There's an interesting card at Kempton this afternoon and that's where we head for Monday's attempt at the Placepot.
Point winner Adam du Breteau would have bettered his hurdles form had he completed on his chasing bow at Fontwell last month, unseating four out when still going well, and he's an obvious player if building on that promising effort.
13:00- Those with form over hurdles don't set an especially high standard, so this looks a good opportunity for well-bred newcomer Imperial Presence. Imperial Presence is a half-brother to useful chaser Generous Ransom, and hails from an in-form yard well capable of readying one first time out, so he makes plenty of appeal on debut. It's also worth including Lettheriverrundry as he created a good impression when scoring on his bumper debut last year, and is worth forgiving a slightly disappointing effort on his only subsequent start.
13:30- Fortunate George looked a decent prospect when landing a 13-runner Wincanton bumper on debut last term, and although he failed to progress on his next two starts, he could do better now switched to hurdles and faced with a stiffer test. We will also include Point winner Mountain Eagle as he shaped with promise when finishing fourth at Chepstow on his debut under Rules, and he should benefit from this step up in trip.
14:00- Urcalin showed further progress when notching a second chase win at Warwick in October, scoring with something to spare, and he has to enter considerations despite tackling this tougher challenge from a 7 lb higher mark. It's possible that Urcalin is capable of better still and he is the first horse we will include in the Placepot. Harry Fry's lightly-raced chaser Billy Merriott possibly hasn't been the easiest to train, but he looks well handicapped and is in excellent hands, so should also be kept on side.
14:30- Silviniaco Conti is the undoubted class act in this race, but he's almost certainly going to be short on fitness with bigger targets ahead, whilst this test is unlikely to place enough emphasis on stamina, so he is opposed with Brother Tedd. Brother Tedd won a pair of novice hurdles here last term and signed off for the season by landing a competitive handicap at Sandown. He's up 9 lb for that but he remains open to a spot of improvement and makes his return for a yard firing on all cylinders.
15:05- This is an interesting contest but it's difficult to escape the claims of Smad Place who has a good record fresh and boasts the best form on offer. Smad Place failed to win last season, but he was set some stiff tasks against top-class opponents and ought to find this much easier.
15:40- Point winner Adam du Breteau would have bettered his hurdles form had he completed on his chasing bow at Fontwell last month, unseating four out when still going well, and he's an obvious player if building on that promising effort. Adam de Breteau was wearing first-time blinkers at Fontwell and he remains completely unexposed in headgear and over fences.
13:00- 2, 3
13:30- 5, 7
14:00- 3, 6
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