Saturday 22nd February 2020
Author: Jordan Yates
Today’s Big Race Punts
MASTER TOMMYTUCKER @ 5/2 – 1:15 Kempton
Paul Nicholls’ lightly raced nine-year-old is the class act in this renewal of the Penil Novices’ Chase despite having some jumping issues in his locker. He fell the last day here when travelling well in Grade 1 company, however, he does have course and distance form when claiming a beginners chase here in November. If getting a clear round he should take some beating.
FUJIMOTO FLYER @ 7/4 – 1:50 Kempton
The Adonis Juvenile Hurdle is seen as somewhat as a stepping stone to the Triumph Hurdle and I think Emmet Mullins filly could well enhance her Cheltenham credentials here. She’s a very talented sort as we saw the last day at Auteil when she got the better of a subsequent Grade 2 winner, she is very quirky and has refused to race previously, but if she fancies it here she’s a big player.
SONG FOR SOMEONE @ 2/1 – 2:25 Kempton
It’s not likely that we’ll see any Champion Hurdle winners in this renewal of the Kingwell, however Song For Someone is still a lot more unexposed than most of these. He’s up in grade here but has been progressing nicely thoughout out hot handicaps and was last seen when finishing second in a Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle at Ascot. If adapting to this track there’s every chance that he could have a big say.
BUZZ @ 2/1 – 3:02 Kempton
Formely trained by Hughie Morrison when a decent middle distance performer on the level, Buzz has since gone on to win both starts over hurdles now trained by Nicky Henderson. He improved significantly from his debut run when getting the better of a decent rival at Doncaster, when the duo went well clear of the remainder of the field. He’ll have to be at his best if he is to get the best of a competitive field here, but he does look a classy performer.
BANGKOK @ 8/11 – 3:15 Lingfield
The Winter Derby looks a two horse race this year between Bangkok and Dubai Warrior, where we have Silvestre De Sousa taking on Frankie Dettori. I think Andrew Balding’s four-year-old will just come out on top, he won very well here in the Listed Trial earlier this month and has some very smart form to his name, most notably when second to Japan in a Group 2 company at Royal Ascot. That’s well clear of anything else here, and whilst Dubai Warrior should give him a lot to think about, his class should prevail.