Good-looking Girl at Kempton

  • By: Nick Grant
  • Last Updated: November 29 2012, 21:43 GMT

Nick Grant previews Thursday's meetings in the UK and Ireland with his nap selection coming on the card at Kempton.

Andrew Balding: Sends Martial Art to Kempton


KEMPTON: 4.05 Cheektocheek, 4.35 Misfer, 5.05 Shamiana, 5.35 BLADEWOOD GIRL (NAP), 6.05 Martial Art, 6.35 The Absent Mare, 7.05 O'Gorman, 7.35 Sherjawy.

NEWBURY: 12.25 Aaim To Prosper, 12.55 Howard's Legacy, 1.30 Otto The Great, 2.05 Highland Lodge, 2.40 Alvarado, 3.15 Edgardo Sol, 3.45 O'Faolains Boy.

TAUNTON: 12.35 Oscar Hill, 1.05 Bladoun, 1.40 Kandari, 2.15 Well Sharp, 2.50 Ratify, 3.25 Thedreamstillalive, 3.55 Buxom.

THURLES: 12.30 Mae's Choice, 1.00 Plan A, 1.35 Berties Dream, 2.10 Vesper Bell, 2.45 Steady Ed, 3.20 Lascalahall.

UTTOXETER: 12.45 My Flora, 1.20 Big Society, 1.55 Gougane, 2.30 Sail And Return, 3.05 Dreams Of Milan, 3.35 Flame Of The Glen.

DOUBLE: Bladewood Girl and Martial Art.

Bladewood Girl showed the right sort of attitude when last seen and can repeat the winning dose in the Handicap at Kempton on Thursday.

The John Jenkins-trained four-year-old has not had much racing, in fact she did not make her first visit to the racetrack until this year.

That effort was in fact a promising one over this course and distance, as she ran much better than her fifth placing in a mile maiden would suggest, staying on nicely.

Two solid runs followed before she got off the mark at Lingfield, coming from the rear to lead and then holding on well.

On what will be just her fifth start, a 3lb rise is not punitive and there should be more to come.

Andrew Balding should find a race for Martial Art this winter and the £32 Free At Median Auction Maiden Stakes looks a winnable opportunity.

His all-weather debut came at Lingfield earlier this month and the Compton Place colt only just failed by half a length to hold on from Ready.

The winner has gone in again since, so the form has a good look to it in relative terms, and market support for Martial Art that day suggested he has a race in him.

Two miles around Kempton is very much up The Absent Mare's street and she can again play a leading role at the trip in the 32 Bonus Handicap.

Three runs over this distance at the Sunbury venue have yielded two wins and a second, and the Robin Dickin-trained four-year-old is only 4lb higher than when winning in March, when she was defying a 10lb rise for winning in November.

She had been off since April until returning in an handicap hurdle at Ludlow last month that will hopefully have blown away the cobwebs.

Edgardo Sol can play a leading role in the Sportingbet Intermediate Hurdle at Newbury.

Rated 12lb lower over timber than over fences, his latest run was a perfectly respectable second to the impressive Cue Card in the Haldon Gold Cup.

Equally smart over hurdles, he was second, beaten less than a length, behind subsequent Grade One winner Alderwood at Cheltenham in March, and is entitled to have come on for that run at Exeter.

Big Society is the choice in the Crabbie's Spiffing Alcoholic Ginger Beer Novices' Hurdle at Uttoxeter, while Kandari is worth noting in the Bet totequadpot Text Tote To 89660 Beginners' Chase at Taunton.

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