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A week in racing is a long time & how things have changed….. The rain & cold has passed & we are edging closer to spring & nice spring ground….
Jamie is taking a break this week so Charlie, Chris & Rich have your Saturday UK blog but remember to keep an eye out for our Gulfstream blog, covering the Fountain of Youth Stakes.
Back to the UK racing we head to Kempton for a very nice National Hunt card & Lingfield for the Winter Derby….
2.25 Close Brothers Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)
Paso Doble – Ex Jim Bolger runner, purchased for €125,000 and makes debut over obstacles for the champion trainer Paul Nicholls. If retaining some of the ability shown on the flat should be bang there come business end of race but will need to put Tritonic as the biggest danger to the selection having won at Ascot in January.
3.00 Skybet Dovecoat Novices Hurdle (Grade 2)
Atholl Street – Winner of last two races at Taunton and looks like the most likely winner of this race. Biggest threat comes in the shape of Calico who won on hurdle debut at Ludlow in January over 2m. Paul Nicholls has a 22% strike rate at Kempton and will look to add to that today.
3.00 Sky Bet dovecote Novices Hurdle
Atholl Street has done little wrong in his 2 novice hurdle wins to date, and deserves a crack at this higher level. Whilst the form of his latest start at Taunton seems nothing to write home about, winning by 16 lengths hard held needs plenty of respect. Good ground seems ideal and this course should play to his strengths, I’m expecting a very good run this afternoon.
3.35 Close Brothers Handicap Chase
Black Corton hasn’t had the best season to date, but today could well be the day he bounces back. He never travelled with the usual zest at Cheltenham last time out and it’s interesting that the cheekpieces are now removed again. The positives are that he arrives back on a course that he loves, with form figures of 22121 around here including a Grade 1 win. The latest of those 2nd placed efforts were in this race last season, and is now 1lb lower. With several firms paying extra places Black Corton looks capable of running a big race at a fair each-way price.
2.40 Winter Derby – Group 3 – 4yo Plus – 1m 2f…
Felix – Lope De Vega X Luminance 5yo gelding.
I backed Felix in the trial race on February 6th, when finishing 2nd to Bangkok over C&D by 1/2 a length & i am sticking with him.
Forest of dean was back in 3rd that day by a head & the front 3 were 4 lengths clear of the field.
The DANGER is Father of Jazz, unbeaten on All Weather & an eye catching winner on February 5th, when storming clear in a Class 3 C&D handicap to win by 4 & 1/2 lengths….
3.35 – Handicap Chase – Grade 3 – 5yo plus – 3m…
Slate House – Presenting X Bay Peral 9yo gelding.
Returned from his 3rd wind operation on January 9th at Wincanton when an 11 & 1/2 3rd of 6 in a 2m 4f Class 2 handicap. The 2019 Grade 1 winner of the Kauto Star over C&D has now dropped from to 148 from a winning mark of 153…
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