Kempton Placepot: Thursday January 24
Tony McFadden attempts to win the Placepot at Kempton this evening...
Returning from a nine-week absence at Kempton last time, Pastoral Jet shaped as if he was still at the top of his game, doing especially well to come third considering he was ridden too aggressively...
16:00- The switch to Michael Appleby's yard has seemingly had a positive effect on Arabian Flight and she is the first horse to make the 'pot'. She has performed with credit on her three most recent outings, finishing second last time, and can once again finish in the places. We will also include Bowstar who, though vulnerable to an improver, has shown fair form for a maiden and isn't too badly treated so is difficult to rule out.
16:35- Pastoral Jet makes the most appeal by some margin and we will bank on him in the second leg. Returning from a nine-week absence at Kempton last time, Pastoral Jet shaped as if he was still at the top of his game, doing especially well to come third considering he was ridden too aggressively. That effort marked him down as one to keep an eye on and he should go close.
17:05- Teen Ager, Invincible Beauty and Compton Target fought out the finish to a contest at this venue earlier in the month, and they could once again be the three to concentrate on here. The winner on that occasion, Teen Ager, often finds less for pressure than you might imagine, but has only been given a 1 lb rise in the weights and should go well again. Compton Target had also performed well on his penultimate start and Milton Bradley's charge is worth supporting for Placepot purposes while he remains in good heart.
17:35-David Elsworth's Great Demeanour sets a fair standard in this maiden and should be relied upon to see us progress in the Placepot. Market support for Marco Botti's newcomer Holy Warrior would be interesting, but, even if that rival proves to be useful, Great Demeanour should still be capable of finishing in the three.
18:05- A competitive affair and we will have to go in mob-handed to try negotiating our way through. Following a couple of hurdles victories and a pair of decent efforts on the Flat, Reaction is the first horse to make the shortlist. It is interesting to see Michael Appleby's runner stepped up to two miles and he appears to be on a fair mark. Also worthy of inclusion is Honourable Knight. He was seen to maximum effect when winning a messy race at Lingfield but, consequently, the handicapper hasn't been too harsh and he looks capable of launching another bold bid. Ginger Fizz took a step forward on her handicap debut when faced with two miles and is by no means fully exposed; she needs to be kept onside, especially with the impressive Jim Crowley taking the ride.
18:35- Only five remain in the final contest and another non-runner would be a cruel blow, meaning that only selecting the winner would be enough to secure Placepot glory. However, as things stand we have two places to aim at and it is difficult to see the consistent English Summer missing out, even allowing for the fact he has to carry a penalty for his recent victory. The application of a tongue-tie seems to have made a real difference to English Summer and, with the benefit of that aid today, he should run his usual solid race.
16:00- 1, 2
17:05- 2, 9
18:05- 3, 4, 9
= 12 lines
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