Kempton and Uttoxeter provide the main action today and if you’ve drawn breath after Cheltenham, we’ll get on with it.
Two valuable Class 2 handicaps are the features of the Kempton card, with the Matchbook Racing Is Commission Free Silver Plate Handicap Hurdle at 2.40 the first.
It’s 9-2 the field of 11, which brings in the Harry Fry trained 6-y-o Just A Sting. An impressive winner of both Bumpers last season, Noel Fehily’s mount has been placed in all three Novice events so far, against some pretty classy rivals and makes its handicap debut off a very fair looking 125. With the stable back in form, this has the look of a plan and we recommend a strong each way investment at the aforementioned 9-2.
The following race at 3.15 is the Matchbook Silver Bowl Handicap Chase, with a field of 10, headed by the two Tom George runners at 5-1. Disputing favouritism is also the fully exposed Kilcrea Vale and we are going to oppose them all and recommend an each way bet on Cobra De Mai at 7-1.
Always threatening to be a really good horse, this Dan Skelton trained 6-y-o showed the benefit of a minor wind op with a smooth win at Warwick last time out and providing Bridget hasn’t been celebrating too much after her Cheltenham success yesterday, we should get a good run for our hard-earned.
Elsewhere on the card, for those of you that like to hide behind the sofa during races, we suggest a win bet on Kayf Blanco in the Matchbook VIP Chase at 2.05. 11-4 is the available price and, one day, this horses head will be in front where it matters. Please let it be today.
The Better Odds With Matchbook Insights Novices’ Hurdle (I wonder who’s sponsoring the card, today?) provides our other bet at the Sunbury track in the shape of Alan King ‘s Chosen Path. A win, an unseat and a third are this horses achievements to date, but they gave been gained in better quality contests than its opponents and it should make short work of them. Lump on at 11-8.
Over at Uttoxeter, the Betfred Midlands Grand National at 3.35 is the main event and once again will be run in bottomless ground. Frankly we find this race a somewhat unedifying spectacle and you can bet your bottomless dollar that if all 18 set out, less than 5 will finish. Still, it is what it is so let’s suggest two modest each way bets on Regal Flow and Billy Bronco, which are both available at 25-1 (5 places). Please note if we are right about the number of finishers, we just need one or both of our selections to cross the line, even half a mile behind.
Just A Sting 2.40 Kempton e/w @ 9-2
Cobra De Mai 3.15 Kempton e/w @ 7-1
Kayf Blanco 2.05 Kempton win @ 11-4
Chosen Path 3.50 Kempton win @ 11-8
Regal Flow 3.35 Uttoxeter e/w @ 25-1 (5 places)
Billy Bronco 3.35 Uttoxeter e/w @ 25-1 (5 places)