Through The Card: Kempton, Monday 22 October

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There is all-weather racing from Kempton on Monday evening

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

"He certainly showed enough to suggest that he is up to winning a race of this nature..."

Timeform on Silver River

17:40 - BROUGHTON EXCELS (5) was having just his second start of the season when accounting for Hurricane Alert over C&D last time and there's a good chance this lightly-raced three-year-old has more to offer. Alaskan Bay is also heading in the right direction and is feared along with another last-time-out winner Carlovian.

18:10 - BLUE MOUNTAIN (2) has displayed a fairly useful level of ability in finishing placed in both of his starts so far, including when third over an extra furlong here three weeks ago. Admittedly, that was a fairly disappointing effort given the promise of his debut, when beaten just a nose at Chester, but it is still the best form on offer here and he looks sure to take all the beating, with the way he travelled through the race suggesting that the drop back to seven furlongs won't be an issue (may yet do better still).

18:40 - PENNYWHISTLE (1) was disappointing when last seen finishing down the field in the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket in August, but she had looked a good prospect in two previous starts, shaping well on debut here before getting off the mark next time, and is fancied to get her career back on track after a break in this third leg of the Placepot. Ralph Beckett's Desirous heads the list of dangers in the absence of Imperial Charm.

19:10 - LADY LAWYER (10) is related to some talented performers in the US and gets the nod here on debut for John Gosden, with those to have raced before not setting the bar all that high. Exoptable and Bint Soghaan also make plenty of appeal on paper, in a race where the market is sure to provide plenty of clues.

19:40 - ABUJA (6) rates a potential improver now handicapping and might be worth chancing in what looks an open heat. Cobweb Catcher was beaten under a length over C&D last week and is likely to be on the premises again, while Eye of The Water was out of his depth last time and had won a nursery prior to that.

20:10 - SILVER RIVER (4) shaped with promise when third on his belated debut over C&D three weeks ago, forced to deliver his challenge from further back than ideal and doing really well under the circumstances to finish as close as he did (nearest at the finish, beaten only a length and a quarter). He certainly showed enough to suggest that he is up to winning a race of this nature and - sure to improve with that experience under his belt - there will be a few long faces if he doesn't go one one better in this concluding leg of the Placepot, especially with the Saeed bin Suroor yard in such fine form at present (five winners from last 10 runners, including a pair of Group 1s in Australia).

20:40 - INSURGENCE (7) has a good record on the all-weather, including a win over C&D in June, and shaped much better than the bare result when sixth after nine weeks off at Chelmsford last time, left poorly placed in a race where those ridden prominently dominated from start to finish. It would certainly be unfair to judge him too harshly on that and the pick of his previous efforts set a clear standard on form here, so he looks worth backing for the James Fanshawe yard that is enjoying a terrific end to the season.

21:10 - COOL STRUTTER (9) has looked much more like his old self since joining the John Spearing yard and a 6 lb penalty for last week's Brighton success may not stop him if turning up in similar form. Olaudah went close in similar events for this yard last winter and should go well if primed for his return, while Watch Tan wasn't disgraced behind the selection at Brighton and has regularly been thereabouts off this mark.

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