You know you’re a racing enthusiast (or have a problem!) when you can endure a pummelling for your fancied runners as we have for the last few days and still find cause for optimism on a Sunday at Kempton…
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: One Of Us, (1645 Kempton), 1pt win, 11/4 generally available
Kempton’s chase track is a superb test of jumping rhythm. As such it can be a great place to run on the pace (think Dessie) if you can get into that rhythm and really lay down the gauntlet to those behind. Lizzie Kelly landed a nap for us at the Cheltenham Festival and is adept from the front. She rode this horse to an all the way success at Ascot last season and can do the same here. He jumped well in his only chase start and whilst off 5 months since, the first time cheekpieces can work magic on a pacesetter, and we don’t think trainer Williams would risk wasting their first-time-impact potential if the horse wasn’t fully fit.
A Place Apart, (1430 Kempton), 7/2: an interesting race where Tikkinthebox is likely to use his chasing experience to set a good pace from the front – that would be a compelling tactic but for his poor recent efforts. Instead, A Place Apart is the opposite- a 4yo making a chasing debut. That said he has come over from Ireland and booked a great young jockey. His last run was a career best, and he gets a useful 9lbs age allowance.
Itchy Feet, (1505 Kempton), 3/1: the two favourites here have obvious claimed given their lofty handicap makers. We think they may be worth taking on as Grand Sancy is a bit of a character and Leapaway’s series of recent wins have all been crushing weak opponents. Itchy Feet has a similar profile after two bloodless wins. He may just have more scope to improve, even if he brushes up his hurdling it will help. Trainer Murphy is in the business of making a name for himself with sheer weight of winners and probably wouldn’t be running against such highly rated rivals if he didn’t think the horse could win, there were easier recent targets.
Old Guard, (1610 Kempton), 7/2: ok so if you’re a regular reader then 1) god bless your patience, and 2) you’ll know we’ve jumped over the cliff with Verdana Blue a few times too many. First time out in a small field doesn’t add up to odds-on for us, making main rival Old Guard value by implication. It feels as if he’s been around for years but he’s still only seven, won the race last year and is tactically flexible. At his best pre-Christmas he has only 3lbs to find win the favourite in official ratings and tactics can more than close that gap.
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