The best race on the card at Kempton this evening sadly attracts the smallest field but none the less it looks pretty competitive with three of the five runners claiming placed positions in their most recent performances.
Despite Imperial Command finishing in the top two in three of his last four all-weather starts his sole run here at Kempton leaves a little to be desired and I fear the handicapper may have him in too tight of a grip to see him finish in front.
Another runner who finished as runner-up most recently is Eagleway from the yard of Ivan Furtado. The stable are going great guns of late, operating at a current 25% strike rate and with his shock second in the Victoria Cup probably the best form on offer he holds a very strong claim.
Al that being said however it’s fellow five year old and former course and distance winner Uzincso who I hope can add to his mighty course form. From a total of ten course and distance starts he’s won six times and placed in the top three a further twice. The horse absolutely loves it here and although this looks tougher opposition I’m praying that the experience of jockey Luke Morris will be the telling factor for John Butler’s charge.
Later on the card in the penultimate race this seven furlong handicap looks very competitive with a case easily made for a plethora of the runners.
Although Ring Of Gold is the clear favourite and has been going well of late I feel he’s worth taking on especially as he has to compete with the less advantageous draw in Stall 11.
Another runner who would have a solid chance if it weren’t for the wide draw is Dean Ivory’s Dors Toyboy. The four year old has been consistent of late and shouldn’t be far away once again.
Of the rest, at bigger prices, Magicinthemaking, Lady Amalthea and Actaea could go well at very tasty odds and I couldn’t put punters off any of the aforementioned trio however course and distance winner and oldest horse in the lineup, Born To Finish, looks an interesting shout. The veteran had been pretty poor recently but showed a glimmer of hope with a much better performance here at Kempton last time over six furlongs. His most recent victories came over seven furlongs so a return to this trip should be a positive and now off an 11lb lower mark than when claiming his latest win he’s weighted to go well. With the added bonus of a fair draw and a very eye-catching jockey booking in David Probert his current double figure price looks too good to turn down for punters looking for an each way bet tonight.
written by Rory Paddock