Profit in Meritocracy

  • By: Chris Wilson
  • Last Updated: September 2 2014, 19:23 BST

Chris Wilson provides a tip for every race today with Unbridled Joy fancied to send punters home happy from Kempton.

There's floodlit action from Kempton
There's floodlit action from Kempton

CARLISLE: 2.00 Another Royal, 2.30 Doppler Effect, 3.05 Mission Impossible, 3.40 Great Wave, 4.15 Clouds Rest, 4.50 Correggio, 5.20 Saint Thomas.

GOODWOOD: 2.20 Mystic Jade, 2.55 Soviet Courage, 3.30 GEORGE BOWEN (NAP), 4.05 Johnny Barnes, 4.40 Statutory, 5.10 Secret Hint, 5.40 Brave Decision.

HAMILTON: 2.10 Star Cracker, 2.40 Royal Holiday, 3.15 Shiftin Bobbins, 3.50 Legal Waves, 4.25 Stynes, 5.00 Layla's Hero, 5.30 Sewn Up.

KEMPTON: 5.50 First Sargeant, 6.20 Loumarin, 6.50 Soldier Sam, 7.20 Kubeba, 7.50 The Ginger Berry, 8.20 Desert Strike, 8.50 Meritocracy 9.20 Unbridled Joy.

DOUBLE: George Bowen and Johnny Barnes.

George Bowen can hit the bullseye on a strong card at Goodwood.

North Yorkshire handler Richard Fahey thinks quite a bit of this son of Dark Angel, who can put his previous experience of the track to good use in the Financial Services Expo Nursery Stakes.

The already-gelded juvenile turned in a decent performance at the Glorious fixture, when a close fifth over course and distance.

George Bowen showed plenty of dash but that six-furlong nursery was a hot affair, with both the winner, Son Of Africa, and runner-up Markaz seemingly above average.

That George Bowen was considered good enough by his wise connections to contest the Group Two July Stakes at Newmarket after having readily won a humble Carlisle maiden may be prescient.

Ryan Moore is an eyecatching booking, while his fondness for fast ground should also serve him well given the forecast.

Perhaps one of the best horses on the card is Johnny Barnes, who runs in the Peter Willett Conditions Stakes.

The Acclamation colt, trained by John Gosden, made quite a splash on his racecourse bow over seven furlongs when he coolly accounted for the well-regarded Bartholomew Fair by a length and a quarter.

Having fetched 310,000 as a yearling, plenty is expected of Johnny Barnes, who is in the right hands in the infancy of his career.

While he has no fancy entries, there is almost certainly more to come.

Statutory is a worthy contender for top honours in the Royal Sussex Regiment Stakes.

The Godolphin-owned stayer has not fully sparked into life this year, but his last two runs at York have been much more like it.

His most recent spin on the Knavesmire, when fourth Edge Of Sanity over two miles, was especially pleasing as he was denied a clean run a couple of furlongs from home.

Statutory would still not have won, but he is seemingly returning to somewhere like the form which saw him win the Phil Bull Conditions Stakes at Pontefract last year, when trained by Mark Johnston.

The four-year-old gelding also runs at Goodwood over a 3lb lower mark than when he was victorious in Yorkshire. Stamina is very much his forte.

Another Royal's winless hex can come to an end at Carlisle.

Trainer Tim Easterby may be as surprised as anyone the three-year-old filly has yet to hit the mark from 15 previous tries, but that could soon be about to change.

The daughter of Byron has done well on her last two tries, finishing second in big-field handicaps at Beverley and at Newcastle, and has been left alone by the assessor following her run at the former venue.

Another Royal was dropped to the minimum trip on the Westwood, but did all of her best work towards the finish once she was switched wide for a run.

With that in mind, the slightly longer distance in the Kingmoor Park Supports Carlisle Youth Zone Apprentice Handicap may be the fine-line difference between winning and losing.

Shiftin Bobbins was soundly beaten by a good horse at Ayr in August, but compensation awaits in the "Because It Matters" Handicap at Hamilton.

The Selkirk filly had no chance against subsequent winner Jay Kay on only her second outing for Michael Dods, but she still did enough to suggest a win is not far away for her new connections.

This longer trip, allied to a bit of juice in the ground, may be all that is required.

Grizzled all-weather shrewdie Desert Strike once again has plenty going for him in division one of the Handicap at Kempton.

Conor Dore's eight-year-old is always a threat at this level and served notice he is not done with just yet when a fine second over course and distance on her last outing in June.