We start by the English Channel at Brighton for a 1m3f Handicap where six-runners are set to go to post.
The horse I’m siding with is one in-form and runs for the Mayor of Newmarket. The grey Roy Rocket has won on both of his starts here at the track, which is a major positive. He was a good second at Lingfield 21 days ago when coming from off the pace, in usual fashion, but that isn’t something you usually see at that venue with front-runners coming to the fore. He has gone up 2lb for that run however in this company and with his form, he sets a good standard after previous well-timed runs here.
Cabuchon and Sandy Cove would both set good standards if this was being ran at an all-weather venue. The former looks the most likely danger He runs off the same mark of 50 as when 2nd on the all-weather last time out in an Amateur Riders Handicap. His previous run was in Guernsey when he was a beaten odds-on favourite. The only worry is he isn’t one known for his winning. Sandy Cove does have solid form here, one run was a 3rd behind Mark Johnston’s Fire Fighting. For me it looks as if the handicapper has got the measure of him
Both of the mentioned horses would need to transfer their best all-weather form to have a chance, but have rarely shown form on turf.
Roy Rocket (WIN)
We take a long trip and cross the border to Scotland for the next selection in a six furlong sprint Handicap.
A five-year-old on the up is Manatee Bay, who was a winner last time out for David Nicholls at Carlisle. He has gone up 4lb for that success and you cannot knock an in-form sprinter. However my only concern would be that he is yet to build on a win by following up a success.
The veteran of the race is 11-year-old Rasaman, who was 2nd to Manatee Bay at Carlisle. He followed that up two days later with a 3rd here behind Economic Crisis. After a break of two weeks he’ll come here fresh, however a draw of stall ten may be a slight concern. His trainer Jim Goldie recorded a victory on Monday when 13-year-old Dhaular Dhar won at Thirsk.
Linda Perratt’s Rock Canyon is one that could go well after his 2nd here last time out six days ago. He was only ¼l behind the winner Munjally but the handicapper has dropped him to 65, which looks to be a tempting mark and is one only 3lb higher than his win at Ayr last month. From a low draw, off a fair mark he could provide some nice value.
Viva Verglas, for me is a five furlong horse, his four efforts at this trip have seen him finish 2nd on three occasions. He is one to watch to see what the market suggests. David Brown’s sprinters are in good form and he has booked Hector Crouch to claim 7lb off Mufallet. His last win was here at the track off a mark of 75. With the claimer on board he is down to 73 and could strike from a winnable mark.
Rock Canyon (E/W)
Our final selection comes on the polytrack at Kempton. For this race over seven furlongs there will be a strong pace set as Conor Dore’s City Of Angkor Wat is in the line-up and only knows how to go forward. His last win was over course and distance in March when making all. He runs off a mark only 1lb after four disappointing efforts since that win.
Ian’s Memory is the most interesting runner in the field. Jeremy Noseda’s four-year-old has generally raced at a mile to one mile-two furlong trips. This is his first attempt at this trip and one, which his pedigree suggests he should thrive. His dam was a Grade 2 winner over this trip, so there is some back class in the family. That further boosts his claims on a synthetic surface. The first-time blinkers will hopefully bring the best out of him and the draw in stall one should help see him prominent.
Rouge Nuage and Mon Cigar are two worth mentioning. This is the formers best trip but doesn’t bring much Kempton form. The handicapper seems to keeping a close hold on him. Mon Cigar can be forgiven for his comeback run here 44 days ago. That was over a mile, which clearly didn’t suit. For this race he is back down to his preferred trip. At the end of last year he recorded two seconds at Lingfield over seven furlongs and could come good under useful apprentice Cam Hardie, who takes 3lb off. With that taken off the horse is down to an attractive mark.
Ian’s Memory (WIN)