When analysing this race I found myself trying to decide between two of the oldest horses in the race with the nine year old Rydan ticking plenty of boxes however it was the seven year old BLAZON that I couldn’t look past. Kim Bailey’s charge has been woeful this summer but the fact he returns to the all-weather should make us all sit up and take notice. He’s not been seen on an artificial surface since February. He has a fantastic record here with three victories from five starts over this trip at Kempton and two of those victories came when carrying more weight than he’s got to carry tonight.
Jockey Luke Morris climbs aboard and is known as a maestro on the sand and is more than capable of getting him home. Although the yard have bigger things to worry about with the national hunt season springing into life they can add to their list of flat winners tonight.
Earlier on the card at the Surrey course I’m hoping Jamie Spencer can guide BRING HIM HOME to his first success. The three year old gelding produced his best performance when third of ten over course and distance, on debut, earlier this year. He’s subsequently raced on turf and showed much less before heading from the yard of Charlie Hills to now reside with Jedd O’Keeffe. Connections have made the wise move to return to this course and distance and the eye-catching booking of Spencer also looks a positive. The veteran jockey has only teamed up with an O’Keeffe trained horse on 21 previous occasions but has collected three wins and ten places from those rides. Although he’s yet to taste success it looks as though he could go very close now at the fourth time of asking.
BRING HIM HOME
This Thursday evening we take a trip over to Essex to take in a race at Chelmsford where I find myself siding with a former course and distance winner who now sits on a very attractive handicap mark. AGUEROOO (named after that infamous title winning cry from commentator Martin Tyler back in 2012) has a mixed bag of form at this venue and hasn’t been seen here since May 2019. He was very disappointing when only beating two rivals that day but that was over seven furlongs so a return to six should be more suitable. He’s never finished outside of the top six in seven course and distance starts which also includes a win and two second placed finishes. All three top two finishes came when the gelding was burdened with much more weight and although his best days are perhaps behind him he’s capable of striking with the handicapper being so lenient.
Blessed To Impress is a fellow course and distance winner who looks likely to go off favourite and poses the biggest threat.
AGUEROOO written by Rory Paddock