Through The Card: Kempton Park, Wednesday September 21

There is Flat racing on the all-weather at Kempton on Wednesday evening
There is Flat racing on the all-weather at Kempton on Wednesday evening

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


"Nevertheless, he is clearly held in high regard by trainer Hugo Palmer (contested the Racing Post Trophy on his final outing as a two-year-old)..."

17:40 - WENTWELL YESTERDAY (12) would probably have won over C&D last time with a better draw (had to be switched inside at the start so that he wasn't caught wide) and it shouldn't be long before he wins a nursery, with that being his second second-place finish in a row. Stall three is a much better position to be in here and he should go well from the an unchanged mark. Altiko Tommy idled in front when winning at Chelmsford last time and will be an obvious danger to the selection in this opening leg of the Placepot.

18:10 - ALKASHAAF (1) makes his racecourse debut in the second leg and represents a yard which is beginning to hit top form in the final weeks of the season (seven winners from last 30 runners). He looks one of the better prospects on paper - a half-brother to the useful Ajraam, who made a successful racecourse debut as a three-year-old - and makes most appeal in a race with very little form to go on, Al Mansor the only horse with the benefit of previous experience in the race.

18:40 - FIRST UP (3) fared better than the bare result when fifth on his racecourse debut at York in August, forced to deliver his challenge from further back than ideal after a slow start and then isolated when attempting to make up ground on the far side. He kept going well all things considered and, although he failed to improve when third on his most recent outing at the same venue, First Up gave the impression he remains capable of better than he was able to show that day and can confirm the promise of his initial effort with victory here.

19:10 - ETIKAAL (4) looked in need of the experience when third on his racecourse debut over this C&D 19 days ago, racing quite keenly through the first half of the contest and then looking green when asked for his effort in the final two furlongs. Nevertheless, he finished strongly considering the energy he must have exerted in the early stages and - entitled to improve with that outing under his belt - Etikaal looks by far the most solid proposition with the Placepot in mind here and can open his account at the second time of asking.

19:40 - RIGHT REBEL (8) ran to a fair level when third on his racecourse introduction at this venue last month, keeping on in the closing stages and doing well to be beaten less than two lengths by a fairly useful yardstick. He gave the impression the step up to 1m would see him in an even better light and he can show the benefit of that first outing with a big run in this penultimate leg of the Placepot. Tiercel has been off the track since disappointing at Chelmsford in April, but would be an obvious danger if bouncing back to his best here.

20:10 - MENGLI KHAN (2) has failed to beat a single rival in his first two starts of the current campaign and proved a major disappointment when last sighted on a racecourse at Newmarket in May. Nevertheless, he is clearly held in high regard by trainer Hugo Palmer (contested the Racing Post Trophy on his final outing as a two-year-old) and - given plenty of time to recover from his Newmarket exertions - Mengli Khan looks overpriced and is fancied to take advantage of what remains a potentially lenient mark.

20:40 - CHARLIE BEAR proved better than ever when successful on his most recent outing at this venue and was arguably value for more than the official winning margin. Indeed, he was the only to get within hailing distance of the better-placed runner-up on that occasion and should go well from just 5 lb higher in the weights, with the third that day Nonios also likely to be thereabouts on these terms.

21:10 - OAT COUTURE came as close as she has ever come to winning a race at Bath last time, holding every chance as the field entered the final furlong and simply finding one too good on the day. That represented a return to something like her best form in blinkers for the first time and a similar effort should make her extremely difficult to beat in this final race on this evening's Kempton card.

Recommendations:

Back MENGLI KHAN each way in the 20:10 at Kempton

17:40 - 12
18:10 - 1
18:40 - 3
19:10 - 4
19:40 - 8
20:10 - 2

Placepot permutation:
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