Burrows' newcomer looks of interest
18:30 Kempton - Back Thumur @ 7.206/1
Constant rain which produces bottomless ground doesn't make life easy in the quest to find a winner - perfectly illustrated by Newbury's Friday card. If anyone found one on that fixture, well done.
Therefore I am swerving what's left of the turf racing (following the two abandoned fixtures) in exchange for Kempton on Monday evening, and a rarity for today, a bet on a newcomer.
I am going to have a small stakes play here on the Owen Burrows-trained Thumur - who lines up in a strong-looking maiden.
Firstly, it's a bit of a guessing game, but onside we know this horse is by a top stallion in Golden Horn and he hails from the wonderful Juddmonte family that includes Father Time, Passage Of Time and Timepiece.
He'll have to be a decent horse to win first up, but he's bred to be one and Burrows is a very streaky trainer, who has had a couple of winners in the last 10 days.
Drawn in one, he makes a bit of appeal.
Soldier's can take advantage of an easier grade
19:30 Kempton - Back Soldier's Minute @ 5.04/1
Sprinter Soldier's Minute has been keeping good company this season, and Monday's engagement at Kempton in a 0-95 will be slightly calmer waters than of late.
He ran in a cracker in the Ayr Gold Cup when not beaten far. The pace caught him out a little there, as he was too far out of his ground to make an impact - and the scenario wasn't ideal for a horse who likes to be up there with the speed.
He's 4lb lower from his peak rating in the summer, and he's a fascinating switcher to the all-weather for only his third run on the surface. His first outing around Kempton was a successful one, and he bolted up by four lengths back in March.
Soldier's Minute is drawn well in three and he does stay on in his races. The soft ground didn't suit him last time, as he is a horse with a good burst of speed, so hopefully Keith Dalgleish's charge can get back to winning ways.
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