Pearl looks a Kempton gem
Anita Chambers previews Wednesday's meetings in the UK and Ireland and goes to Kempton for her nap selection.
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FAIRYHOUSE: 12.45 Casual Creeper, 1.15 Harpsy Cord, 1.45 Secret Valley, 2.15 Doc Hollywood, 2.45 Twigline, 3.15 Dactik, 3.45 Defy Logic.
HEXHAM: 12.40 Kealshore Again, 1.10 Milano Magic, 1.40 Dotties Dilema, 2.10 Cilliseal, 2.40 Stormion, 3.10 Shoal Bay Dreamer, 3.40 Rupert Bear.
KEMPTON: 4.00 Ishi, 4.30 Wildomar, 5.00 Rangi, 5.30 Sam Spade, 6.00 Holding Fast, 6.30 PEARL MIX (NAP), 7.00 Epic Storm, 7.30 Mutual Regard.
LINGFIELD: 12.00 Dude Alert, 12.30 Absolutely So, 1.00 Ivanhoe, 1.30 Cativo Cavallino, 2.00 Bahri Sheen, 2.30 Haamaat, 3.00 Aegaeus, 3.30 Novel Dancer.
DOUBLE: Pearl Mix and Private Equity
Pearl Mix found Group Two company too big an ask when tried on turf at Newmarket but he could take some beating reverting to the all-weather at Kempton.
The three-year-old was a seven-length winner at this track last year but after running a fine fourth in the Group Two Superlative Stakes, he was then sidelined for 14 months.
Returning to action in a conditions event at Kempton, Pearl Mix put up a satisfactory performance in running out a one-length winner, although he was favoured slightly by the weights.
Trainer Ralph Beckett took enough heart from that to raise his sights for the Challenge Stakes at Headquarters but the easy ground combined with some stiff opposition saw him thoroughly outclassed.
He should be forgiven that effort as there was evidently plenty against him and dropped to Listed level for the Betdaq Mobile Apps Hyde Stakes, Pearl Mix can bounce back to winning form.
Mutual Regard is the choice in the boxingdayraces.co.uk Handicap as he chases a hat-trick of wins.
The three-year-old looked a typical Sir Mark Prescott horse as he thrived for a dramatic leap up in trip on his seasonal bow, tackling 12 furlongs after racing over seven last term.
He duly won at Wolverhampton on that occasion before heading to Lingfield for his most recent outing, over an extra furlong that time.
Again he appreciated the additional few yards and probably won with a bit more in hand than the official one-length verdict suggests as he did idle in front.
Haamaat capitalised on a switch to Polytrack when winning at Lingfield earlier this month and she can go in again in the Betfred "The Bonus King" Handicap.
The four-year-old has done all her winning on the all weather and a switch to turf during the summer months yielded little joy, although her fourth behind Hezmah at Newmarket in September reads quite nicely.
William Haggas then sent Haamaat back to Lingfield on November 1 and while she notched a verdict of just a neck, she seemed to think she had done enough when she hit the front and probably still had a fair bit left in the locker.
That victory came off a mark some 5lb higher than her last winning perch and while she must shoulder an another 3lb this time, Haamaat is not done with yet.