Sending a horse hundreds of miles up or down the country is a costly and time-consuming exercise, so taking a look at the travellers list is a fantastic angle into the day’s racing.
You can find some of the Wednesday’s long distance travellers below, with the treble paying 727-1 at the time of writing (6pm on Tuesday).
3.55 Lingfield – Star Act (272 miles)
Previously trained in Ireland by Adrian McGuinness, Star Act could be rejuvenated by the switch to Karl Burke’s stable.
Failing to improve for her previous connections, she still showed enough to suggest she could win a handicap at this lowly level. She was last seen over seven furlongs at Dundalk, where she ran better than the bare result after being hampered on the turn.
She makes her British debut off four pounds lower and this isn’t a strong race for the level. Harrison Shaw is 2/7 when riding for Burke this season and there’s plenty to like about her chances.
5.55 Kempton – Iconic Belle (249 miles)
It’s been a while between drinks, but Iconic Belle has showed signs of promise in four starts this winter.
She’s been far from disgraced in two recent outings, latterly running out of steam late on over two miles after looking a big danger. Today’s drop to eleven furlongs looks set to suit, especially in a race where she’ll have a strong pace to aim at.
She was placed off a mark of 76 last winter and racing off 65 today, she’s clearly on an exploitable rating. Kevin Stott returns to the saddle and she’s’ one to take very seriously.
8.00 Kempton – Wemyss Point (249 miles)
Another long distance traveller from the Philip Kirby stable, Wemyss Point has gone close on three of his last four outings.
Most recently, he bumped into a runaway winner at Lingfield, becoming outpaced before staying on stoutly in the closing stages. That run would suggest Kempton’s stiffer finish would suit him, as he possesses an abundance of stamina.
He’s just a pound higher for today’s start and this is is just his third run at Class 6 level. He’ll be doing all his best work in the closing stages and if they go too hard early, he’ll be one taking full advantage.
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