2.00pm Kempton – Equus Amadeus 1.5pts Win (9/2)
It’s really difficult to ignore any of Tom Lacey’s runners at the moment given his form, 9 winners from his last 16 runners is an incredible stat and Equus Amadeus is definitely worth a chance in this contest at the price. He got off the mark over hurdles at his first attempt in a race that has worked out well with the three immediately behind him all winning since, pitched into a Grade 2 at Chepstow after that he was pulled up quickly and didn’t come back until last month so something evidently wasn’t quite right on that occasion. He pulled hard on his reappearance and was ridden very sympathetically which leads me to believe that race was very much needed with an eye to him being far more prepared for subsequent starts.
2.50pm Ludlow – Sir Ivan 1pt Win (15/2 bet365, 7/1 general)
Harry Fry is hitting a good bit of form now following a bit of a blip and his Sir Ivan looks overpriced. Now just 1lb above his last winning mark which came in this class in October, he then ran well behind Elegant Escape and Black Corton in a Grade 2 at Newbury before a pair of pulled up efforts. But he got back on track winning a Jumpers Bumper at Kempton last time which should have given him some confidence and if finding his grove again, looks the one to be on.
3.05pm Kempton – Bach De Clermont 1.5pts Win (4/1)
I don’t see this as being a particularly strong race and Bach De Clermont is unexposed and should be better than this grade in time. After solid enough form over hurdles he pushed Movie Legend close in a handicap chase at Fakenham back in November before clattering the second from home in a novice event which cost him momentum and his chance. Stepping up to 3 miles will definitely suit him today given his impressive point to point victory and he can claim this following a break.
4.45pm Kempton – Molly Childers 1.5pts Win (9/2)
After having a little break Molly Childers made her comeback over just shy of 3 miles at Market Rasen in March on heavy ground which blunted her speed a bit and she stayed on in 6th but dropped 2lbs I think she’s capable of better than that. A bloodless winner off a mark of 109 earlier in the season she can continue to progress through the handicap ranks dropped into a class 4 against her own sex with Stuart Edmunds’ string in top form.
4.55pm Wincanton – Guerrilla Tactics 1.5pts Win (11/4)
Guerrilla Tactics has done most of his running on decent ground so there may be concerns about today’s conditions, however he hasn’t had a chance to prove himself on it so for me the concern can’t be there as there is nothing to say he won’t go on heavy ground. It was soft enough at this track in October when he got the better of four-time subsequent winner Cucklington. He hasn’t had much racing for an 8 year old and comes into this race fresh following a break, chasing a hat-trick.
5.20pm Kempton – Bolving 1pt Win (7/2)
His bumper win around this track is a really good piece of form in the context of this race and he was clearly thought to be quite good when sent to the Grade 2 bumper at the Aintree Festival in 2016 but was way out of his depth there. He didn’t show a great deal in novice hurdles but sent off favourite for his handicap debut here in February he ran well in fourth when still looking raw and a touch awkward. He deserves another chance dropped in class at he a track which he clearly has a liking for.
6.15pm Wolverhampton – Doctor Sardonicus 2pts Win (5/2)
A rapid 5f sprint in which Tom Dascombe’s new recruit Doctor Sardonicus is perfectly positioned to strike from stall 1. He likes to lead and can get the run of things here for a yard and jockey that have both started the year in flying form. I can see this being just a starting point for Goldream to get him right for a campaign on the turf following a number of months off the track.