Our racing expert has three fancies for the all-weather action at Kempton this evening.
Today’s turf action is pretty unappealing as a betting medium but there are a trio of runners on the Polytrack at Kempton this evening that catch the eye.
William Haggas’ CROQUE MONSIEUR has been hit with an 11lb rise for winning easily on his all-weather debut at Chelmsford 18 days ago, but I doubt that will stop him following up in this evening’s 1m handicap. That was a huge step forward from his previous three efforts in 2018 and it’s clear a summer gelding operation has had the desired effect, while a first-time tongue-tie (back on today) may have helped with his breathing. It’s surely onwards and upwards with him now and Harry Bentley, who made the most of his inside draw to bounce out and make all last time, is likely to repeat the trick from another favourable draw in stall two. King’s Slipper may give him most to do.
JEDHI is one of the least exposed runners in the fillies’ handicap over 1m4f and based on what she’s shown so far, she ought to go close to winning it. Hughie Morrison’s filly has had just four runs in her life and she appears to be getting better with every run. She probably found 1m11/2f too sharp when third at Wolverhampton two starts back and looked far more comfortable when making her handicap debut over this track and trip last time, going down by just a short head to another improver. While she’s up 5lb for that, there is surely more to come from this half-sister to the same stable’s recent Group 2 winner Marmelo and Robert Havlin’s job has been made easier by a kind draw in stall four.
David Lanigan looks to have found another winning opportunity for his ATTICUS BOY, who takes on seven rivals in the 1m3f handicap. The three-year-old has not looked back since returning from a small break over this track and trip in June, winning comfortably off a mark of 66 on that occasion before adding further wins at Wolverhampton and Hamilton, the latter off 10lb higher. He’s since been beaten into second back over course and distance but that has to go down as a career best as the winner, Magellan, is similarly progressive, and the pair finished clear. A genuine sort with the physical scope to keep on improving, he is going to take plenty of beating under regular pilot Stevie Donohoe. Thunder Speed is feared most.
All odds were correct at time of posting.