Chase (2.50pm) and should be rewarded by holding off Dunowen Point.

Local handler Jimmy Moffatt has a couple of "live" contenders and the best may be Seize in the Weatherbys Bank Hanidcap Chase, who has each-way steal written all over him.

New recruit Guns and Butter represents the Moffatt yard in the Winter Valley Brewery Handicap Chase and is dropped to his lowest-ever racing mark, but this looks a tight contest and a place may be his best chance.

Jono O'Neill's Englishtown is sure to launch a massive punt with A P McCoy on board and an early price (sp of 5s in morning press) looks enticing. A lot going in his favour.