2.55pm Kempton tips for Monday’s Class 2 race. The feature race of the day at Kempton on Monday, a Class 2, 2m 5f Handicap Hurdle which is a qualifier for the Pertemps at the Cheltenham Festival. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: Plenty of interesting types in this contest, but none more so than Harry Fry’s BAGS GROOVE, who arrives here on the back of an empathic victory at Aintree last month. He’s eight pounds higher here but there is far more to come from this progressive six year old who can gain a fifth career victory. The main dangers include Le Breuil and Sumkindofking, who both have plenty to recommend them on.
1 THE LAST SAMURI – Leading handicap chaser last season for Kim Bailey who finished second in the 2016 Grand National. He now returns to hurdling at a trip which is far shorter than his best, so others are preferred on this occasion.
2 WHO DARES WINS – Finished third in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival off a two pound lower mark and he’s been running well on the flat since for Alan King. There is more to come from him over hurdles and he’s a strong each way contender.
3 BAGS GROOVE – Hugely progressive last season for Harry Fry, last seen winning an Aintree Handicap Hurdle by two lengths and that form is strong. He’s eight pounds higher here but there is far more to come from him for in form connections and he shouldn’t be for catching here.
4 LE BREUIL – Won two of his three novice hurdles last season for Ben Pauling, not seen since a disappointing run at Aintree in Grade 1 company. Nevertheless, he’s still a smart prospect and isn’t badly treated now making his handicap debut. Looks sure to go close under Daryl Jacob.
5 SNEAKY FEELING – Lightly raced sort for Philip Hobbs who has been hit and miss in his career thus far, returning this season with a poor run behind Bags Broove at Aintree in October. He may have needed the run but a turnaround with the mentioned rival would be a big surprise and he should miss out here.
6 MAESTRO ROYAL – Dual winner at the two mile distance for Nicky Henderson earlier this year, though he was well held at Perth off this mark on his latest start. His jumping let him down on that occasion but needs to bounce back to his best on seasonal debut. Others are preferred.
7 SUMKINDOFKING – Races off the minimum weight and if managing to get back to the form of his fifth at Kempton in March, he’d be a strong each way contender here. He ran well enough on his return at Chepstow in October and a second place would be no surprise now he has that run under his belt.