Kempton Placepot: Saturday February 23

Paul Nicholls could have the winner of Saturday's feature race with Rolling Aces

The best of the action comes from Kempton and that is where Tony McFadden heads for Saturday's attempt at the Placepot...

Paul Nicholls' Rolling Aces boasts some of the strongest handicap form about this season by virtue of his win at Newbury on Hennessy day and he is capable of better upped in trip to three miles...

13:30- Midnight Sail turned in a rare poor effort at Plumpton last time, but the ground was extremely testing and it may be worth forgiving Alan King's ten-year-old for that run. Midnight Sail is largely consistent and had been in good heart prior to last month's lapse; it is worth including him in the Placepot. Filbert's rather patchy record over hurdles is a slight concern, but he made a successful start over fences and may be open to further improvement in this sphere, so he also makes the perm.

14:05- Chris Pea Green was an authoritative winner at Huntingdon recently and, representing a yard that continues to fire in the winners, he looks to hold strong claims of notching another victory. The manner in which he powered clear, despite taking a keen hold in the early stages, was certainly eyecatching and he is the first horse we turn to. Vasco du Ronceray's form behind Far West looks solid and, though subsequently unable to justify his odds-on status at Doncaster, he is capable of making his presence felt on a track that should play to his strengths.

14:40- Potentially a tricky little contest to negotiate, but we will take a chance and select our only banker of the day in the shape of Molotof. Nicky Henderson's grey possibly enjoyed the run of the race at Warwick last time, racing prominently in a messy affair, but he impressed with his jumping and his attitude, so he should make a bold bid to supplement that success.

15:15- Plenty of potential improvers clash here, but Brick Red sets a useful standard based on his hat-trick of handicap wins and it is not impossible that Venetia Williams' contender will find another chunk of improvement. Lac Fontana is evidently well regarded and he attracted significant support ahead of his British debut at Newbury. Paul Nicholls' juvenile made a good impression, finding trouble at a crucial stage and running on well to finish second, and he remains open to substantial improvement.

15:50- Nacarat is able to compete from a mark only 1 lb higher than the one he defied when romping to an 11-length victory last year, though it is worth mentioning he is now a 12-year-old and his current form has to be taken on chance. This C&D evidently suits Tom George's grey, though, so he is well worth including as he attempts to make the frame in this race for the fifth year in a row. A more likely winner, however, is Rolling Aces. Paul Nicholls' novice boasts some of the strongest handicap form about this season by virtue of his win at Newbury on Hennessy day and he is capable of better upped in trip to three miles.

16:25- David Pipe's Katkeau has shaped significantly better than the bare result on both starts since arriving from France and he looks to have plenty in his favour here. Undoubtedly well handicapped on his French form, Katkeau probably needs a rise in the weights if he is to creep into a race at the Festival, and he would appear to have a great chance of achieving that. Kaylif Aramis is also one to keep onside, even though the horse he beat last time, The Bear Trap, was a disappointment last week. Nigel Twiston-Davies' novice probably isn't as strong a stayer as his brother, Kayf Aramis, and wasn't getting home over three miles. He can continue progressing now operating at his optimum trip.

Selections:
13:30- 1, 3
14:05- 1, 4
14:40- 1
15:15- 1, 6
15:50- 2, 4
16:25- 9, 11
= 32 lines

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