A tough nursery to decipher but maybe it will pay to keep it simple and stick with the in-form BAILEYS BREATHLESS. She is progressing nicely and looks well treated off the same mark as when narrowly denied at Chester last time. Tilaawah finished strongly when an unlucky second at Wolverhampton last month and should give the selection most to think about. Merry Secret is more exposed than most of these but could improve in a first-time visor, while Deise Blue, Show Yourself and Crazy Luck are others to consider.
Any market strength behind the debutant Komachi would be interesting, with the stable having won a division of this race with a newcomer last year, but a couple of these have already shown plenty of ability. Oo De Lally should handle the surface but a 7lb penalty for last month’s shock Newbury win may find him out and preference is for EMBARKED who so nearly made a winning debut at Leicester last month. He is closely related to a couple of AW winners.
Those who have run don’t set the bar that high and it might be worth taking a chance on BORROWED ANGEL making a successful debut. Simon and Ed Crisford have a good bunch of juveniles this season and their newcomer is bred to excel on the AW. Dark Company was a big eyecatcher on his debut at Pontefract and should relish the step up in trip. He is next best ahead of Beijing Billy.
Crown Power arguably has the best form on offer but her behaviour pre-race last time left a bit to be desired and it may pay to stick with COQUETA who showed promise on her debut. Peronista and La Hulotte are others who represent powerful yards and should be better than they showed on their debuts.
There is a chance that Law Of One will blow these away on his handicap debut but he is unlikely to be missed in the market and needs to improve upon his reappearance at Lingfield. He is an inexperienced three-year-old taking on battle-hardened handicappers and might come unstuck. MR TOP HAT has been in good form this summer and could be the answer. He comes from a red-hot stable and William Buick is a positive booking. Francisco Bay and Combine look best of the rest.
The drop in trip is the primary concern for D’BAI but, in terms of pure ability, he is just better than these and should make his class tell at the weights. Jash might get closer to him than he did at Newbury last time and rates the biggest danger, while Harry’s Bar and Glamorous Anna look the pick of the remainder.
A warm handicap in which Aljari has to be a contender given his record on the AW provided he is as effective going right-handed, while Almufti is also interesting and would have made even more appeal from a lower draw, but this may lie between two AW debutants. Tiger Crusade is by a sire with a fine record here and remains open to improvement after just four starts, but preference is for LIGHT AND DARK who may have been unfortunate not to make a winning return at Sandown last month and is also bred to appreciate this surface.
Several course specialists are set to clash and top weight TIPPERARY JACK may be able to add a third C&D success. Juan Les Pins needs to start better than he has been but is respected, along with Busby who has a better chance than his recent form figures suggest.
This is a strong race for the grade and it will be interesting to see how far ROCKESBURY (nap) can go over this trip as it looked to suit him when he won his first attempt at it last week. Swanton Blue is another who is bang in form, while there are hopes for Blue Cable back at 6f and for last year’s winner Terri Rules
The Racing Post’s tips for Kempton on Wednesday
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