Nicky Henderson has his team in excellent form and has won this race for the past two seasons, so his representative Chasamax is respected on his hurdles debut. He offered plenty to work on when finishing third in a Worcester bumper on his first start under Rules and could be a different proposition with that initial racecourse experience under his belt.
Celtic Joy made a successful start over fences when winning at Kempton last month and has a good chance on the back of that performance. He was going the right way over hurdles but immediately bettered that form on his chasing debut and a 5 lb rise is not severe. He has more to offer.
Ofalltheginjoints made a successful debut under Rules at Chepstow last month and created a good impression in doing so. He stayed on well to prevail, doing well to recover from a spot of interference, and this step up in trip looks sure to suit. The form of that contest looks solid and he is up to defying a penalty.
Ecu de la Noverie was unable to land a blow on the race-fit winner on his return at Wetherby but kept on nicely to finish second. He ran as well as he ever has at Wetherby, which bodes well for his prospects this season, and he will be suited by this slight step up in trip. He is less exposed than most, is entitled to come on for that effort and could yet do better as a chaser.
The form of Organdi’s success at Ludlow last month has worked out well and the progressive mare might be up to defying an 11 lb higher mark. She is clearly thriving and produced a career-best when winning easily at Ludlow. Theclockisticking could bounce back having had a wind operation, while Morning Vicar is respected on his return, but Organdi is a mare on the up and gets the verdict.
The Kings Baby looked better than ever when winning twice over fences in May and seemed to be in good form when finishing runner-up on her return over hurdles last month. That was a solid effort and she should go close if running to a similar level. Definitelyanoscar has a clear chance on form, but doesn’t seem to be the bravest of battlers, so The Kings Baby looks the better option.
Catch The Cuban didn’t show much on the Flat but the signs have been much more promising over hurdles. He caught the eye when keeping on strongly to finish third at Plumpton and built on that when runner-up at Chepstow last month. He enters handicap company on a fair mark and is open to improvement in this sphere.
12:20 Kempton – Chasamax @ 7/4
12:55 Kempton – Celtic Joy @ 15/8
13:30 Kempton – Ofalltheginjoints @ 5/4
14:05 Kempton – Ecu de la Noverie @ 3/1
14:40 Kempton – Organdi @ 7/1
15:15 Kempton – The Kings Baby @ 5/2
15:50 Kempton – Catch The Cuban @ 4/1