Triple Champion Hurdle winning jockey Steve Smith Eccles previews the action.
Some interesting racing today for a Monday and trainer Tommy Keddy does a really good job with his small stable. He is one of my best mates and so I was pleased to ride in a gallop for him last Friday that included Apache Fort (2.40) who looked in good form despite a long season and ten races so far.
The son of Desert Prince likes it here and won the race last year off of a rating of 60 but has gone up seven pounds since, hence his reasonable price. He has been running well enough on the turf but does prefer this all weather surface (four of his five wins have been here and the other at Kempton) and at 11/2 or thereabouts looks like a knocking each way bet to me.
All of Newmarket is talking about the debut this afternoon of Sans Frontieres who runs in the 4.10 for trainer Jeremy Noseda. A well bred individual, he cost 450,000 Guineas as a yearling and is held in some regard with a list of fancy entries later in the season. He should run a big race but, as you never know how they will react to their first trip to the racecourse, a watching brief is the sensible option.
Over at Kempton, Fen Spirit (4.00) went down in plenty of notebooks after a highly promising debut when finishing fourth behind Snoqualmie Girl at Newmarket over seven furlongs on soft going. With the winner taking a Listed race at Salisbury next time out the form looks pretty decent and I can tell you she has improved considerably at home for that experience and is working nicely on the Newmarket gallops.
She will be much better suited by the polytrack here and has the perfect draw in stall ten of ten; I expect jockey Jimmy Fortune to jump her out from the start and sit handy throughout. Main danger Simple Solution will be tough to beat but the form of her fifth at Newmarket is beginning to show a few cracks making the Gosden filly the better value alternative.
The 5.30 at Kempton looks like a particularly competitive event and I have heard good words for both Checklow and Meshtri with a narrow preference for the Jarvis colt. Unraced as a two year old, he has only had the three runs this season including a decent third over a mile and three quarters on soft ground at Haydock last time out on his handicap debut. He looked as if the drop back to a mile and a half today on a better surface would suit him and he looks the likely winner.
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