kempton.co.uk Handicap (London Middle Distance Series Qualifier) 1m 3f
- (3yo, 1m 3f, Class 5, 8 runners)
- Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 2m 19.78s
- Off time: 16:50:29
|1st||2 Storm Force Ten||9/4f|
|2nd||1 Castle Combe||1¾||5/1|
Castle Combe (IRE) 118
|3||133 9-7||M P Tregoning||M Dwyer||75||5/1|
Storm Force Ten 162
|3||131 9-5||A M Balding||David Probert||73||9/4f|
Citizen Kaine (IRE) 27
|3||127 9-1||J Hughes||Josephine Gordon (7)||69||25/1|
Encore Encore 148
|3||126 9-0||H J L Dunlop||James Doyle||68||25/1|
|3||126 9-0 v||A Bailey||R Winston||68||8/1|
Mary Le Bow 41
|3||124 8-12 p||Mrs L Wadham||R L Moore||66||11/2|
Last Echo (IRE) 41
|3||123 8-11||R M Beckett||Jim Crowley||65||13/2|
Captain Mo 41
|3||123 8-11||M Botti||Andrea Atzeni||65||5/1|
The lightly-raced Storm Force Ten hails from a yard in such good shape that he's hard to ignore and has more scope than most of these. However, the concession of 8lb to the race-fit CAPTAIN MO may just prove beyond him at this stage. Marco Botti's colt stepped up to 1m3f at Lingfield and ran on strongly to catch Officer Drivel with today's rival Masterpaver very close up in third and Mary Le Bow fifth and last. The latter pair are also very closely matched on earlier running so it should be tight but the selection looks to have plenty more to offer. Encore Encore and Last Echo are both stepping up markedly in trip but could prove a threat if staying.
Storm Force Ten 5-2 (9-2) In touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 5th of 7, 5l behind The Alamo (9-2) at Windsor 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Castle Combe (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Tracked clear leader, ridden inside final 2f, lost place over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 5l behind Hedge End (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Masterpaver 2-1fav (9-7) Keen close up in last place, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and no impression from over 1f out, last of 4, 3l behind Maxie T (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Mary Le Bow 11-4 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, kept on same pace, last of 5, 1 3/4l behind Captain Mo (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Citizen Kaine (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Went left start, tracked leading pair, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, stayed on for hand riding inside final furlong, went 2nd final strides, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Bishop Of Ruscombe (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Mar.
Captain Mo 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, effort when carried right inside final furlong, ran on to lead near finish, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb beating Officer Drivel (9-0) by hd, 5 ran.
Last Echo (IRE) 11-4 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, 6th of 14, 5l behind The Silver Kebaya (8-9) at Kempton 1m mdn fll stks (5) pol in Feb.
Encore Encore 6-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, hung badly right final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov beating Ujagar (9-0) by 1/2l, 8 ran.