HEREFORD: 2.10 Southern Sam, 2.40 KEL DU LARGE (NAP), 3.10 Largy Force, 3.40 Abingworth, 4.10 In D’Or, 4.40 Bertie B, 5.10 Celtic Sea.
NAAS: 1.25 Wodhooh, 1.55 Shoot The Blues, 2.25 La Malmason, 2.55 Ferny Hollow, 3.25 Zoffanien, 3.55 Ladybank, 4.25 Wingmen.
DOUBLE: Kel Du Large and Abingworth.
King’s Vanity can benefit from stepping back up to a mile in the Try Unibet’s New Acca Boosts Handicap at Kempton.
The four-year-old shaped with plenty of promise over that trip on his sole start last term, beaten just under two lengths in fifth, before successfully dropping back slightly to win over seven furlongs last month.
While the official margin was a length, he looked good value for that as he hung a bit on the bend before eventually taking the lead inside the distance.
Kept to seven furlongs next time, he was unfortunate to bump into Metaverse who proved a touch too sharp after King’s Vanity took a keen hold early and expended a bit too much energy.
Given a mark of 84 following that third run, Andrew Balding could have something to work with here.
Metaverse himself is in action in the Unibet More Boosts In More Races Handicap – switching back to six furlongs this time.
He posted a decent effort over the distance first time up in 2024, in what was his first run since last May, before moving up to win over seven furlongs, when he was another who showed plenty of early pace.
On that basis a move back to a sprint trip may not be a negative.
Alhather can make it third time lucky in the Unibet/Breeders Backing Racing EBF Maiden Stakes.
A 160,000 guineas purchase as a yearling, he came up against a more experienced rival on debut and had to give best after racing to the fore throughout.
He was again prominent on his second start and dropped away in the dying strides to come home third, which was still a fair level of form given the second has come out and won subsequently.
Stavvy outran his 16-1 odds at Doncaster to finish third and a repeat of that could be good enough in the Join Southwell Golf Club Open Maiden National Hunt Flat Race at the Nottinghamshire venue.
Well beaten by a subsequent Listed winner on debut, Stavvy improved for the experience when returned to Town Moor, racing with plenty of zest but lacking the extra to trouble the smart-looking Les’s Destiny Star.
This might not be as a tough a test.
Dr Shirocco disappointed at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day but can right the record in the George Crawford Legacy Trust Handicap Chase back at that track.
A winner over an extended two and a half miles here, Dr Shirocco was never travelling last time and it is probably best to just put a line through that form.
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