IT'S a sunny outlook for Cartmel's Bank Holiday Monday meeting and a Venetia Williams' runner is always to be respected so look to American Art in the 3.00pm race to put us in the picture.

A debutant in this novice hurdle, the four-year-old was a good sort for Barry Hills on the flat.

He should be schooled well enough and the experienced Foresight is the one to beat, writes Flared Nostril.

Conors Ace should be the one to be on in the 2.25 seller which opens the meeting if repeating his recent third in a better grade.

Knockaea Beau is bred to go chasing and a fair level of hurdle form suggests he should be concerned at the finish in the 3.45 race.

Fredy Murphy's Viel Gluck is well treated for the 4.45 handicap hurdle despite top weight.

Murphy's runners are always respected here, but Paradise Expected and Cross Quart are others to consider if prominent in the market.

Pay On has fair form and a low mark for the 5.20 and shapes as if he would fair well over this longer trip.

At Carlisle, it may pay to follow Mark Johnston's Middleham stable. Johnston has won the opening maiden at this meeting three times in recent seasons and well-bred newcomer Mandrake is sure to be a warm order. Jimmy Moffatt's Benny the Bear is a brother to the useful The Bear and has a good draw and looks the place bet.

Sea Rover is just preferred to Mey Blossom in a trappy-looking 2.55 race, while Johnston could be on the mark again with Cotswolds in the 3.30 Carlisle Bell Trial. The Green Desert colt was a disappointment at Beverley on Saturday, but should be given a second chance.

Jedd O'Keffee's Society Venue has ticks in the right boxes in the 4.05 and Valdan is fancied for a quick follow-up in the Cumberland Plate Trial at 4.40.