After a 20/1 winner last Thursday, don't miss Jamie Maynard's latest all-weather preview as he finds two bets on the card at Kempton.
Only a few of these have shown any sort of form over this seven-furlong trip to date.
Mr Gent hasn’t been disgraced in his last couple of outings and the latest of those, over six furlongs, was a fair effort as he gave the impression that this trip is where we’ll see him at his best. He makes his all-weather debut today and if handling the surface can go close from a nice low draw.
The John Gosden inmate Beautiful Artist hasn’t shown too much in her three starts, all in novice events, but now tackles nurseries for the first time and her best run so far was on debut at this track, so she isn’t without a chance for powerful connections.
The one in the field who has shown the best form at this distance however is DANCE EMPEROR.
Both attempts at seven furlongs have resulted in second-placed finishes with the most recent coming in a near identical race to this when beaten only a length.
The handicapper has raised him 3lb for that so he has to carry top-weight but his trainer Ed Walker is in fine form with a 40% strike-rate over the past couple of weeks and this bay colt can add to those successes in very moderate company.
Kim Bailey rarely has a runner on the level and he sends Sunblazer over from Cheltenham. He’s had six visits to this track and has only failed to be out of the places once (one victory) and has now slipped to a mark 9lb lower than when successful at Lingfield in February of last year. Richard Kingscote takes the ride for the first time and if building on a Newmarket turf victory on his penultimate start he should go close.
Another previous course winner, Rydan is lurking on a dangerous mark and may be ready to regain the winning thread after some solid efforts of late now stepped up in trip, but it’s a worry that he’s only won once in his past 26 outings so may only be fighting for minor honours again.
Song Light has the ability and he won on his last start on the Flat but his temperament must be taken on trust having been either reluctant to race or refused altogether in recent outings.
The one I’m siding with here though is the nine-year-old ISAAC BELL.
He began life with some solid efforts in Irish bumpers, winning once, before winning a couple of hurdle races, all over a two-mile trip.
Alex Hales’ gelding has now switched to the level and won a maiden at odds of 100/1 before finishing a close second behind a subsequent winner on his penultimate start.
The step up to two miles shouldn’t be a problem and he’s more than capable of getting competitive from a mark of 82 with trainer Hales and Luke Morris enjoying a 30% strike-rate when teaming up.
Posted at 0745 GMT on 13/12/17.