Bank on Bill at Kempton
Anita Chambers previews Wednesday's meetings and fancies Belgian Bill to win the final race on the card at Kempton.
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BANGOR: 1.00 Entertain Me, 1.30 Upthemsteps, 2.00 Kauto Relko, 2.30 Suraj, 3.00 Flame Of Dixie, 3.30 Drum Valley, 4.00 If In Doubt.
DOWNPATRICK: 12.35 Bottle Rattler, 1.05 Solidago, 1.35 High Talk, 2.05 Lookoutnow, 2.35 Streedagh Lady, 3.05 Mia's Vic, 3.35 All Fired Up.
EXETER: 1.40 Provo, 2.10 Stars Du Granits, 2.40 Keppols Hill, 3.10 Milarrow, 3.40 Taminkle, 4.10 Mrs Peachey.
KEMPTON: 4.25 Purple'n Gold, 4.55 Brian Sprout, 5.25 Ihtifal, 5.55 Zeus Magic, 6.25 Horstead Keynes, 6.55 Staffhoss, 7.25 Prince Rakan, 7.55 BELGIAN BILL (NAP).
SOUTHWELL: 12.20 Dancing Paddy, 12.50 Small Fury, 1.20 Snooky, 1.50 Betzyoucan, 2.20 Roland, 2.50 For What, 3.20 Beat The Bell, 3.50 Italian Riveria.
DOUBLE: Belgian Bill and Beat The Bell.
Belgian Bill can make it two successive victories at Kempton with victory in the sportinglife.com Racing Conditions Stakes on Wednesday.
The four-year-old struck in handicap company at the Sunbury venue last month after being tried at a much higher level earlier in the year.
Two quickfire runs in the Royal Hunt Cup and the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot yielded little reward while he did not fare much better in either the Bunbury Cup or Betfred Mile at Goodwood.
He was certainly not beaten far on the latter occasion though and trainer George Baker felt Belgian Bill was worth a crack at a big prize in Turkey.
The Exceed And Excel colt did not really see out the 10 furlongs in that Group Two event but fourth place still offered a decent return.
Baker dropped him back to seven furlongs at Kempton last time, though, when he managed to give away lumps of weight when holding Nassau Storm by a neck in what was a thoroughly competitive heat.
Now on a mark of 104, his handicap options would appear to be limited so if he can bridge this gap to conditions level, Belgian Bill will have an increased range of possibilities.
Ihtifal just lost out in the shadow of the post at this track earlier this month but compensation awaits in the Betdaq Mobile Apps Handicap.
The daughter of Dansili is not without ability but obviously has her issues as she is regularly ponied down to the start.
She made an audacious bid from the front over six furlong here last time, only to be swamped in the dying strides, eventually claiming third.
A 3lb rise for that result seems a little harsh but dropping back to the minimum distance here, Ihtifal should be able to use her abundant speed.
Beat The Bell has been pretty consistent this year and gained due reward when winning at Wolverhampton last time out.
He turns out again in the Thanks To Car Park Staff @Southwell-Racecourse Handicap and is well worth following whilst in such good heart.
The seven-year-old was raised 7lb for his comfortable victory and while he is now some 2lb higher than his win at Goodwood in May, he is still a way short of 86, the mark he won off a couple of seasons ago.
Stars Du Granits was turned over as a short-priced favourite last week but can make amends in Exeter's Pertemps Handicap Hurdle while Kauto Relko can star at Bangor.
A half-brother to Kauto Star and Kauto Stone, this eight-year-old is evidently not in their league but turned in a promising effort at Cheltenham last time.
He is worth a shot in the Anne Duchess of Westminster Memorial Handicap Chase.