Not the best Saturday’s racing I wont lie, but there are still a few Graded races and tasty handicaps knocking about at Kempton to have a pop at. A few big prices will go in tomorrow so there are certainly some tasty each way bets to be had.
I’ll start proceedings off with the 1.50 Grade 2 Juvenile Hurdle which is headed by the highly rated Charli Parcs trading at around 4/7. He is at the top end of the market for the Supreme at Cheltenham and to be honest he shouldn’t have many problems collecting victory here unless Barry Geraghty does anything daft. I think Percy Street could be a huge price at 33/1 to one in this, granted he was beaten at daft odds of something like 1/8 last time out but he was a very decent flat horse and might just run into the frame here.
The 2.25 is another Grade 2, however a chase this time but has another short priced favourite heading the market in Paul Nicholls Frodon trading at around 4/7. Just like Charli Parcs he should be winning this on his route to Cheltenham, a small field with the main danger being Charmix with one of my personal favourite jockeys Noel Fehily on board. Despite Noel’s presence I still think this is Frodon’s race.
Third Grade 2 in a row and its a Novice Hurdle for this one, headed by Paul Nicholls Capitane trading at around 9/4. Sam Twiston-Davies rides. A Grade 2 winner and Grade 1 second which certifies his place at the top of the market however whether he’s going to be as effective on the ground is the chief concern. Therefore my selection in this one is Elgin. A course and distance winner here when beating the highly rated Jenkins on boxing day and was second behind the hugely impressive Neon Wolf at Haydock after. Currently trading at around 4/1 which I think is a great price for him to take this.
The feature next which is the Grade 3 handicap chase. This is a tough one as are the majority of these handicaps but we do get some very good prices which is the positive. I’m a fan of Fingerontheswitch and backed him when he finally got off the mark chasing last month in impressive style and I do fancy him to maybe get in the frame again here and is a good each way at odds of 10/1. Another horse i’m a fan of is Ballykan, he is very quirky and isn’t often the easiest of rides but when he turns up he can be very hard to beat and it might just be worth taking that chance at odds of 11/1. My selection for this is however is Dan Skelton’s Three Musketeers. The Skelton’s have always thought a lot of this horse and he won well last time out and I fancy him to take this too, again he’s a very backable price at 15/2 as I honestly believe that on his day he has the capability to be a Grade 1 horse.