A field of fourteen go to post for the final race of the day at Kempton on Wednesday. See our betting tips and full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: A wide open race according to the betting, but preference is for BLACK PRINCE, with Anthony Honeyball’s three-year-old shaping as though he’ll make a tough stayer in the future. He was a very good third off this mark at Salisbury in June, keeping on well after racing lazily in the opening stages and he was hampered on his latest start at Beverley in July. He remains on the same mark and this second attempt at the two mile distance should be a winning one.
1 SEE AND BE SEEN – Course and distance winner who finished second twice back in June, but he’s been well beaten on four subsequent runs and has something to prove now. He was only seventh at Chepstow on his latest start when showing very little and, although this drop back to two miles will suit, he looks a bit too high in the weights at present. Others are preferred but he couldn’t be discounted for a place back at this venue.
2 MACKSVILLE – Finished third on his penultimate start at Nottingham over the 1m 6f trip, keeping on well towards the finish and he had excuses on his latest start at Chepstow. He is now two pounds lower and a return to polytrack is of little concern, so he has to enter calculations as he’s still very much unexposed as a stayer for James Eustace.
3 INTIMIDATOR – Ran a career best on his penultimate start over course and distance, keeping on well late on and his latest start probably came too soon afterwards as he looked very tired in the closing stages. He had been traveling notably well up until fading inside the final furlong, so with a 70 day break under his belt a bold bid looks very likely off of the same mark. Has to be respected in this.
4 BALLYFARSOON – Won at Chelmsford in August 2016 off of only one pound lower, however his efforts since have been less than favorable. He could only beat one rival home when labouring at Wolverhampton in July, with a step up to this trip far from guaranteed to suit him. It’s hard to rule him out completely off this mark, but others are far less risky and are preferred on this occasion.
5 STORM HAWK – Lightly raced of late for Emma Owen and this ten-year-old veteran has plenty to prove returning from a 532 day absence. He was last seen in March 2016 finishing third in a Claiming Race at Southwell, beaten by 26 lengths. He would be a shock winner when all is said and done as he is, above all, entitled to need this.
7 TOPALOVA – Has been running consistently well in Class 6 events for Mark Tompkins, placing once again when finishing third at Chelmsford back in July over the two mile distance. She had excuses on her latest start at Lingfield and should be happier back down in class now, although further improvement is needed for win purposes.
8 FRANNY NISBET – Lightly raced filly for William Muir who finished a good third on her penultimate start at Bath over the 1m 6f trip, keeping on well after a tardy getaway. She ran a strange race that day as she had to be rousted along early and her latest start at Goodwood was no more encouraging as she slowly faded up the home straight. It’s possible that she could do better in time, but she needs to prove her stamina and others are preferred.
9 PERCY THROWER – Has placed the last twice at the 1m 6f trip at Bath, lacking a change of gear on both of those starts as he just kept on plugging away at the same pace. On that basis he is worth a crack at the two mile trip, though you would have to wonder if he would be vulnerable towards the finish. He’s an each way player for in-form connections, but he does look vulnerable for win purposes.
10 ALTERNATE ROUTE – Yet to make an impact in four runs for Sir Mark Prescott, making his handicap debut at Yarmouth on his latest start when finishing tenth of twelve, showing very little and always off the bridle. Connections now reach for cheekpieces and he’s upped markedly in trip for this assignment, so you couldn’t rule out a bold bid off of a basement mark. Market support would be interesting but he’s risky.
11 BLACK PRINCE – Consistency hasn’t been his strong point, but he finished a very good third on his penultimate start at Salisbury over the 1m 4f trip off of this mark and he shapes as though he’s a stayer in the making. He was hampered on his latest start at Beverley so you can draw a line through that and he was a well backed joint favourite that day. He looks sure to play a big part under John Egan and has to be respected.
12 BRETON BELLE – Has a lovely pedigree, but this daughter of Nathaniel hasn’t shown much so far for David Simcock, well beaten in seventh on all four of her runs. She was upped to the 1m 6f trip on her latest start and she was merely passing beaten horses late on to finish. She has plenty to prove upped to this distance and others are readily preferred.
13 GENERAL ALLENBY – Has recently run a series of respectable races on the turf at this distance for Henry Tett, but more is almost certainly needed if he’s to be winning any time soon. He is still a maiden after 12 runs and his latest fourth at Goodwood was no more than fair as he was brushed aside towards the furlong pole. Possible each way claims back on the all weather, however he remains opposable for win purposes.
14 LADY PRIMA – Lightly raced daughter of Sir Percy who has plenty of stamina in her pedigree but has been racing too freely. She was upped to the 1m 2f distance on her latest start where she throwing her head about early on and paid for it late in the day, weakening rapidly at the three furlong pole. She now goes even further up in trip and, until she shows that she can settle, she’s best watched.
6 STORMING HARRY