In a triumph of staking plans we managed to turn two winners on Champions Day into a nil return. Doubles are proving painfully elusive so it’s back to basics today and a simple win single.
Kempton Park opens its jumps season with a cracking little Sunday card.
The betting race of the day has to be the novice handicap chase (1440 BST). Charlie Longsdon trains the favourite Volt Face who has the benefit of three good prior runs over fences. On the downside, this is his first run for nearly 6 months. Longsdon’s rarely fail for fitness so he must have a fair chance.
Free Stone Hill from the strong Skelton yard is another leading contender after a good second last time, but his chasing mark looks tough enough on hurdles form.
We prefer the lightly raced Bach De Clermont for trainer Evan Williams. This horse is making a chasing debut but looks more like a chaser than a hurdler and can improve on his hurdles form.
He has a prominent running style which should suit a switch to chasing and should be spot on after two recent hurdles runs.
Recommendation: Bach De Clermont (1440 Kempton), 1pt win, 5/1 generally available
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