Sweet on Liberta at Kempton

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: January 22 2013, 17:33 GMT

Anita Chambers previews Wednesday's surviving race meetings in the UK and provides a tip for every race.

Andrew Balding: Trains Sweet Liberta

AYR: 1.10 One For Hocky, 1.40 Thimaar, 2.10 Diocles, 2.40 One For Harry, 3.10 Stormin Exit, 3.40 Stormion, 4.10 Badgers Den.

KEMPTON: 4.30 Petra, 5.00 Federal Blue, 5.30 Fairy Mist, 6.00 Tijuca, 6.30 Lincolnrose, 7.00 Foxtrot Jubilee, 7.30 SWEET LIBERTA (NAP), 8.00 Artful Lady.

LIMERICK: 1.15 Girl In Blue, 1.45 Hard Bought, 2.15 Goodtime Boy, 2.45 Ponmeword, 3.15 Stony Grey Soil, 3.45 Sir Harry Cash, 4.15 Overwater.

LINGFIELD: 1.00 Paphos, 1.30 Laudation, 2.00 Story Writer, 2.30 Broxbourne, 3.00 Storm Runner, 3.30 Al's Memory, 4.00 Spartic.

DOUBLE: Sweet Liberta and Foxtrot Jubilee.

Sweet Liberta claimed a weak event at Lingfield last time but can follow up in the Kempton For Weddings Handicap at the Sunbury venue on Wednesday.

The four-year-old took a while to come good but she is on a roll at present and bids for a hat-trick here.

Out of luck in her first 11 attempts, Andrew Balding's charge made the most of a moderate event at this track earlier in the month, finishing strongly to prevail by the best part of two lengths.

Racing with a 6lb penalty at Lingfield last week, Sweet Liberta was sent off an evens favourite to follow up and she duly landed those odds when an impressive four-and-a-half-length scorer.

She probably did not beat too much on that occasion but having had to race wide, it looked to be a decent enough performance.

Sweet Liberta will be saddled with a further penalty this time but with 7lb claimer Daniel Muscutt taking the ride, that extra chunk of weight is negated and Balding's filly is taken to run well again.

Just three runners go to post for the Time Ordered Cards In Racing Plus Handicap and Foxtrot Jubilee is the pick of the trio.

The three-year-old was a winner on his racecourse bow at this track in November before following up on his first attempt in handicap company in December.

Racing off a mark of 79 that day, he was not pushed too hard to win by a head, which is likely to be quite a bit better than the bare form suggests.

His narrow margin of victory has seen the handicapper raise him just 4lb and while he has plenty to find with Equitania on the numbers, he makes plenty of appeal as a horse on the upgrade.

Laudation looked in desperate need of the experience on his racecourse bow and an improved performance is anticipated in the Play Golf At Lingfield Marriott Maiden Stakes at Lingfield.

Related to some decent types, Laudation was a nine-length fourth on his first attempt but showed a glimpse of ability on that occasion and should be much wiser this time.

Storm Runner makes a swift return to action in the Lingfieldpark.co.uk Handicap after finishing a close-up sixth at Kempton last Saturday.

He was only three lengths off the winner in a bunched finish to a competitive handicap heat, although he never really looked like winning.

Twice a winner at this track in December, Storm Runner is best off a strong pace and if someone takes on the gallop here, he is capable of defying his increased mark.

Thimaar is a fascinating contender as he makes his National Hunt bow in the Talk To Victor Novices' Hurdle.

A three-time winner on the level for John Gosden, he was good enough to finish third behind Colour Vision and Red Cadeaux in the Sagaro Stakes last year, although he was well beaten.

That was still a fair performance but he proved disappointing in

three subsequent starts and switching to the care of Donald McCain for a hurdles campaign looks a natural progression.


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