Seven races. Three picks and hopefully a winner or two. What’s not to love?
Sebastopol readily surpassed his previous hurdling exploits to make a winning handicap debut at Wincanton last month, and a subsequent 10 lb rise may not be enough to prevent him following up. Tom Lacey’s charge was making his return to the racecourse after 10 months off – in which time he had been operated on for a kissing spine – but showed no signs of rustiness as he blew his rivals away to win by seven lengths.
He is still a raw talent but has loads of ability and looks an exciting prospect. Sofia’s Rock should come on for his reappearance at Kempton and may give the selection the most to do.
Fr Humphrey made it third time lucky for the Neil Mulholland yard in a Fontwell novice hurdle in August and almost followed up over fences last month but was narrowly denied by Vendredi Trois at Kempton. The two meet again here and Fr Humphrey is taken to reverse that form on 1lb better terms.
Fr Humphrey also has claimer Harry Reed aboard, who will be taking a further 3lb off his back, and his claims are obvious.
Witches Glen made an encouraging start to life over fences when finishing fourth at Plumpton on her return, taking a big step forward on what she had shown over hurdles. She pulled hard at Plumpton, but was still finding plenty when a mistake at the last scuppered any chance of victory.
On that evidence this drop back in trip should suit Pat Phelan’s lightly-raced mare, and she is entitled to progress further over fences. Blue N Yellow stayed on nicely on his chasing debut at Market Rasen and may yet do better over fences. He could pose the greatest threat.
*Prices correct at time of publishing