Bets Of The Day: High hopes for Lavelle's Kelly at Kempton

Daryl Jacob (right) could be set for a good afternoon at Kempton
Daryl Jacob (right) could be set for a good afternoon at Kempton

Both of Alan Dudman's selections won at Uttoxeter yesterday, and he's hoping to continue the good run on Monday with a potentially exciting horse at Kempton...


"The 7yo won a Kempton novices' hurdle by nine lengths in 2014 from a mark of 130. Andy Kelly is rated just 1lb higher over the fences, so he could be very well-treated and is fairly exciting."

Back Andy Kelly @ 4.507/2 in the 14:35 at Kempton

13:40 Ludlow - Vertu's handicap mark too good to ignore


There's a saying that you should pick and choose your fights, and hopefully that fits well with Vice Et Vertu - who has a golden opportunity to get his career over fences up and running.

He had talent as a hurdler, and was described as big and backward by his trainer Henry Daly. Therefore it was most disappointing last term, when presented with fences, that he failed to fire in six runs.

Monday's race at Ludlow will be one of the weakest he has contested for some time, and considering he was a 130-rated novice hurdler, he could be thrown in from his mark of 104. He likes soft ground, so the forecast showers will be manna from heaven.

This will be his first outing for 205 days, and his trainer has dispensed with the headgear. From top weight, this 7yo can show himself in a better light.


14:35 Kempton - Watch Kelly's star rise over fences

Emma Lavelle's Andy Kelly was seen on the racecourse just once last season, but it was a good one. He bolted up on his chase debut at Plumpton by six lengths with a fairly exuberant display, with a certain horse called Ar Mad down the field in that race.

Clearly he's had issues, and Lavelle has said the horse just wasn't right two seasons ago. However, he has a lot of natural ability and I have no worries backing him after 399 days on the sidelines.

2m4f looks his ideal trip and ground doesn't seem to be a problem. He's capable of some emphatic performances - with three wins at 22, nine, and six lengths in his fledgling career to date.

The 7yo won a Kempton novices' hurdle by nine lengths in 2014 from a mark of 130. Andy Kelly is rated just 1lb higher over the fences, so he could be very well-treated and is fairly exciting.

Lavelle has won this race twice in the last decade.


Monday's Recommended Bets

Back Vice Et Vertu 0.5pt @ 6.05/1 in the 13:40 at Ludlow
Back Andy Kelly 0.5pt @ 4.507/2 in the 14:35 at Kempton


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Weekly P/L: -0.93*

Previous week: -5.25

*Grove Silver win settled at 7/4 SP rather than 5.509/2 due to three non runners on Sunday.

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