OK a little later than usual but here are the selections for Friday’s meeting, fingers crossed there are a few winners amongst them…
4.10 A 5f sprint on the inside course which massively favours horses drawn low infact so much that backing the horse drawn 1 has resulted in 25% ROI (15/97 wins/runs). Today the horse drawn 1 is Toni’s A Star and recent form looks promising providing he can make use of the premier stall Poppy Bridgwater rides and claims 5lb. The other to look at is recent Southwell runner Sir Walter again ridden by an apprentice showed some useful form, will need to show this at Kempton so fingers crossed as it could be a reasonable price (drawn 3).
Selection: Toni’s A Star Next Best Sir Walter
4.45 Another 5f however only the 6 runners and so the draw is likely to be less important, going with the in form Rock Bottom who has won twice in his last three runs (well fancied to win the other). Second time in a handicap and looks on the upgrade. Swiss Chimes won at Southwell on his latest start and like Sir Walter if he can reproduce this at Kempton will be close up.
Selection Rock Bottom Next Best Swiss Charm
5.15 Not a race to get too carried away with some pretty poor animals running here but of the 3 that I shortlisted I will make Mullarkey my pick on the basis that he has shown some reasonable form lately and had a tricky draw the time before last. The other is Adam Kirby’s mount Tesorina who was beaten fav at Lingfield last time. My third to look at was Runaiocht who does OK here and can often get placed.
Selection Mullarkey Next Best Tesorina
5.45 Novice Stakes and here Fume appeals the best, comes out of handicap company to run in a novice event, he was a disappointing favourite last time but has some good speed figures. Roger Varian has a likely improver in Kingdom Of Dubai and I make that the danger although cases can be made for some others with better RPRs.
Selection Fume Next Best Kingdom Of Dubai
6.15 Just the four runners so win only for placepot punters, Andrew Balding’s Spirit Warning ran in a handicap for the first time in January over CD, looked promising then and this could be a reasonable mark. Kentucky Kingdom is from the Haggas yard and runs in a handicap for the first time has potential but I rate him second to Spirit Warning.
Selection Spirit Warning Next Best Kentucky Kingdom
6.45 A Class 2 miler here and with only 7 runners the pace is likely to be lacking, a few try this trip for the first time and may well get home OK if they dawdle up front. Given Choice (watch your bets here there’s all Final Choice running) is one that is going up in trip. Won well last time over 14f at Wolves,even when eased down still recorded a decent time. Sunblazer won around this time last year and now 5lb lower than that, needs to bounce back but has CD form, Adam Kirby a bonus.
Selection Given Choice Next Best Sunblazer
7.15 Good solid Class 5 12 runner handicap, quite a few are running on the AW after being hurdling or chasing. However Nylon Speed has won his last two on the flat the latest was easily and does look well capable of winning a third. Will put up Kirby again in the next best slot on the basis that New Agenda who goes well at KP can run well after recent hurdles success.
Selection Nylon Speed Next Best New Agenda
7.45 A Class 7 sprint over 6f to finish the card, not much form wise to look at however the recent winner (top weight) looks vunerable to me) Down in trip and 8lbs more to carry. Le Menage Enchante got beaten a head last time at Chelmsford in a Class 6 , dropped to a Class 7 now. Nuzha has only won once (at Southwell) however the last run at Chelmsford albeit in a Class 7 showed some promise and worth considering in this modest event.
Selection Le Menage Enchante Next Best Nuzha