Through The Card: Kempton, Friday 26 October

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There is all-weather racing from Kempton on Friday evening

Timeform take you through the card at Kempton on Friday evening...

"...he is fancied to add to Charlie Appleby's fine record at Kempton (29% strike rate)..."

Timeform on Golden Valour

17:45 - NAWAR (12) is still a lightly-raced gelding who is clearly a touch quirky, but also well regarded by connections having been sent off a short price on his first two career starts. He ran very well last time behind a subsequent winner and should go close again in this opening leg of the Placepot. Al Reeh has had a light campaign this year and may be fresher than some. Wicker is another to consider.

18:15 - GOODWOOD SHOWMAN (8) has been going the right way since having a breathing operation during the summer, making the frame in all four of his starts on the all-weather, including when getting off the mark over C&D in September. He ran at least as well when third from 5 lb higher at Lingfield last time, beaten just half a length, and looks sure to give another good account under Andrea Atzeni, who rarely fails to deliver when the money is down (37% strike rate on favourites).

18:45 - ART SONG (4) is a well-bred expensive colt making his debut for a yard in excellent form. Given the lack of any obviously exceptional opposition, he may be up to making a winning debut. Amjaady makes most appeal of those to have run after a solid third at this course earlier in the month. Basilisk is another debutant that makes some appeal.

19:15 - FLUX CAPACITOR (4) is related to three winners and may be able to make a successful debut in an uncompetitive event. He is entered in the sales next week so connections will be keen for him to be seen in the best possible light. Verve should come on for her Leicester run for all she was ultimately disappointing in an average maiden. Stand N Deliver makes some appeal first time up.

19:45 - GOLDEN VALOUR (1) had been gelded since last seen on a racecourse and continued his race-by-race progression with a fair fourth over C&D two weeks ago, always prominent and keeping on well to be beaten less than three lengths. This looks an open nursery on paper - the top six on weight-adjusted ratings are covered by only 5 lb - but few can boast the same scope for improvement as Golden Valour, especially with first-time cheekpieces on for this handicap bow, and he is fancied to add to Charlie Appleby's fine record at Kempton (29% strike rate).

20:15 - STAR QUALITY (5) shaped better than the bare result when fourth at Newcastle last time, forced to deliver her challenge from further back than ideal in a slowly-run race and doing extremely well, all things considered, to be beaten only three and a quarter lengths. She certainly showed enough to suggest that she could be ready to strike and her victory over C&D in January adds substance to that belief; she is now just 1 lb higher than for that success and 2 lb clear of the field on weight-adjusted ratings in this concluding leg of the Placepot.

20:45 - JOUST (10) finds himself in at a very low level after some disappointing runs in the UK this year. He was a £17,000 purchase last autumn after some creditable efforts in Ireland and, if he returns to anywhere near that form now back on the all-weather, he will be too good for this opposition.

21:15 - EMBER'S GLOW (3) has looked an improved horse since stepped up to middle distances for his new yard and he may be able to gain a deserved first success in the finale.

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