A big end of week awaits with a feast at the major tracks – but not yet. Today’s fare is much more matter-of-fact, with the highlight possibly being a useful looking card at Kempton’s evening all-weather track.
There is interest throughout the card, but we will employ the sandwich technique of a first and last race dabble.
First up (1755 BST) is a 7f apprentice handicap. This requires a combination of horse and jockey, with many of the riders being pretty inexperienced. We like the look of Kempton regular Saleh.
This horse has been a regular winner through the Winter season and still looks well weighted. He can be forgiven a close 5th here last time, which was after a 3 month break. That should have him ripe for this, he has a decent young jockey in Paddy Bradley, and a kind draw in stall 3. He can be held up and brought with a winning late run.
The closing race (2055) begs the question of whether a horse can repeat his run. The horse in question is Hackney Road, and he won here last week under today’s apprentice Joshua Bryan.
He is well drawn and because that win came in an apprentice race, he gets to run here without a penalty on the same mark as that winning run.
Useful rivals Madame Bounty, Alaadel and Fortitude all find themselves in wide draws and with tactical battles to overcome. Hackney Road need only track the pace and kick by in the straight. Get ready for an action replay.
Saleh (1755 Kempton), 1pt win, 4/1 generally available
Hackney Road (2055 Kempton), 1pt win, 5/2 generally available
Saleh & Hackney Road, 1pt win double, approx. 16/1.
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