Race Time: 3.25pm Meeting: Kempton Distance: 6f
Full Race Name: 888Sport Handicap (Class 2)
Everyone seems to know that the Charles Hills trained Boomerang Bob (9/2), is strongly fancied to take this event though whether 9/2 is value is a different question. Young jockey George Blackwell is reunited with the six year old which takes a valuable seven pounds off his back, and with a fitness advantage over some of these after a run at Wolverhampton to put him right, (and when you remind yourself that he was running off of marks of 112 in Group races just three years ago) then the 96 he is lumbered with here just doesn’t seem so bad at all.
Old favourite Yeeow (8/1) is entered here off a mark of 84, and probably less the three pound claim of rider Joey Haynes, and although sadly out of sorts so far this season, has won off a mark of 90 which simply proves that if he is in a going mood, he can get involved here for trainer Karl Burke, who historically does very well at this time of year.
Chris Wall is not exactly one of the better know Newmarket trainers but give him a decent horse and he will be successful, and Oh So Sassy (6/1) is one to consider if she fit enough after 203 days of the track. Wins at Kempton (twice) and Lingfield have been over the minimum trip (twice) but she also has a course and distance victory to her name, which should never be underestimated even if she does have to race off of an eight pound higher mark this afternoon.
Recent winning form is hard to come by this year but the Michael Easterby trained Perfect Pasture (5/1) bucks those stats having scored by a length ands a quarter from Royal Bajan at Southwell. That was over a furlong less but it is also a slower surface so that should not be an issue, though he has been put up five pounds for that and may find top weight and his new rating is enough to slow him down.
Looking for one more would be contender, how about bottom weight Pearl Blue (16/1) who is exceptionally well weighted at her best even if that was in the dim and distant past? Trained by Jamie Osborne, and to be ridden by Edward Greatrex (who takes another seven pounds off her back IF he can do the weight – you have been warned), she has won races off ratings as high as 89 last July, yet gets in here off of a lowly 84, arrives race fit after recent places at Lingfield and Chelmsford, has a jockey reducing her weight by even further, and has decent all-weather form (if not wins) – an each way option perhaps for those who like that sort of thing?