A warm welcome to this week’s Preview which comes from Kempton Park as I focus on the several graded races that are on offer throughout the afternoon’s card. Many Cheltenham clues will be on offer so sit back and enjoy!
1.50 (Pendil Novices Chase) (Grade 2) (2m 4f 110y)
The Pendil Novices Chase is where i’ll kick this week’s preview off, a Grade 2 Novice Chase that’s contested over a distance of two miles and four furlongs. The race has only attracted a four runner field and my idea of the winner of said four comes in the form of SECRET INVESTOR for Paul Nicholls. He’s got quite a bit to find with Bags Groove on their last meeting however the latter now has five pound swing in the weights and comes here representing a stable in red hot form.
WIN: SECRET INVESTOR (13/8)
2.25 (Adonis Juvenile Hurdle) (Grade 2) (2m)
The Adonis Hurdle is up next a Grade 2 contest for Juveniles that’s ridden over a distance of two miles. This year’s renewal has thrown up a fiercely competitive affair with many of the line up holding viable chances. Fusil Raffles, Ecco, Giving Glances and Petit Palais will all be popular however i’m going to take a chance on PROTEKTORAT for Dan Skelton. He finished a promising second in Listed company at Auteil before coming over here, it hasn’t quite gone to plan in two starts at Cheltenham but there should be a lot more to come and this track may suit him a lot better.
EACH WAY: PROTEKTORAT (10/1)
3.00 (Dovecote Novices Hurdle) (Grade 2) (2m)
One of the most eagerly anticipated races of the day comes at 3.00pm and that’s of course the Dovecote Novices Hurdle. The race revolves around one horse and it’s that horse of whom I think will win the contest and that’s the Nicky Henderson trained ANGEL’S BREATH. Battling for favouritsm for the Supreme at Cheltenham in March it would be somewhat a shock should he not put in a convincing performance here to enhance his festival claims. The main threat looks to be the smart dual purpose horse Scarlet Dragon for Alan King.
WIN: ANGELS BREATH (4/5)
3.35 (888Sport Handicap Chase) (Grade 3) (3m)
It’s the Grade 3 888Sport Handicap Chase where i’ll be concluding my punting at Kempton Park this Saturday. This three mile affair is a very competitive one as to be expected, with a field of whom a case could be made for most. Talkischeap, Adrien Du Pont and Rather Be all look key players however the one i’ve sided with is the ever improving GLEN ROCCO for Nick Gifford. He won in very taking style here the last day and there’s no saying quite how good he could be, he does have a rather sizeable 14 pound rise to deal with however I still think this race looks another nice opportunity for him with Leigthon Aspall on board this time.
WIN: GLEN ROCCO (4/1)