16:50 Kempton Mon 13 May 2019

  • Matchbook VIP Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
  • 2m, Good (Good to Firm in places)
  • 8 Runners
  • Winner£4,094.002nd£1,202.003rd£601.004th£350.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:3m 40.5sOff time:16:50:13
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1
611-12OR: 120CD
9/2

Swiftly backed up a fast-ground Wincanton win (1m7½f) when justifying favouritism over C&D in November; below-par at Market Rasen thereafter, but more like it in a competitive Class 3 handicap at Ayr latest (third to Theatre Legend); chance.

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2
611-10OR: 118CD
4/1

8lb higher than when winning at Worcester (2m, good) in July 2018; wasn't quite seeing out his races when last in competitive action (not running badly by any means); a shade more is required off a 136-day absence.

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3
511-8OR: 116CD
5/1

Hopefully for his connections returns fresh from a 155-day absence following a tame effort at Huntingdon in December; 4lb higher than when making all to beat Rocket Ronnie by 1¼L over C&D immediately prior.

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4
811-7OR: 115
80/1

Form has tailed off significantly since leaving the care of Paul Nicholls; no signs of wind surgery having the desired effect just yet; handicap mark in free-fall.

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5
511-7OR: 115CD
7/4

Back to winning ways when smoothly taking a CJ's handicap over C&D (2m, good to firm) 18-days ago; relishes these conditions and a subsequent 3lb rise looks to be fairly lenient; was beaten 7+L by today's rival Blushing Red over C&D (Nov 2018).

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6
711-4OR: 112D
66/1

Four-time winner for Nick Williams (2m-2m2½f); poor form since joining this trainer for £5,000 in December 2018; masses to find with Tidal Watch based upon recent C&D evidence.

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7
811-2OR: 110BF
11/2

Remains a maiden over hurdles (0-10) but has knocked at the door either side of being outclassed in a 1m6f Listed Flat contest at Nottingham; 3lb higher than when beaten less than 1L by Sid Hoodie at Fakenham (2m, good to firm).

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8
910-13OR: 107D
20/1

Versatile in terms of underfoot conditions as shown when beating Bolister by 2½L at Plumpton (2m, soft) on his penultimate start; not so strong off this mark at Fontwell next time; likely to find others with more speed at 2m on a sound surface.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Level Of Intensity411-020/1
T: N J HawkeJ: S Bowen

Betting

Forecast

Tidal Watch (7/4), Haafapiece (4/1), Fairway Freddy (9/2), Blushing Red (5/1), Ravenous (11/2), King Muro (20/1), Cabernet D'Alene (66/1), Red Hanrahan (80/1)

Verdict

TIDAL WATCH won three races on a sound surface last summer, and despite being much higher in the weights nowadays returned to winning ways in a conditional jockeys' event over C&D 18-days ago. A 3lb rise for that smooth win looks to be fairly lenient on balance, and as a result there's probably no obvious reason as to why the Jonjo O'Neill-trained 5yo shouldn't follow up. His chief rival is the top-weight Fairway Freddy who more than held his own in a stronger race at Ayr recently, and also has his favoured racing conditions.
  1. Tidal Watch
  2. Fairway Freddy
  3. Ravenous

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