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15:00 Ludlow

A Distant Place defied an eleven month break to win readily at Hereford in November. Although connections warrant careful consideration, he’s dropping down in trip today and has been given a 3 lbs rise for that victory. Moreover, he has to carry almost top weight today. Unless he has untapped potential, it seems a tall order for him to find the winner’s enclosure today.

Black Poppy has been on an upwards climb this season and was finally off the mark, over hurdles, last time out at Hereford. He’s won twice over this distance and the inform Brendan Powell takes the ride. He only just won at Hereford and was gaining weight off his rival, so that is a concern. Moreover, he’s gone down in the ratings. He might have a mountain to climb today.

Coolnaugh Haze won at the second time of asking at Plumpton. He jumped well that day and the form has worked out quite well. All of his siblings, down the lines, have excelled over two mile so that bodes well for him. He’s unexposed and gets bucket loads of weight off his rivals today. It would be disappointing if he didn’t win today.


17:30 Kempton

Baldomero used to be with Joseph O’Brien and now switched to shrewd operator, Mick Appleby. He won on the polytrack at Dundalk and ran creditably well in handicaps. He’s the favourite, at the time of writing, which suggests that he’s well thought of. Frederick Larson takes 3 lbs off and is in nice form. He has quite a lot of unknowns but he’s clearly well supported.

Dynakite has won over course and distance twice and his 5 lbs penalty for his last victory will be countered out by Levi Williams’ claim. He carries the bottom weight today and is due to go up by 3 lbs in the future. He has quite a lot in his favour but the only concern is that he’s stepping up quite a bit in class.

Espresso Freddo was a live chance over course and distance, last time out, when he was travelling well but found an insurmountable wall of horses, which left him with no chance of a run. He’s won and placed multiple times over course and distance and gains a bit of weight off some of his rivals. Connections seem to think he’s none the worse and he doesn’t deserve to be double figures.


written by Kieran McHugh


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