Timeform Shortlist: Kempton, Wednesday December 13

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"He’s taken to build on that and strike at the third time of asking..."

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3.40 Bethany & Theodore Fitchie Novice Stakes (5) 6f

Timeform Top Rated:
87p 8. AZPEITIA Ralph Beckett Richard Kingscote
81p 5. MONADEE Roger Varian Jack Mitchell
64 3. CLOUD EIGHT Marco Botti Daniel Muscutt

Analyst's Verdict:
The strength behind Monadee in the betting here a couple of weeks ago suggests he's held in reasonable regard by his leading stable and he's taken to build on that and strike at the third time of asking. Azpeitia made a pleasing start to her career at Doncaster last month and is likely to progress, while Dubai Acclaim and Breathless Times are newcomers who make appeal on paper.


4.10 Better Odds With Matchbook Nursery Handicap (5) 7f

Timeform Top Rated:
88 1. DANCE EMPEROR Ed Walker Luke Morris
85 2. IS IT OFF Gary Moore Adam Kirby
84 9. BOMBSHELL BAY Richard Hannon Tom Marquand

Analyst's Verdict:
Dance Emperor registered an improved effort when runner-up over this trip at Chelmsford recently and a reproduction of that form might be enough to see him go one better here. Beautiful Artist hails from a leading stable and is a potential improver now switching to a nursery. Is It Off and Mr Gent are others who could fare better now tackling handicap company.


4.40 Matchbook VIP Novice Stakes (5) (D.I) 1m

Timeform Top Rated:
89p 12. TUM TUM Martyn Meade Josephine Gordon
87p 13. DORELLA Eve Johnson Houghton Charles Bishop
86p 1. RUSPER Jamie Osborne Dougie Costello

Analyst's Verdict:
Tum Tum showed plenty of promise amidst inexperience on his Newmarket debut and could have plenty of improvement in him. He gets the nod ahead of last month's Lingfield scorer Rusper and recent Wolverhampton debut fourth Dorella. Sovereign Duke is a newcomer who appeals on paper and would also enter the reckoning if the market speaks in his favour.


5.10 Matchbook VIP Novice Stakes (5) (D.II) 1m

Timeform Top Rated:
95p 6. HIGHBROW David Simcock Jamie Spencer
77 3. BLACK MEDUSA Paul Cole Raul Da Silva
72p 9. SHAKOUR John Gosden Robert Havlin

Analyst's Verdict:
Highbrow made a promising start to his career over C&D a fortnight ago and will likely be tough to beat with improvement on the cards. Returning Glory is a half-brother to a couple of smart performers and is expected to figure on debut, particularly if the market speaks in his favour, while Shakour is in top hands and should build on last month's Wolverhampton debut.


5.40 Smarter Bets With Matchbook Maiden Stakes (5) 1m

Timeform Top Rated:
88 3. HUMBERT Hugo Palmer Josephine Gordon
87+ 14. PURE SHORES Ian Williams P. J. McDonald
85 10. SECRET RETURN Karen George Luke Morris

Analyst's Verdict:
Humbert wasn't disgraced in a valuable sales race at the Curragh when last seen, and there could be more to come from him on first start since being gelded. Maximinus Thrax is an appealing newcomer, while Pure Shores is another who needs monitoring in the betting making his stable debut.


6.10 Close Brothers Business Finance Handicap (6) 7f

Timeform Top Rated:
85p 2. DESERT FOX Mike Murphy Shane Kelly
84 3. HAPPY ESCAPE Neil Mulholland Adam Kirby
83 6. VIXEN Eve Johnson Houghton Edward Greatrex

Analyst's Verdict:
Desert Fox showed much improved form when runner-up on handicap debut at Wolverhampton last month, and he looks well up to going one better from this sort of mark, with this step up in trip likely to suit. Happy Escape and Vixen may emerge as the main threats.


6.40 Download The Matchbook App Handicap (4) 1m7f218y

Timeform Top Rated:
96 7. ISAAC BELL Alex Hales Luke Morris
95+ 8. DESERT GOD Richard Hughes Stephen Cummins (7)
94 11. ARISTOCLES Nikki Evans Charles Bishop

Analyst's Verdict:
Sunblazer wasn't seen to best effect over a trip short of his best last time, and he's still well treated judged on the form he's shown on this surface in the past so he earns the vote. Isaac Bell is best excused his last effort and enters the reckoning, while Desert God lurks on a potentially good mark and shouldn't be ruled out.


7.10 Matchbook Betting Podcast Handicap (4) 1¼m219y

Timeform Top Rated:
107p 11. ENFOLDING James Fanshawe Adam Kirby
105 3. GENERAL HAZARD Archie Watson Edward Greatrex
103+ 1. FIRST FLIGHT Heather Main P. J. McDonald

Analyst's Verdict:
Enfolding ran out an impressive winner when last seen at Wolverhampton in March, and he appears as the type to go on improving after a break for his shrewd handler. General Hazard should remain competitive back in handicap company, while First Flight is lurking on a good mark now and has to be respected.


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