Stokell Runner A Dream Bet.
The most intriguing runner on the BetBright sponsored card at Kempton Park tonight is Ann Stokell’s We Have A Dream (6.40), and we reckon the 9-year-old can defy some unflattering form figures now dropping in class. We hope this represents a better tip than the non-runner we backed for our previous meeting!
The son of Oasis Dream was a useful sort in his prime for William Muir and was claimed by Stephen Arnold last summer after finishing a creditable second in a Warwick seller last August. Rated 72 by the BHA after that run, his subsequent efforts have seen him drop to a lowly mark of 50. Nothing in those efforts really suggest that he retains his old ability, but new connections are noted for their ability to find the right opportunities, and We Have A Dream will surely be revived sooner rather than later.
The BetBright Moneyback Offers Handicap at 7.40 looks there for the taking for I’m Harry, who was a C&D winner in October, and looks ready to go with the same headgear fitted, and Richard Hughes booked for this return. Not many at this level are prolific winners, but the Haafhd gelding won four times from a dozen starts last year, and the fact that three of those successes came in the Channel Islands has ensured that the handicapper hasn’t overreacted, and it’s hard to believe he’s actually lower in the weights than for his 2013 return.
On recent form, he has most to fear from Until The Man, but Natalie Lloyd-Beavis’ runner was a shock winner here last time, and has a patchy record which suggests he’s uncertain to be in the same form for a follow-up bid.
The benefits of a hood were well advertised at Cheltenham, with first-day winners Western Warhorse and Jezki showing improved form for the first try in the headgear, and Basil Berry (8.10) looks another who is worth the treatment.
The unfashionably bred 3-year-old has been a revelation on polytrack, and hasn’t been out of the frame in five starts this year. He was given a moderate tactical ride over a mile here at Kempton Park earlier in the month, although in mitigation, his rider that day was at pains to get him settled, and found herself poorly placed when the sprint for home began.
He kept on takingly to grab third, however, and still looks to be improving. Up against several unexposed rivals, he’s sure to be a decent price, and should have the race run to suit with recent all-the-way winner Crowdmania looking to defy a penalty. The combination of calming headgear and a strong pace back at 7f should get the best out of Chris Dwyer’s charge, and he appeals as a value wager.
The BetBright Mobile Handicap at 8.40 is as competitive as one would expect of a London Mile Series qualifier, but most of the runners are thoroughly exposed, and it can pay to follow Coincidently, who is the youngest in the line-up, and got back on the up when scoring at Musselburgh in September. A break since then would normally be a concern, but trainer Alan Bailey has been in excellent form for a while, and the Acclamation filly, who won her maiden at this venue, should be straight enough to do herself justice.
The forst race is off at 17.40 this evening, we hope you enjoy another great night of horse racing from BetBright at Kempton Park!