With Carlisle boasting several big-field handicaps and Salisbury opening with four maidens we're off to Kempton this evening for the placepot...
Communicator has looked a potentially useful handicapper since his fourth place effort at Royal Ascot last season but things haven’t quite worked out for the Andrew Balding inmate...
18:20 - An apprentices' handicap is never an easy way to start the placepot and this doesn't offer any exception in what could develop into a trappy affair. Do More Business at least arrives in good form and he looks a solid selection in a race where he is Timeform top-rated, whilst Scarborough Lily is arguably the most likely alternative winner. The pair should be good enough to see us through given their consistency.
18:50 - Steady Gaze is Timeform top-rated and has three from three course-and-distance successes to his name making him a banker selection in the second race. The 11 runners mean that the first three places pay and it would be a surprise if Steady Gaze wasn't to feature in the finish at a course he clearly acts well around.
19:20 - The maiden doesn't looks a particularly pleasant affair with so many unraced types, but of those we're going to side with Salutation who represents powerful connections and has the interesting jockey booking of Kieren Fallon. Snowboarder, from Mahmood Al Zarooni's yard, also looks an interesting prospect given his expensive cost as a yearling and those are the two we side with in a race where it could pay to follow the market.
19:50 - Rivas Rhapsody has finished placed in all five of her career starts so far and there is every reason to believe that she can repeat that achievement this evening. She also has two Kempton victories to her name within that period and she rates as our second banker of the day. The drop back down in trip shouldn't pose too many problems and, with nine runners, she's a confident selection.
20:20 - Just the two runners in the fifth leg and we may as well take the pair and cheer on the underdog, that underdog being Woodland Mill against favourite Janoub Nibras.
20:50 - Communicator has looked a potentially useful handicapper since his fourth-placed effort at Royal Ascot last season but things haven't quite worked out for the Andrew Balding inmate. He has shaped well for Balding on his two starts this season having left Michael Bell and the feeling is that Communicator still has plenty more to offer over middle distances. He heads the Timeform ratings for the finale at Kempton and is the main choice. Sand Skier is the other who gets the go ahead after his useful recent record on the polytrack for Hans Adielson. His latest start marked his best effort for quite some time and he comes here in good form in a race where some of his rivals have question marks.
18:20 - 3, 8
18:50 - 1
19:20 - 8, 10
19:50 - 3
20:20 - 1, 3
20:50 - 2, 14
= 16 Lines