There may be no more Flat racing at Carlisle until next Spring but the stars of this summer’s campaign are refusing to lie down.

Two-year-old winners at Carlisle have reputations that remain in the memory and, when Tim Easterby’s newcomer Lampang sliced through a competitive field to score “going away” on his racecourse debut at the Blackwell venue in late August, many shrewd eyebrows were raised skywards.

There had been whispers about the ability of the son of Dandy Man for some while and the manner in which he overcame both inexperience and a dilatory start to quicken past his rivals inside the final furlong confirmed their accuracy.

Lampang reappeared at Ripon last Saturday. This time he broke smartly and made all the running to win eased down, and it was Tim Easterby’s post-race comments that made one realise that this first time out Carlisle winner was indeed special.

Tim revealed that Lampang had been their Royal Ascot contender until a minor issue had laid him off at a crucial time. He added: “Lampang is a real prospect. He could even prove to be the best that I have ever trained.”

Powerful words those and Lampang is seemingly not yet finished for the season. He is expected to take another step forward in a valuable contest at York’s final meeting of the season later this month.

Gale Force Maya won three times at Carlisle this summer in the colours of Frank Lowe and she too has been raising her profile since the curtain fell on Carlisle’s 2019 Turf season.

Reunited with Paul Mulrennan the Michael Dods-trained filly has performed with great credit in Class 2 company, finishing a frustratingly close second at both Pontefract and, more recently, at Newmarket. Gale Force Maya was mowed down in the final strides by Lady of Aran at Pontefract and was, arguably, an even unluckier loser at Newmarket where she looked set to overcome her wide outside draw only to be overhauled close home by Andrew Balding’s unexposed Chil Chil.

Hello Youmzain provided a splendid advertisement to the quality of Carlisle’s stature as a flat racing course when he landed last month’s Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock a year after Kevin Ryan had sent him to Carlisle to record his initial success. Here again there could be a further boost before the focus switches to the jumps scene.

Hello Youmzain is due to complete a Group 1 double next Saturday when he travels south to Ascot in a bid to confirm Haydock form with The Tin Man and take the honours in the Champion’s Day Sprint.

All fingers and toes crossed for Enable going for a record breaking third Arc triumph on Sunday. The experts seem unanimous that only an impossible draw will stop the wonder mare from winning again for Frankie Dettori, John Gosden and Khalid Abdullah.

Hopefully, they will be correct. But the price will be short and looking for more rewarding dangers and with the Andre Fabre team in such cracking form, his Waldegeist makes tempting appeal. He runs best at Longchamp and was far from disgraced behind Enable and Crystal Ocean at Ascot.

Casting an eye at the supporting card, Advertise has to be fancied for the Prix de Foret. Seven furlongs is his ideal trip and the Martyn Meade star knows how to win in France. Battash will be all the rage for the Prix de l’Abbaye but Mab’s Cross won this for Gerald Mosse and Michael Dods last season and with the yard in such excellent form a repeat success would not be a major surprise.

Dods saddled a winning double at Ayr on Tuesday with Callum Rodriguez driving home the brave veteran Get Knotted for a deserved success in the 7f handicap and, earlier in the afternoon, Connor Beasley steering John Kirkup to a belated first win of the turf campaign.

Beasley will be in action down south this weekend to partner Dakota Gold either in the 5f Rous Stakes at Ascot or the valuable 6f contest on the same card.

Dakota Gold just missed out in sterner company at Newbury but back in a handicap has to be hard to beat.

Redcar stage their most important race of the season tomorrow with ITV covering the Two Year Old Trophy.

John Quinn can lift this valuable prize with the progressive Cobra Eye, a stylish winner at Goodwood last time out and well treated by the conditions of the race.

On the jumps front, it was welcome back to Sean Quinlan at Sedgefield. Sean has been on the sidelines all summer but has recovered full fitness in time for a busy autumn. Snowed In was his initial ride back and the popular grey trained by Barbara Butterworth, mother of Sean’s partner Liz, finished a most respectable second.

Sean will be riding at Hexhan this afternoon when he must be fancying his chances on For Jim, trained by Jenny Candlish for whom he has ridden many winners.

Cumbrian trainers were in sharp form at Sedgefield with Martin Todhunter landing the handicap chase with the bold jumping Ringaringarosie, in the hands of Danny McMenamin, and Dianne Sayer sending out Tonto’s Spirit to win for her father Arthur Slack. Tonto’s Spirit was given a grand ride by Connor O’Farrell who galvanised the favourite to regain the lead on the short run-in after being headed before the last.

Best race at Kelso on Sunday has to be the handicap chase which often sees the seasonal reappearance of Simply Ned. The Greystoke star is once more in the five-day line-up but running plans may well depend on the state of the ground. Iain Jardine has his horses going very well at the moment and his Cool Mix could be a serious contender.