Top class racing today, with the feature meeting at a very wet Haddock, where the usually detailed weather forecast has been condensed to just one word: “rain”.
With the going already described as ‘heavy’ this should be fun.
Inevitably, there is already a raft of non runners but by racetime it could be that the raft will come in handy.
The main event is at 4.15 with the 32Red Sprint Cup Stakes, a Group 1 won in spectacular style last year by Harry Angel, who has rocked up for a repeat.
4 lengths was the distance a year ago, in heavy ground as well, so no surprise to see this 4-y-o installed as the 5-4 favourite. However, Harry is reappearing after the unfortunate injury he suffered in exiting the stalls at Ascot in June and, although reported to be fully recovered, horses, while thick, do have memories and it remains to be seen whether, as race time approaches, panic ensues.
Our best advice is to swerve this race as a betting proposition and just watch.
The absentees have ruined the each way shape of the other televised races, but it is what it is, so win only coming up.
The opening Read Luke Morris Blog At Unibet Handicap at 1.50 has, currently, a field of seven, with the talking horse Mekong favourite at 2-1. The value here is a win bet on the rapidly improving Soto Sizzler at 5-1.
Bill Knight‘s charge caused a 20-1 surprise by taking a handicap at Glorious last month, bounding clear with plenty left. Raised 6lbs for that, the step up to 14 furlongs looks sure to suit and should go close under the evergreen Jimmy Quinn.
At 2.25, 6 horses stand their ground for the Group 3 Unibet Mile and in this we go for the out-and-out mudlover Here Come When, which is available at around 5-1.
Winner of the Group 1 Sussex Stakes last year in hock deep ground, Andrew Balding‘s 8-y-o has been running well without winning on totally unsuitable going. Not today, though, so give it a bash.
We had a cracking each way bet lined up for the 32Red Casino Handicap at 3.35, but with four nonnies it will have to be a win bet.
The beast in question is the Willie Haggas trained Mam’Selle, which you can back at 100-30. Usually contesting Conditions races, this 4-y-o lady runs in this handicap off a mark of just 90, is already a winner in soft ground and will relish today’s trip. What’s not to like, eh?
The cameras are also at Kempton today, mainly to cover the clash between Crystal Ocean and last year’s Arc heroine Enable, who makes her comeback from injury after eleven months off. A fascinating affair but not a betting race.
However, the telly boys are also showing the 188Bet Extra Place Races “London Mile” Handicap, worth a mere £43,575 to the winner and don’t hold your breath that all 16 will stand their ground come 3.15.
However, we live in hope and also hope that our selection Medieval will at least make the frame.
This 4-y-o is weighted to reverse recent CD form with the first two in the market, has a good draw, is from an in-form yard and yet is available at 25-1.
Our sort of bet, people.
Soto Sizzler 1.50 Haydock win @ 5-1
Here Comes When 2.25 Haydock win @ 5-1
Mam’Selle 3.35 Haydock win @ 100-30
Medieval 3.15 Kempton e/w @ 25-1 (5 places)