Brazen Belle might appreciate the step up in trip on her AW debut but the key piece of form is the 1m course novice contest in which Party Spirit, Wisper and NEW HEIGHTS finished second, third and fourth last month. The last-named, making her debut that day, is just preferred in a tricky opener.
The weaker-looking division. VALLEY OF FLOWERS showed up nicely in front for over three-quarters of her Pontefract debut, however, and the draw couldn’t have been any more encouraging for any intended repeat of those tactics down in trip here. Sea Of Charm and last-time C&D nursery scorer Daphne May offer meaningful course form, whilst She’s A Lion is the more intriguing of the two debutantes.
This represents a drop in grade for Amor De Mi Vida and she should give it a good go from the inside stall, while Luckiness is open to improvement, Razor Glass should appreciate the surface and there are some interesting newcomers. ASTIMEGOESBY has yet to build on his debut promise but he’s had a wind operation and been gelded since last in action and he could be the answer.
Thapa Vc shaped with plenty of promise here on his debut and needs taking very seriously but in an uncompetitive event DANDYS DERRIERE may be able to defy his penalty. Progressive prior to a lesser run at Ascot last time, the addition of a tongue-tie could see him resume winning ways. Kartvelian could prove best of the rest.
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Some potential improvers in the line-up, headed by Deliberate Attackp Broad Stripes and Code Of Silence, but STUDY THE STARS has shown enough to think a similar race could fall his way and he had an excuse when only fourth over C&D last time.
The thriving 3yo Last Surprise still has potential and a 4lb rise for her smooth win at Pontefract looks manageable so she’s high on the shortlist. Atalanta’s Boy isn’t handicapped out of things either and can go well, while Deputise ought to benefit from the return to the AW. The vote goes to TINTO, however, with Amanda Perrett’s 4yo set to appreciate this ease in grade and return to 6f. He’s won off this mark already this year and has a C&D win on his resume to boot.
Island Warrior looked promising when scoring here on his return from a lengthy absence and he needs serious consideration on his handicap debut. Strong Power and Vandad have claims on their best form but BRUNEL’S BOY showed this mark was in range when second at Sandown and he still has potential as a sprint handicapper.
Down from Class 2 and effectively all that stops this from being a 0-80 contest (albeit a well-stocked one), Midrarr’s appeal is plain to see, though the draw hasn’t been kind. DUSK has both stall one at her disposal and a mark unchanged despite posting another personal best in a last-gasp defeat at Yarmouth last time, and she just gets the nod. Progressive and Rozalia could take a hand if this turns into a true enough test at the trip.
Dereham can improve for this first experience of 2m and is respected but the Lingfield handicap in which BEAT THE HEAT (nap) finished ahead of Go Bob Go and Anisoptera could prove the key formline. Jim Boyle’s 3yo has since followed up at Nottingham and escapes a penalty for that win. He is taken to complete his hat-trick.
The Racing Post’s tips at Kempton on Friday
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