Star to shine at Kempton

  • By: Keith Hamer
  • Last Updated: April 15 2013, 18:18 BST

Call Me A Star is the best bet on Tuesday according to Keith Hamer, who provides a selection for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Alan King: Has enjoyed a successful spring
Alan King: Has enjoyed a successful spring

EXETER: 2.00 Loudmouth, 2.30 Fred The Shred, 3.00 Upham Atom, 3.35 Helium, 4.10 Theatre Guide, 4.45 French Canadian, 5.20 Harry's Farewell, 5.50 Ready Token.

FAIRYHOUSE: 4.50 Wedding Present, 5.25 Rafi De Triana, 5.55 Rockyaboya, 6.25 Toner D'Oudairies, 6.55 Playtime Ben, 7.25 Talab, 7.55 Cahermacnally Lady.

KEMPTON: 1.50 Go West Young Man, 2.20 Run Along Boy, 2.50 Le Bec, 3.25 Milgen Bay, 4.00 Call Me A Star, 4.35 Kilmurvy, 5.10 Lexicon Lad, 5.45 Radetsky March.

SOUTHWELL: 2.10 Glacial Age, 2.40 Mata Hari Blue, 3.15 Jacobs Son, 3.50 Tajneed, 4.25 Half A Billion, 5.00 Xpres Maite, 5.35 Linroyale Boy.

DOUBLE: Call Me A Star and Glacial Age.

Call Me A Star is taken to do the business in the feature race of the day at Kempton.

The Alan King-trained mare has done well since going hurdling, having made quite an impact in bumpers last term, and can continue to make progress this spring.

She can carry on the good work in the EBF SFS Intec Grade 316 Stainless Steel Mares' "NH" Novices' Hurdle Finale Limited Handicap.

Runner-up behind the well-regarded Utopie Des Bordes at Doncaster on her penultimate start in February, Call Me A Star returned to Yorkshire for a similar race at the beginning of March.

Sent off the 2-5 favourite, she could not have won with any more authority, and is clearly in her element on a decent surface.

Call Me A Star deserves another crack at Listed level, especially against her own sex, and should not be inconvenienced by this slight rise in trip.

Hampshire handler Kate Buckett has an admirable performer in Upham Atom, who can grind out victory in the Higos Insurance Services Marathon Handicap Chase at Exeter.

The out-and-out stayer will not be fazed by this extended three and three-quarter mile slog. When others have cried enough he will come back for more.

The 10-year-old made virtually all the running when beating Sona Sasta by three and three-quarter lengths at Taunton, with 93 lengths back to The Knoxs, who was the only other finisher in a four-horse affair.

Theatre Guide has endured a torrid time of late but a return the happy hunting ground of Exeter could bring a revival in his fortunes when he returns for the Higos Insurance Services Plymstock Novices' Chase.

Since opening his chasing account on this track in November, the six-year-old has been highly tried by his trainer Colin Tizzard.

Third place behind the smart Dynaste at Newbury on his following start was respectable but he was pulled up behind the same horse in the Feltham Novices' Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and has also failed to complete the course in his last two outings.

He obviously has ability and his worth another chance in this less exalted company.

Jo Hughes has her string in great heart and Glacial Age can strike for the Lambourn handler in the Binary Trends - Triple Your Investment Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Southwell.

Hughes means business as she has booked local jockey Hayley Turner for the ride on the three-year-old, who will be suited by the drop in class and distance following a run in Listed race at Saint-Cloud.

Linroyale Boy has notched up two wins at the Nottinghamshire track in the last few weeks and a third is on the cards in the 32Red.com Apprentice Handicap.

Alan Swinbank's charge has been tackling shorter trips, but the way he has been running suggests this mile and three-quarters should be right up his street.

The Michael Dods-trained Half A Billion can make a winning return to action in the Binary Trends - Invest With binarytrends.co.uk Handicap.

The four-year-old has a sound record at Southwell, having won once and filled the runner-up spot twice from three course starts, and he was certainly progressing throughout his three-year-old year.

He signed off with a narrow win at Catterick under Connor Beasley, who once again takes a handy 7lb off his back.

Mata Hari Blue has an overall consistent profile and is fancied to end a lengthy lean spell in the 32Red Fillies' Handicap.

Michael Appleby's mare won quite smartly in soft ground at Ripon last April and although she has failed to find the bullseye since, she has been placed on four occasions, including at this track on her seasonal comeback.

She was a little disappointing back on turf at Doncaster last time, but should be far happier on this more demanding surface.


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