The ground finally relents with a drying Good to Soft surface at Kempton likely to provide some more exciting action than the bog-slogs we have been treated to so far in the UK this year. (Ireland is exempt, the racing has been outstanding).
The division of today’s Kempton bumper is a sign of the number of decent young horses who have been hanging on for this better ground. The timing is just about right for any bumper horse with festival aspirations to make a mark and earn a spot at the big table.
The first division (1605) looks by far the stronger. With well bred horses from Nicholls and Henderson, it looks significant that Kim Bailey’s newcomer Imperial Aura has attracted early market support.
We prefer the winning Irish point-to-point form of Beakstown. This Stowaway gelding made all in his only appearance between the flags, and that valuable experience can hold him in good stead here.
Significantly, he held an entry in the valuable listed bumper at Newbury on the weekend, but trainer Dan Skelton has skipped that for this easier task, albeit this race is in itself fairly decent.
Recommendation: Beakstown, (1605 Kempton), 1pt win, 5/2 generally available
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