Presumido a player at Kempton
1.45 KEMPTON: BETBRIGHT MONEYBACK OFFERS HANDICAP
All-weather action is the name of the day on Racingfm this afternoon and I think I may have found two at decent prices to go to war with over at Kempton. First up is the Simon Dow trained Presumido in the 1 mile handicap. A horse I have trusted my money with a few times in the past, he may just be worth another go in this pretty open contest.
The 4yo was a two time winner in the Spring at Lingfield but has failed to sparkle since, although he did put up a valiant effort back at that track last time. He found himself stuck for room on that occasion but stayed on gamely when switched to the outside and that makes me think that maybe this step back up to a mile may suit.
Plenty of dangers in the field, but Gracious George is the main one after his course and distance win last time. He is up 3lbs for that effort but still looks well treated on his old form. The consistent Starlight Symphony has dropped to a nice mark again, whilst both Woodbridge and Until Midnight went close last time and only have to deal with a 1lb rise.
2.50 KEMPTON: COME JUMP RACING ON BOXING DAY HANDICAP
A little later on the card we have another wide open handicap, this time over 1m 3f with fourteen set to go to post. Three time course and distance winner Thane Of Cawdor is definitely the one to beat, particularly after his 1/4 length defeat here over a mile and a half last time. He will, however, find it very tough to give weight away to all.
The lightly raced Softly She Treads was a very impressive course and distance winner last time and surely has more to come. The handicapper has been harsh enough on her since in raising her a whopping 8lbs, which may just scupper her attempts to follow up. The 3yo pair of Gracefilly and Fair Comment may also be worth considering.
The one that gets my vote is the very consistent Maison Billet. A course and distance winner back in April, Clive Drew’s charge bounced back to something like his best last time when a narrow second to Planetoid at Lingfield. He was simply outstayed to the line that day but the winner has since went on to score over 2 miles, so that looks like decent form in a very tight handicap.
Kevin Walsh 22/12/14
Photo: John Walton/EMPICS Sport
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