Steve Hughes has a selection from each British meeting on Sunday
Kempton’s jumps season gets underway on pretty fast ground which has unfortunately meant a relative shortage of runners. However the 3m chase on the card looks competitive enough and can result in a win for the Cheltenham Gold Cup winning partnership. I have also selected a course regular around Bath. No winners on Champions Day at Ascot but Master The World’s place in the finale gave us a return on our each-way bet (16/1).
Kempton 3.50: Balinroab
In a contest where no horse really stands out on form, Balinroab could have the edge under the benefit of the no nonsense training regime of Mark Bradstock.
The gelding is essentially a fast ground performer with two of his three wins under rules and his point victory in Ireland coming on good going. His last win came under such conditions and over today’s 3m distance on another right handed track at Market Rasen last August. He was given a break after disappointing at the same track just a couple of weeks later.
In that time he transferred to Bradstock and had his first run for the yard at Stratford in June. Ridden notably closer to the pace than normal, he had every chance over the last before just giving best to a useful performer on that track in Sail and Return. I would expect similar tactics here on this flat track which could well pay dividends.
Bath 4.10: Edged Out
He is essentially at the mercy of the handicapper now but Edged Out does not know how to run a bad race and this Bath regular can also call upon the services of top apprentice Ed Greatrex who advertised his abilities with the winner of the handicap on Champions Day at Ascot yesterday.
The 5yo mare has run 31 times in her career and 18 of those have been at this track including a win over this extended 5f trip in June. She has also managed a couple of second places and another two third places this season – both second placings coming when Greatrex was on board.
She was only beaten just over a length here on her last start three weeks ago to a horse on only its second run in handicaps and from the same mark of 73 today, she is sure to be thereabouts once again in which almost the entire field look just as exposed as the selection. Perfectly happy on fast ground and with a fair middle draw she is a big enough price to go for an each-way bet.
1pt win – Balinroab – 3.50 Kempton – 9/4 general
1pt each-way – Edged Out – 4.10 Bath – 6/1 general