Through The Card: Kempton, Saturday February 25

There are four graded races at Kempton on Saturday
There are four graded races at Kempton on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card at Kempton on Saturday.

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13:15 - COASTAL TIEP (5) didn't quite come up to expectations last time, but it's understandable given the quality on offer in that particular novice event (won by Elegant Escape), so he's well worth another chance to build on the impression made when landing his hurdling debut at this track in November. We probably should take one more in the Placepot, though, with another handicap debutant, ARGANTE (13), preferred over River Frost.

13:50 - Nicky Henderson compared CHARLI PARCS (1) to some of his previous Triumph Hurdle winners earlier this week and the gelding can set himself up for next month's Festival by adding to his impressive C&D win over Christmas, for all he is giving weight to all bar two of his rivals in this Grade 2. Evening Hush brings some very useful form to the table, while Master Blueyes and Flying Tiger are also respected, but Charli Parcs looks strong banker material.

14:25 - Paul Nicholls can continue his domination of this race - he's won seven of the past 10 runnings - courtesy of FRODON (1), who bounced back from his fall in the Kauto Star (Feltham) here over Christmas when readily making all at Musselburgh earlier this month. It's risky banking on any horse in a four-runner race, but we'll take the risk in order to save lines for other legs.

15:00 - RIVER WYLDE (4) has won both his starts over hurdles with a considerable amount in hand and he's bound to be on the premises here, despite the fact he's going up to Grade 2 level. That said, we probably should take a back-up just to be safe, so we'll have ELGIN (2). Captain Forez was seen staying on into second behind Capitaine when last seen in a Grade 2 at Ascot and both are respected.

15:35 - VIVA STEVE (10) was much better than the bare result in the Classic at Warwick last month, his jumping rather falling apart late on and also failing to see out the trip, and he's definitely worth another chance to show he's still got more to offer for his new stable back over three miles. IRISH SAINT (6) is another who found the emphasis too much on stamina last time and we'll take him as insurance, though Double Shuffle arrives on the back of a C&D success for a yard which won this twice with Nacarat in recent years.

16:10 - SIR NOTE (1) showed all his trademark qualities when making a winning return at Leicester in December, and whilst the handicapper has reacted, he looks sure to go well again and earns the vote. Gores Island is a consistent sort who should be thereabouts, whilst Full Shift may well appreciate the drop back to calmer waters from a reduced mark.

16:45 - The weight of support behind CHAMP ahead of last month's debut was relentless, and it wasn't misplaced as he created a deep impression in scoring without coming off the bridle. On that evidence he is more than capable of defying a penalty. Irish Prophecy landed a 'junior' event on debut and will improve for this trip.

Recommendation:

Win back VIVA STEVE in the 15:35 at Kempton

Placepot permutation:

13:15 - 5, 13
13:50 - 1
14:25 - 1
15:00 - 2, 4
15:35 - 6, 10
16:10 - 1

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