Bets Of The Day: Beckett's Sixpence can show true worth at Kempton

Trainer Ralph Beckett sends out Haaf A Sixpence in the Kempton finale
Trainer Ralph Beckett sends out Haaf A Sixpence in the Kempton finale

With some decent handicaps to look forward to for Monday's all-weather card at Kempton - Alan Dudman goes in search of a winner in one of the big races of the day...


"The 7yo has a good strike-rate on all-weather tracks (4-12), and he acts around here. But the big factor is that he could get an easy lead in the race, as there are very few front-runners in the line-up."

Back Haaf A Sixpence @ 10.09/1 in the 17:20 at Kempton

16:50 Kempton - Sam can be the man for Muscutt


The 1m3f London Middle Distance Final is the big race of the day at Kempton - and the contest worth £55,000 in total has attracted a good field.

I'm greatly interested in James Fanshawe's Sam Missile - a promising colt with a lot of natural ability, and one who can travel sweetly. He showed just that when he scored at Kempton in September; a race where he displayed his smooth style to win a tactical handicap.

He was beaten last time in one of the qualifiers for this final, but he ran well with a penalty - finishing three lengths behind Hugo Palmer's Mengli Khan, and he wasn't disgraced.

The 3yo won his maiden at the track by six lengths, and he's 2-3 at the Sunbury venue. His jockey Daniel Muscutt was very complimentary about him when scoring two months ago.

The colt will travel as well as anything in this contest, and the fact he's lightly-raced and has done a bit of growing up in his few turf runs means there should be more to come from a potentially useful all-weather horse.


17:20 Kempton - Sixpence could make us richer with win


With the Kempton all-weather track still riding on the slow side, it should pay to be handy in this 7f contest - and Haaf A Sixpence gets the nod in a fairly open handicap.

It was a tight call, as Baddilini is very well-treated from his current mark, and he went close recently when I tipped him at Chelmsford. He was a big price that day and was done at 1.271/4 in the run.

However, Haaf A Sixpence shaped really well at Ascot over 1m in September, and that was his first run for 11 months. He was in contention until two furlongs from home, but the lack of fitness told when he emptied at the end. That was 31 days ago - so he has match sharpness now.

The 7yo has a good strike-rate on all-weather tracks (4-12), and he acts around here. But the big factor is that he could get an easy lead in the race, as there are very few front-runners in the line-up. The selection did score at Newmarket from the front in 2015, and his mark isn't insurmountable from 85.


Monday's Recommended Bets

Back Sam Missile 0.5pt @ 6.05/1 in the 16:50 at Kempton
Back Haaf A Sixpence 0.5pt @ 10.09/1 in the 17:20 at Kempton


Weekly P/L: -2.25

Previous week: +0.50pts

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