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Paul Nicholls: The verdict on my Saturday runners at Kempton

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Cheltenham is over but Paul keeps on trucking with a five-strong team at Kempton for the Saturday card. Here are his thoughts on that team...

"Romain de Senam is in great form at home, appreciates good ground and though this trip of two miles, four and a half furlongs is further than he has gone before I don't think it is an issue."

13:30 - Trevasani

Sent to us four months ago after running on the flat for David Lanigan. He is now ready for a run after taking a bit of time to get used to our training routine.

Trevasani was a progressive stayer on the flat, showing a preference for fast ground in winning at Haydock and also twice at Kempton. While he has taken well to hurdles in schooling sessions I'd expect him to improve for the run.

He wore blinkers on the flat so I've left them on him.


14:05 - Clic Work

Has taken a big step forward over fences, winning both times with something to spare and is best going right-handed.
I've been waiting for the better ground for Clic Work, a fine big horse who was a bit weak last season and too keen for his own good.

He just needed time to mature and seems to be getting the hang of things now.


14:40 - Brio Conti

This is plan B for Brio Conti as I was hoping he might get into the Martin Pipe race at Cheltenham on Friday. But he failed to make the cut there so this is a handy alternative for a horse who won really well last time at Doncaster.

While it is a tough ask for a novice against experienced campaigners this does have the shape of a limited handicap and he has to have a fair chance off a mark of 135 on the better ground that he enjoys.


15:15 - Romain de Senam

I was mortified that Romain de Senam didn't get into the Close Brothers Handicap at Cheltenham on Tuesday on a technicality.

I felt he was one of my best chances of the week and it is ridiculous to think that if the race had been held 24 hours later on the Wednesday he would have been able to run.

Romain de Senam is in great form at home, appreciates good ground and though this trip of two miles, four and a half furlongs is further than he has gone before I don't think it is an issue.

I am more worried about Kempton being right-handed as he tended to jump left when he won at Leicester.


16:25 - Pilansberg

Won nicely at Fakenham before finishing in the rear at Cheltenham where he choked and struggled with his breathing. We ran a few tests afterwards and discovered that he had an entrapped epiglottis. He has had surgery to put that right and is now ready for his first run back under a 6lbs penalty.

Pilansberg is short of experience over hurdles and I would expect him to come on for the run before maybe tackling handicaps.

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