BetBright night at Kempton Park, May 7th.
The best bet on tonight’s BetBright-sponsored card at Kempton Park is Lawmans Thunder in the 18:45.
The ex-Godolphin performer ran respectably on his debut for Ismail Mohammed at the track in March, but stepped up markedly on that when beating a revitalised Bennelong on his handicap bow over C&D. That was an above-average event for the grade, and the way he swept through from the back of the field was indicative of a horse let in lightly by the handicapper.
A rise in the weights was inevitable, but his revised mark doesn’t look at all punitive, and he should follow up if getting a well-run race. That scenario looks very much on the cards, with Afkar again likely to be ridden forwardly, and several others used to chasing the pace. Dana’s Present would rate a danger if at his best, but it’s a worry that George Baker’s UK Flat record since April reads just one win from thirty runners.
The 1m3f handicap which follows ought to go to recent C&D winner Nyanza, for all Alan King’s charge is 6 lb worse off with the fast-finishing Roman Riches, who was 2¼ lengths back in third there after being given a lot to do. The latter doesn’t look the easiest conveyance, however, and unless blinkers help in that regard, then Nyanza should again have his measure. The selection had been given a real chance by the assessor prior to that win, and is wisely turned out under a penalty. There could be plenty more to come from the daughter of unfashionable sire Dai Jin.
The 3-y-o handicap at 20:45 looks a burn-up on paper, with many of the field prominent racers by design. The contest is set up for a closer, and that may mean some of the riders taking a decision to rein back in the early stages. The one who appeals as likeliest to have things run to suit is Quiet Warrior, who was fancied for his handicap debut at Newmarket last month, but lost his chance when hampered shortly after the start. Spared a hard race there, he looks capable of making amends if Luke Morris is able to tuck him in behind the worst excesses of the early pace.
Dark Leopard is another who failed to show himself off to best effect on his handicap debut at Leicester, but was eased considerably when held, and isn’t one to write off too hastily.
In contrast to the previous contest, the finale (21:15) lacks an obvious pace angle, and with the main contenders, including recent Brighton scorer Anjuna Beach, all hold-up types, the way is clear for someone to show initiative by striking on early.
The vote goes to Lily Edge, representing a small yard in good form, and well placed to attack from stall one. Throw in a jockey with no qualms about taking the bull by the horns, and ticks appear in all the correct boxes. If William Carson can steal an cheap lead without using his mount too much, he may be able to catch the others on the hop.
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