Kempton host an interesting all-weather card on Wednesday and that is where we head for our Placepot attempt...
15:50- The obvious place to start is with the lightly-raced Leonard Thomas who shaped well when given too much to do at Lingfield last time and is probably still capable of better. The longer Kempton straight ought to suit Leonard Thomas and it would be little surprise were he to show improved form and prove much too good for his rivals.
16:25- Plenty of these come here unexposed and entitled to improve stepping into nursery company, but Gavarnie Encore boasts the strongest form and rates as a solid proposition. Gavarnie Encore got off the mark here in September and shaped as if still in good form when finishing fifth at Wolverhampton next time. He travelled better than most but wasn't ideally placed on that occasion, and is expected to prove better than that run implies. It is also worth including Pat Mustard in the permutation as he showed a good attitude and much-improved form to prevail here last time and could yet improve further.
16:55- Sonnolento was too green to do himself justice on debut, but the form of that maiden has already started to work out, and Andrew Balding's charge sets the standard based on that effort. Andrew Balding's representatives often improve for a run but Sonnolento didn't get much of a chance to prove that here last month as he stumbled and unseated early on. He is well worth forgiving and is likely to go close.
17:25- We again turn to Andrew Balding as his Duretto created a good impression on debut and should prove hard to beat if building upon that encouraging effort. Duretto is a half-brother to the same stable's useful performer Nabatean and he finished with good effect to grab the runner-up spot on debut. That is the best form on offer and, with more to come, he rates as banker material.
17:55- This is quite a tricky puzzle to solve so we'll include both Sweet Selection and Miss Understood in the permutation. Sweet Selection is a half-sister to the smart Guineas runner-up Lightning Thunder, and she showed some promise on debut at Newbury, looking green but running on well to finish sixth. She is joined by Miss Understood as David Simcock's filly improved on her debut run when finishing in mid-division at Windsor, despite still looking rough around the edges, and she ought to carry on progressing.
18:25- Captain Cat is clearly the horse to beat based on his form in Group races during the autumn, though he did have a fairly hard race on heavy ground last time, and, with a potential trip to Hong Kong on the agenda, this isn't the main aim. Sure to be carrying plenty of lines, it could be worth taking the likely favourite on with Prince's Trust and Tenor. Prince's Trust is relatively lightly-raced and displayed a fantastic turn of foot to win readily at Lingfield recently, while Tenor thrived during the summer and produced a career-best effort to finish fifth in the ultra-competitive Cambridgeshire Handicap.
16:25- 3, 13
17:55- 7, 10
18:25- 5, 9
= 8 lines