We start with a competitive looking handicap to kick us off on Wednesday. The race is over one-mile-two-furlongs with 14 set to go to post.
Jeremy Gask’s three-year-old Putaringonit is the one that takes the most interest. This daughter of Peintre Celebre has a US pedigree suited for this sort of surface and has shaped with promise on her three starts over a mile, which on paper looks an inadequate trip. The extra two furlongs should suit her and the fact that the trainer has put her straight into a handicap on the back of her three maiden starts suggests she is capable off this mark. She’ll be staying on late and could get the business done under Steve Drowne.
Brave Decision was a winner in January at Lingfield over this distance in a claimer but runs 5lb higher than that win but this grey was consistent on his two runs after with finished second twice. He is being set up for this winter all-weather campaign and is likely to need the run on the back of a 280-day absence.
Daniel Loughnane has two runners set to run and Diletta Tommasa looks to be the one with the better chance. This mare was a narrow second to Automotive at Wolverhampton last time and arguably should have won having the clear run she had but was unable to get her head up. She hasn’t won in over a year, which might give a bit of doubt about her.
Weld Arab has risen up the weights and has won over further, so has the stamina for this. Michael Blake only has a small string but returning from a 140-day break is another that may require the run just to sharpen him up. Since leaving Dermot Weld for this yard both wins have come on the artificial surfaces at Wolverhampton and Kempton.
A Listed race is one of the highlights of the day and this mile-and-a-half contest contains some interest.
Hugo Palmer has had a really good season and his unexposed gelding Spanish Squeeze could have more to offer on the back of his narrow second at Chelmsford. In that race he shaped that this extra distance could be the making of him and his pedigree suggests the same. He got off the mark here in his maiden, so the return here could see him go well.
Hamelin was second in a Listed race over course and distance to Missed Call three weeks ago. The handicapper has put him up 5lb for that but he looks able to make his presence felt. He is now in the hands of George Scott after Lady Cecil’s retirement, so it’ll be interesting to see how he goes as the first runner but he seems to have been able to keep the majority of stable staff.
Fire Fighting keeps going for Mark Johnston. After two wins last month he has had two unplaced efforts this month in this sort of company, This looks easier in terms of quality than both of those and with Adam Kirby on board is likely to get a positive ride from stall two.
James Fanshawe has a 27% strike rate at Kempton so far in 2015. His filly Osipova looks to be an improving sort and was a course and distance winner at the start of the month. That was only a Class 3 handicap, so improvement will be needed but she looks to be going the right way. The race could be ran to suit her with her useful draw in stall three allowing her to track the early pace.
We stay at Kempton for a six-furlong handicap where there is one who looks a class horse in the race.
Dean Ivory’s Lancelot Du Lac was able to make all when winning three starts ago and drawn in stall two is likely to be able to make the best of his way home in front. He was outclassed when running in Group 1 company on Champions Day but ran really well on heavy ground at Doncaster to finish third in a Listed race. He’s coming back into a handicap off a 2lb lower mark and Robert Winston may be able to get his head back in front here.
Elis Eliz has been running consistently well and Michael Wigham’s filly got her just reward over course and distance two starts back. She was narrowly beaten off this higher mark at Chelmsford 28-days ago but is one to look at hitting the frame.
Seeking Magic overcame keenness to defeat Acolyte two starts back and nearly made it a double at Wolverhampton last time. Up just 4lb for those two runs see him have claims especially with Ryan Tate claiming 3lb leave him potentially still well-treated. He’ll be ridden near the pace and if settling well he could be the one to pick up the pieces if Lancelot Du Lac goes off too hard in front.
Spicy Jam runs for Marco Botti for the first time after her switch from Italy where she ran well during the summer however how much that form amounts to over here is unclear. The hood is reached for the first time on her British debut and on her runs in Italy she is able to make the running meaning their could be a flare up in front.
Lancelot Du Lac (WIN)