Alan Thompson's best bet of the day obliged at Sandown yesterday. Today he is looking for more winners at Kempton and Carlisle...
"She will relish going back over fences today and I thinks she will return to winning ways"
Back The Kings Baby @ 3/1 in the 15:15 Kempton
The Kings Baby will enjoy her day out at Kempton
15:15 Kempton - The Kings Baby
Harry Whittington's eight-year-old mare was looking like she could be something special back in the spring when she won back-to-back Class 4 handicaps at Stratford and then Cartmel. She then had a break of 152 days and returned to run a solid enough race, finishing second over hurdles at Southwell last month, only beaten a head by a well-backed favourite late on. She will relish going back over fences today and I think she will return to winning ways under the steerage of an eye-catching jockey appointment in the shape of Richard Johnson.
If she is to win this, then the one she will have to get the better of is Definatelyoscar, running for Harry Fry.
The Fry team have been a bit off of late, with no winners from their last 14 runners over the last two weeks and both of Defiantelyoscar wins have come over two miles. She didn't exactly look like she was running on at the end of her last race where she was beaten eight lengths over today's trip lasat time out. In addition to that, this looks a warmer contest, I am happy to take her on today with The Kings Baby.
Pookie Pekan will enjoy being back at Carlisle
15:05 Carlisle - Pookie Pekan
Local trainer Stuart Coltherd's charge Pookie Pekan finished off last season with a good win here over course and distance in what looked a tougher event than this. He returned this season to put in a solid round of jumping to finish second here again off this mark.
Based on those two performances he was sent off favourite for a better race than this at Kempton. Unfortunately, he unseated Sam Coltherd that day after making a mistake at one of the fences while sitting fourth so I'm not sure how involved he would have been in the finish. However, he is back at Carlisle today where he obviously enjoys himself and I expect him to go well.
The current market leader is Le Frank, a seven-year-old gelding for Lucinda Russsell, he is a worthy favourite after winning here over two miles last time out. But I think he will have to improve again if he is to win this off an 8lb higher mark and he is stepping back up half a mile. He has gone over today's distance twice in his career so far and never been within 13 lengths of the winner and the last attempt at this trip was off a 102 he is off 113 today.