17:40 Kempton Fri 12 April 2019
C&D winner on AW bow back in August and ended last year with a neck defeat here from 7lb higher mark in October. Gone up another 3lb for that effort, but likely to remain competitive.
Mainly campaigned at 7f but does stay this far. Needs to be forgiven a poor run here in January over C&D when last spotted, but has won fresh before.
Smart performer early in his career, some consistent efforts during 2018 without winning, though also some poor runs. 1lb below previous win-mark here but has tended to need a run.
Career has been stop-start so far, middle run of three in latest 2019 sequence would give him claims having finished close second in Wolverhampton handicap over 1m1½f but unable to replicate either side. Drops in trip, blinkers tried.
Has 5-15 career strike rate, including sole AW win over this C&D May last year off a mark 4lb lower. Turf winner in September and should be capable. Trainer had first 2019 winner in France on Wednesday.
Some promising efforts without winning last year and appeared all the better for a wind operation when scoring on return over 7f here last month (form looks strong). Up 5lb for that and should relish extra furlong.
Two wins from three starts in novice company and made winning start in a C&D handicap last month in smooth enough fashion. 3lb rise looks fair and should be in the mix again
Filly picked up a minor prize on the AW at Lingfield in January over this trip, before disappointing when favourite on handicap bow here over 7f next time. Another weak finishing effort on turf at Doncaster since and questions to be answered now.
Progressive over the winter and cheekpieces appear to have eked out a bit more this year. C&D winner in January (rated 68) and went in again at Lingfield over a mile last month. Rated 3lb higher but Seamus Cronin (3-11 lately) negates that.
Remains unproven over this trip and more poor efforts solid ones of late, slipping towards the sort of mark from which he might be dangerous.
Bath winner last June, but has been unable to add to that success off higher marks on turf/AW. Sharper here on second start after winter layoff, but still needs to bring a bit more to be winning off this mark.
Gained seventh career success latest when narrowly scoring at Ffos Las in a 1m Class 4 handicap in September. 1-4 on the AW, winning over C&D in March 2017 from lower rating (57) and faces tough task on seasonal bow it seems.
Tends to fare best on turf, though has 2-19 record on the AW, with successes here (over 6f/1m3f). Three turf wins last year, though ended seemingly in handicapper's clutch. One of two for trainer in this line-up, market may split them.
Yet to finish outside the first three in five visits here with a pair of wins over the C&D, including when last spotted in the autumn. 5lb higher mark on return demands a career-best.
Last Year's Winner
|1||Spirit Of Belle||4||9-1||12/1||Full Result|
|T: P F I ColeJ: P J McDonald|
King's Slipper (9/4), La Maquina (5/1), Medieval (11/2), Merchant Of Venice (8/1), Dragons Voice (8/1), Divine Messenger (9/1), Reckless Endeavour (16/1), Directory (16/1), Key Player (25/1), Capriolette (25/1), Sir Plato (25/1), Jellmood (33/1), Rock Icon (50/1), Biotic (100/1)
- La Maquina
- Divine Messenger
- King's Slipper
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