Good card at Kempton tonight and Will Lattimore spins us through the action….
6.10 (1m3f Apprentice Handicap), this should be another winner for the apprentice find of the season Cam Hardie aboard the Lady Cecil-trained GRASPED. This four-year-old filly by Zamindar is unbeaten (3-3) on the all-weather and the only time she disappointed was on the turf at Beverley where she was a well-beaten favorite. She put that effort behind her with a win at Lingfield on the sand next time out and I see no reason why she can`t make it 4-4 on the all-weather tonight.
6.40 (1m4f Fillies Handicap) at first glance I thought this would be difficult to sort out, but it looks like Cam Hardie has a decent chance to make it a double on the James Fanshawe trained SHINING GLITTER. This three-year-old filly is another that has shown her best form on the sand, and was a bit of an eye-catcher last time out where she stayed on very well from an unpromising position to finish a fast finishing fourth behind Grasped over 10f at Lingfield. The step-up in trip should suit and this time Cam Hardie can make full use of his 5lb claim which will certainly come in handy.
7.10 (7f Fillies Maiden), plenty of well-bred horses from big stables line-up here, it may be wise to concentrate on the ones that have racecourse experience and my vote goes to the Roger Varian-trained AJAADAT. This daughter of Shamardal made a respectable racecourse debut over five and half furlongs at Bath back in late June, and gave the impression a step-up to seven furlongs could be what she needs. She was off the bridle quite early but stuck to the task quite well to finish a close second. She is related to recent mile winner Rekdhat who finished second over this C/D the time before so she should have no worries about tonights surface.
7.40 (1m3f 0-80 Handicap) a tight looking contest, I`m going to give the vote to the David Simcock-trained BARYE who returns to the all-weather for the first-time since February where he was an eye-catching winner over 10f at Lingfield. He had showed promise over the same C/D on his racecourse debut the previous month, where he stayed on well from a long way back to finish a closing fifth of 14. He was deserved winner next time out where he was trapped in on the rail at the 2f pole but just got out in time to reel in the leader right on the line. He has done o.k on the turf since then, a decent second last time out behind Solidarity at Windsor reads well but may be able to go one better back on the sand. He looks a solid e/way bet.
8.10 (1m Maiden Stakes) not a race I enjoyed studying, the “fav” has been off the track for 447 days, the second “fav” is a newcomer, the third “fav” has been off the track for 81 days, so maybe the Tim Jarvis-trained ABOVE THE REST could be worth some interest considering he has been on the track in recent weeks and has performed well. A close second at Windsor over a mile wasn`t a bad effort an a reproduction of that effort may see him go close. He has fitness advantage over his main dangers and may be worth a small e/way bet, but not a race I would get too heavily involved in.
8.40 (1m 0-85 Handicap) the Saeed bin Suroor-trained MUSADDAS looks the one they all have to beat now that the head gear has made a big difference to this once quirky customer in the past. This four-year-old gelding had finished runner-up five times before the hood was applied, and although he finished second once again it was a decent effort in competitive contest over this C/D where the form has worked out very well. He won as he liked to break his maiden tag on the turf last timeout at Thirsk and although this will be a lot tougher a reproduction of his second-place finish behind Buckstay will surely see him go very close.
9.10 (1m 0-65 Handicap) an ultra-competitive handicap to end the night, one that usually runs well here is WOOLSTON FERRY but to be honest he needs everything to go his way. He is best in a strongly run contest and looking at his rival`s running styles it`s possible that tonight`s event will be run to suit. A smooth traveler who likes weaving his way through horses could be worth some interest at a double-figured price.
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