Timeform's Matt Gardner attempts to land the Placepot at Kempton this afternoon...
"It may appear that Rivellino's progress has stalled but he is well worth another chance back on polytrack and rates as a banker..."
14:20 - The opening maiden looks set to develop into an outright battle between Anipa and Devilment, for all that both Wedgwood and Storm Force Ten seem likely to improve upon their previous form. The best policy may be to take on likely favourite Devilment, as he'll probably be carrying most lines, with Anipa in the vague hope of him missing out completely, which in truth seems unlikely but we should make it through anyway.
14:50 - The drop back in trip doesn't look an obvious move for Template but he took a big step forward on his second start and has plenty in hand of those with experience on Timeform weight-adjusted ratings. With none of the newcomers looking anything particularly out of the ordinary on paper Template strikes as being a fairly safe banker.
15:20 - Several of the newcomers in her make plenty of appeal, especially Oh Star, Heho and Amaseena, but they are unknown quantities and preference is for a couple with experience, starting with Spiritual Flame who sets the standard based upon her run at Warwick last time and will be suited by this extra furlong. We're also going to stick in Terhaab, who cost $330,000 as a yearling and was sent off third-favourite for a Newbury maiden that contained both J Wonder and Amazing Maria. She finished only eighth that day but looked badly in need of the experience and it would come as no surprise were she to improve markedly now.
15:50 - The suspicion is that Placidia will come into her own when tackling handicaps over longer trips but she remains capable of improvement in maidens and appeals as being a decent starting point here. It's also worth including Updated, who finished only ninth on debut at Carlisle but put up a really promising effort, travelling smoothly and making progress prior to fading and ultimately looking in need of the race. She was awarded a large Timeform 'P' for that display and certainly looks one to keep on side.
16:20 - Karl Burke's Rivellino makes plenty of appeal in this contest, with three-year-old being unbeaten on this surface and having remained on a workable mark with things not going in his favour on turf over the summer. It may appear that his progress has stalled but he is well worth another chance back on polytrack and rates as a banker.
16:50 - This looks a pretty decent handicap with the majority of the field making some sort of appeal, but the two we most want on side are Madame Vestris and Grendisar. The first mentioned, who cost 350,000 gns as a yearling, has had just the four outings and almost certainly has more to offer whilst Grendisar boasts some solid form, particularly on this surface, and seems sure to run his race.
14:20 - 8
14:50 - 11
15:20 - 10, 12
15:50 - 7, 12
16:20 - 3
16:50 - 3, 6
= 8 lines
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