3.35 Kempton: Class 3 Handicap, 1m
Second start for Made With Love for the David O’Meara yard – in the context of this race, he’s clearly the most intriguing contender. He should theoretically come on for his most recent outing at Newmarket when finishing stone last on his first start after a break as well as for the new yard.
He seemed quite a decent prospect at the start of the new flat season after he showed promise as a three year old when he landed a Kempton maiden. He started his year with a fine performance in a hot Kempton handicap then, finishing 4th while hanging a closer finish way in the final furlong.
Subsequently upped in trip he got badly hampered at a crucial stage in a Doncaster handicap when he seemed to get his act together to mount a challenge. Seemingly not a straightforward horse, he has been off the track and left John Gosden soon after.
Still Made With Love remains with potential. He’s had only six career starts and is open to some improvement with a hood fitted for the first time. This today is an easier race than what he contested mostly this year and the cushioned polytrack should suit him. If there is no underlying problem, like his breathing, he should be able to be a big runner of a mark off 88 now.
Made With Love @ 9/1 Ladbrokes – 5pts Win
4.40 Kempton: Class 4 Handicap, 7f
Wide open race that could become a muddling affair due to a clear lack of pace. That may be helpful for some doubtful stayers, like Dutiful Son, who drops significantly in class. He has form over this sort of trip but all his wins came over shorter.
Tournament has a clear chance on past form. He showed some of his old sparkle in his last race, so is expected to run well today. He’s quite a skinny price, though. My Target is on a competitive mark, despite having only won a maiden to date. But he has to take a significant step forward if he wants to win this.
Loyalty is one of the few horses enjoying to be up with the pace. That makes him an interesting candidate. But he’s back from a break and never done particularly well as a fresh horse in the past. A big enough mark doesn’t make the task easier.
Purely from a pace angle Bold Prediction is the most interesting contender. He has been held up in recent starts but to my eye wasn’t ridden with the purpose of finishing as good as possible. He hasn’t done much this season over all and as a result dropped dramatically in the weights. Now down to a lowly mark off 77 he must rate a major danger if he takes advantage of the plum draw and reverts back to usual tactics.
Bold Prediction @ 9/2 Ladbrokes – 5pts Win