|6.25||Barber Of Seville||2.5||3.5 f||3||-1|
|5.55||Just An Idea||5||5.5||3||-1|
Plenty of races at Kempton this weekend with cards on Saturday and Sunday. Here is my look at Saturday’s card. My idea of a value price is in brackets.
16.50 Class 5 Novice Stakes 2 Yr Old 6f
Spark Fury from the Richard Hannon yard is the obvious starting point here, others that are worth noting are John Gosden’s Sarsaparilla, Ralph Beckett’s Rhoda’s Choice and Archie Watson’s Perfect Dream all look like they will have benefitted from their first outings. Gosden’s 32% SR for second start horses is impressive.
Selection: Spark Fury (2.5) Next Best: Sarsaparilla (3.0)
17.20 Class 6 Handicap 4 Yr Old + 6f
Seneca Chief has been in impressive form since the resumption winning both his starts, but now has a further 5lbs to carry, this doesn’t look like this will stop him winning another, however the odds are likely to be prohibitive. Bernie’s Boy was a selection when he ran here last week, he also ran at Chelmsford behind Seneca Chief he is consistent at this level and should be placed once again. However as the next best is Maid Millie who ran well at Chelmsford and won on his last start here.
Selection: Seneca Chief (3.0) Next Best: Maid Mille (7.0)
17.55 Class 6 Handicap 4 Yr Old + 7f
Just An Idea won last time at Chelmsford while he doesn’t appear the type to follow up having won once for each of the last 4 years however amongst this opposition he has a fair chance ! Lacan also won last time after falling a mile in the weights, he has another 4lbs again, can’t see much else here.
Selection: Lacan (3.0) Next Best: Just An Idea (5.0)
18.25 Class 5 Maiden Stakes 2 Yr Old 7f
Not a lot of form here to review, Barber Of Seville for John Gosden finished down the field at Newmarket that form looks OK and may well be good enough to win this, remember backing every John Gosden runner here over the last 5 years makes a profit. Reset Button was 9th of 12 here he was 66/1 that day and expect similar odds today. Andrew Balding has the best record for first time starters amongst the trainers here so will make Recovery Run the next best.
Selection Barber Of Seville (2.5) Next Best Recovery Run (4.0)
Chloellie goes really well here 5 wins, 5 places from 13 starts, she was in good form before the lockdown winning at Wolverhampton and running a good race here to finish second. She also looks to have been given some leniency from the handicapper after a few disappointing runs last autumn. The good news is that David Probert is back aboard as he has been riding on 4 of her wins. The other is Gregorian Girl who goes well here (2/5) Dean Ivory is having a slow start but usually does OK with horses off a lay off, he makes good use of Sophie Ralston (they are 7/68 when combined).
Selection Chloellie (4.0) Next Gregorian Girl (11.0)
19.25 Class 4 Handicap 4Yr Old + 1m 3f.
Two here have won their last two starts, Olympic Conqueror and Secretario, both are interesting and have a good chance of a hattrick but the value may come from Starfighter who ran at Newmarket earlier this month but has done much better here with two close up third places. As the next best the pick is Agent Zigzag who has his second start for Paul Webber after running in Ireland (winning twice). This run was here and caught the eye and he should come on for the run.
Selection Starfighter (7.0) Agent Zigzag (13)
19.55 Class 4 Handicap 4 Yr Old + 1m
Swiss Cheer won here on his last start over CD, that looked good with the horse quickening near to the line beating Fortune And Glory who has won both his next two starts. As next best the Rebecca Menzies runner Tough Remedy finished 3rd in the race won by Swiss Cheer and was beaten 3/4 length, didn’t show much on seasonal debut at Newcastle and hoping that return to Kempton will help, although the trainers record here is poor.
Selection Swiss Cheer (3.5) Tough Remedy (9)
20.25 Class 4 Handicap 4 Yr Old + 1m
We can expect to see Cristal Pallas Cat go off in front now reunited with the much improved regular pilot Rhiain Ingram, whether he can stay there is another matter ! His last win in August 2019 was off 46 and today is off 48 so may need to come down a couple of pounds for that reason the selection will be Mabo who ran well earlier this month at Wolverhampton only being beaten a head, he is not a regular visitor to Kempton but has won one of his three runs, in fact his last win came here in October 2019. The other that deserves a mention is Lady Morpheus he ran a decent race here back in January that was from a wide draw and stayed on nicely interesting to see what the market makes of this one’s chances.
Selection Mabo (4) Lady Morpheus (11)