A field of eight go to post for the last race of the day at Kempton on Wednesday evening. See our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: Clowance One defeated KING CALYPSO on their latest meeting over course and distance, but the former will struggle to keep those placings now there is a five pound turnaround. The latterly Denis Coakley trained runner was only beaten two lengths after perhaps racing too close to the pace on that occasion and with Oisin Murphy retaining the ride, he looks likely to take all the beating on this occasion.
1 GOING UP – Winner on the tapeta for Rae Guest who ran a good enough race when third at Salisbury in a tough looking race and he remains on the same mark. He was keeping on well so a step up in trip looks worth a go, but his stamina has to be taken on trust as he comes against some strong stayers at the trip. David Probert takes the ride and he looks an each way option.
2 CLOWANCE ONE – Reliable son of Oasis Dream who is yet to finish outside the top five in all nine of his starts thus far, winning twice. He won over course and distance on his penultimate start by a comfortable margin, not running a bad race when fourth at Sandown two weeks ago. That was a tougher race than this and he remains on the same mark, so looks to have a live chance under Kieran Shoemark.
3 HIGH COMMAND – Dual fibresand winner for Roger Varian who is fully effective on synthetics and ran a good race when last seen at Newcastle. He kept on well to finish third, beaten around two lengths and he is only one pound higher here under Silvestre De Sousa. It’s hard to rule him out completely, but others do make more appeal for win purposes at these weights, so he’s likely set for a minor role.
4 KING CALYPSO – Course and distance winner two starts ago in fine style and he perhaps was too close to the pace when second to Clowance One on his latest start, remaining on the same mark. He now has a five pound turnaround with that rival and he thrives at this venue, so he looks set to turn the tables under Oisin Murphy. Denis Coakley’s string are going well at present and this son of Sir Percy could record a sixth career victory.
5 MAGHFOOR – Looked useful when progressing nicely through maidens, winning well on his third maiden start at Haydock, responding to pressure with grit and determination. He was pitched into a tough race on handicap debut when last seen, but that trip also looked inadequate and he’s very interesting now upped to the two mile distance. Jim Crowley takes the ride and this surface will be fine, so he’s another to note for the Saeed bin Suroor stable.
6 DOMINATING – Has won three of his last four starts for Mark Johnston, with his only narrow defeat coming in a Class 2 event on his penultimate start where he acquitted himself very well. He returned to winning ways back into this grade with a dominating performance at Musselburgh and, although this is a deeper race, he’s progressing very nicely. Seven pounds extra is unlikely to stop him going close again.
7 NORMANDIE ATTACK – Improved with every run in maidens for Charlie Fellowes, posting his best effort yet when last seen at Lingfield where he was a running on second over the 1m 3f trip. However, he makes his handicap debut off a mark of 77 which doesn’t look generous and his stamina has to be taken in trust. The market is likely to be the best guide on this occasion and he looks set to miss out on the placings.
8 THE BLUES MASTER – 1m 4f course winner for Mark Johnston who has failed to fire on his last two starts, well beaten at both Newcastle and Beverley when last seen. His first attempt at the two mile trip came at Beverley where his stamina seemingly gave out in the final furlong. He’s therefore hard to recommend now with the handicapper only relenting two pounds. Others have far more obvious claims.