Flat Racing continues on Kempton All-Weather as Winter’s chill kicks in.
There’s eight top-notch flat races on this evening’s Kempton Park racecard, five of which are sponsored by BetBright.
Let’s take an in-depth look at each of those races and hope our tipster continues his strong vein of form in delivering the verdict, picking some decent value from the field to boot.
5.55 – BetBright Download Our App Handicap (1¼m)
Teide Peak took a step back in the right direction when fourth at Wolverhampton last week, but still failed by some way to justify market support, and may need more severe headgear than cheekpieces to get him to put his best foot forward.
It will be interesting to see if he’s gambled again, with Adam Kirby retaining the ride, but the percentage call is to oppose him. Warbond is a course specialist, but hasn’t been firing of late at around 1m, and it remains to be seen whether a belated return to 1¼m is the answer – he looked a non-stayer when last tried, and is easy enough to swerve on that basis.
Hidden Asset has solid recent form, finishing third in a minor event at Wolverhampton, and he should give his running again, but marginal preference is for Claude Greenwood, who has improved in headgear of late, winning at Brighton and finishing a good second there on his penultimate start.
Heavy ground is a ready-made excuse for a poor run there last time, and will see him go off at a potentially rewarding SP here. Stamina for this trip is a slight doubt, but there is ample compensation in his early price.
Selection: Claude Greenwood @ 17/1
Danger: Hidden Asset @ 29/10
6.25 – BetBright Moneyback Offers Median Auction Maiden Stakes (6f)
Nelsons Pride has arguably the strongest form credentials, but has also had the most chances, and few improve for leaving Kevin Ryan, so she’s passed over on her debut for Roger Ingram.
The two who make most appeal are the unraced Kokovoko, who is out of a half-sister to Grand Prix du Paris winner Khalkevi, and the once-raced Moiety, who had to go the long way round on her debut at Wolverhampton, and did well to finish so close in the circumstances.
With improvement more probable than possible, she looks the likeliest winner, for all Andrew Balding’s gelding needs monitoring in the preliminaries.
7.55 – BetBright – Live The Moment Handicap (1m)
Plenty of these have questions to answer in terms of recent form, but it’s easy enough to find excuses for Swordbearer and Cape Summit, and that pair are expected to bounce back from modest efforts to take a hand.
Swordbearer found the step up to 1¼m too much in the Newmarket Challenge Whip last time, but went well for a long way, and has solid claims on a pair of silver-medal runs over this C&D prior to that.
Cape Summit also has strong Kempton form to his name, and floundered in the mud at Brighton last time. That effort is eminently forgivable in the grand scheme of things, and he’s another to consider.
Fiftyshadesofgrey ended a losing run at Lingfield a week ago, and is respected, but has the profile of one who will be overbet here.
Selection: Swordbearer @ 13/2
Danger: Cape Summit @ 15/2
8.25 – BetBright Mobile App Nursery Handicap (7f)
Qatar Road looked in need of further when a creditable fourth on his nursery debut at Pontefract, and will be suited by the step up to 7f, so must be high on any shortlist.
But it may pay to give another chance to the maiden Dutch Portrait, who was fourth to recent Newmarket winner Rosalie Bonheur at Salisbury prior to getting nabbed on the line over 1m here by another subsequent winner in the shape of Dark Ruler.
That came over 1m, but the drop back to 7f should pose no problem, and his proven course form gives him the edge over a couple of progressive rivals.
Selection: Dutch Portrait @ 14/5
Danger: Qatar Road @ 11/2
8.55 – BetBright.com Handicap (7f)
Exchequer folded rather tamely when making his handicap debut at Newbury in the spring, but he seems to have benefited from a gelding operation since that tame effort, and ran the race of his life to finish second to Consign at Newmarket after a break recently, held up in the early stages, but hitting the front inside the last only to be worn down in the dying strides.
He’s fresher than most he’ll meet here, and scored impressively on the last occasion he tackled polytrack, which makes him look the likeliest winner. Never To Be is a C&D winner, but has been frustrating to follow in four starts since, and a bigger danger to the selection may come in the form of Tellovoi, who was unfavoured by his draw at Hamilton last time, and ran well enough in the circumstances.
Ann Stokell’s gelding has a decent record on polytrack, and may provide some value for each-way players.
Selection: Exchequer @ 2/1
Danger: Tellovoi @ 19/1
For all the BetBright customers in attendance this evening, be sure to wrap up warm and bring an umbrella! Gusty winds expected with a likelihood of rain so get there early and nestle yourself under the shelter of the main stand for another great night’s racing at Kempton Park.