It’s Double or Bust at BetBright night at Kempton Park, June 11th.
Double Up can pay a compliment to his Lingfield conqueror Stomp by taking the BetBright Mobile Offers Handicap at Kempton (6:50) tomorrow night at Kempton Park.
Roger Varian’s colt was impressive when landing a polytrack maiden at the Surrey venue on debut, and again shaped like a useful performer when giving Roger Charlton’s classy sprinter most to do on turf last time. That looked a competitive handicap on paper, but the front pair were utterly dominant, and Double Up should have found the contest aiding his development.
His yard continues in great form, and while Yarmouth winner Johara also looks to have more to offer, Double Up merits the nap vote on a tough card.
Glennten (7:20) hasn’t been done any favours by the draw, but in a race where few make any appeal, it’s worth taking a chance that the excellent Silvestre De Sousa can nip round the outer on the longish run to the first turn. If managing that manoeuvre without incident, he should prove too resolute for the hard-to-win-with pair Polydamos and Ice Tres.
Appyjack looks the main threat on recent evidence, but he’s been unplaced on both tries over this eleven furlong trip, and stamina remains a minor concern for him.
High Master remains a maiden, which is a niggling doubt over his chances in the BetBright Live The Moment Handicap at 7:50, but he comes out of a Nottingham minor event which has already begun to work out well, and remains capable of better than he’s shown to date.
On that occasion he had to be dropped in from a wide draw, and was perhaps a bit too free in first-time blinkers. Runner-up Tower Power was an impressive winner next time, and the race looked a warm one of its type. With the headgear now left off, and Ryan Moore taking the reins for the first time, he can have few excuses, and while he’s untried over this trip, he’s certainly bred to stay.
Malory Towers is very much respected on handicap bow, given how well James Fanshawe does with handicap debutants here, and his maiden form has come behind the likes of Oaks winner Taghrooda and Derby fourth Arod.
He was just behind a subsequent handicap winner (OR 72) last time, and looks feasibly treated off an opening mark of 65. It will be intriguing to see how he shapes in the market.
Fillies’ handicaps are often tricky affairs, especially with unexposed types, and that is certainly the case in the BetBright-sponsored 8:20, where the likes of Perfect Persuasion and Maria Bella could cause the handicapper some embarrassment now handicapping on the back of AW maiden wins.
It may be that the assessor can breathe a sigh of relief, though, as Bold Lass gets the call on what will be her third try in handicap company. A beaten favourite on her nursery bow here, she belatedly built on an impressive Leicester maiden win when returning there last month, just losing out against a race-fit rival, having travelled like the best horse in the race.
It’s possible she’s simply better suited to turf, and/or an undulating track, but it’s more likely that her second run simply came too soon in her development, and she remains a filly of some potential.
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