Alasi to star for Webber
Alasi can show her class in the feature race of the day at Kempton Park today according to our Chris Wilson.
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KEMPTON: 12.30 Ski Sunday, 1.00 Snake Eyes, 1.30 The Druids Nephew, 2.05 ALASI (NAP), 2.35 Bally Legend, 3.10 Arkose, 3.40 Petit Ecuyer.
LUDLOW: 12.40 Zarzal, 1.10 Dream Risk, 1.45 Definite Dream, 2.15 Onefourfun, 2.50 The Rockies, 3.20 Daneva, 3.50 Be Bop Boru.
DOUBLE: Alasi and Ski Sunday.
Alasi can show her class in the feature race of the day at Kempton.
The Paul Webber-trained eight-year-old was a Grade Two winner at Doncaster in January and can add to her impressive gains with a second Listed success in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle.
Fourth in last season's mares' hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, Alasi returned to action at Wetherby in her defence of a big prize on Charlie Hall day.
Webber's inmate again ran solidly, but her desire for a longer trip these days was perhaps evident as she could not quicken up as well as the winner, Une Artiste.
That effort no doubt influenced the decision to go back up to three miles for just the second time in her career.
Although this is a calculated risk, Kempton's sharp, right-handed circuit is just the place to test her mettle over a longer trip.
And while Alasi must concede weight to seven of her rivals, punters are almost certainly assured of a good run for their money - especially as the highly-rated Kells Belle could be in need of the run.
Ski Sunday's claims in the Coolmore NH Sires Handicap Hurdle are far cloudier, but he could still go well at a generous price in this two-mile-five-furlong assignment.
The seven-year-old gelding rather lost his way last season, with his return at Chepstow earlier in the month hardly setting pulses racing.
Tim Vaughan's representative has slipped to a most appealing mark, though, and is some 13lb lower than when victorious over Kempton's two miles in January 2011.
Ski Sunday has had plenty on his plate for a long time now, but this arguably looks his easiest encounter for quite a while.
He has also shown his best form when there is cut in the ground, which looks an odds-on shot given the mixed forecast.
Onefourfun should appreciate the testing ground in the Betfred Goals Galore Handicap Chase at Ludlow.
He has shown some fair form with cut and won a novice event at Bangor back in May before disappointing at Huntingdon next time out.
The quicker ground there was evidently not to his liking and Charlie Longsdon has given him a nice break since, so he should be fresh for this challenge.
Be Bop Boru can finally hit the target in the Vickey Thomas's 40th Birthday Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race.
He has finished second in both his starts for Vaughan so far and seems the type who will improve for further experience.