All weather action is the name of the game today with meetings at Lingfield and Wolverhampton in the afternoon and Kempton later this evening. It might be just as well as Hurricane Gonzalo continues to blow up a storm and it will be interesting to see how the runners handle the inevitable kick back on the sand and tapeta.
The Class 3 Conditions Stakes at Kempton is probably the highlight of the all-weather fun at 7.00, where the once raced Yodeling puts his unbeaten record on the line for Charlie Appleby and William Buick. The Godolphin filly was a very impressive 2 1/2 length debut winner at this track over 7 furlongs last month and should improve even more stepped now stepped up in trip.
Her task has been made easier with the withdrawal of the more experienced colt Sharp Sailor this morning so it looks like being left to Sylvester Kirk’s Carry On Deryck to give her most to do. Felix De Vega looks up against it on his all-weather debut despite a good effort at Nottingham last time, whilst Hambletts looks totally outclassed on all known form.
National Hunt fans will get their fix from Exeter today with the first off at 2.10 and there is some good races to enjoy, particularly the Beginner’s Chase at 3.10 where some talented hurdlers make their first foray over the larger obstacles. On what could be a very good day for the Paul Nicholls yard, Far West is probably the most interesting of the nine runners with Sam Twiston-Davies in the saddle.
A two time Triumph Hurdle Trial winner, the now 5yo beat all bar the brilliant Our Conor in the big one itself in 2013 before finishing behind Melodic Rendezvous in a Grade 2 at Wincanton. His hurdling career ended with some poor runs at the tail end of last season and it will be interesting to see how he takes to fences today.
Up against Nicholls’ charge is the Grade 2 winner and Supreme Novices 5th Puffin Billy, as well as the injury plagued Dunraven Storm, who will also be taking their first jumps over fences in public for Oliver Sherwood and Philip Hobbs respectively.
Exeter: Good to soft, Good in places – First race 2.10
Lingfield: Standard – First race 2.00
Wolverhampton: Standard – First race 2.20
Kempton: Standard – First race 5.30
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