As we build towards the weekend, here’s three eye-catching contenders from the All-Weather racing this Thursday from Kempton and Southwell. Be sure to make use of all our tips and analysis, including our NAP Of The Day.
The Newmarket based Roger Varian has sent 241 horses to Kempton over the past five terms, with fifty-two of these landing the odds. He’s had fifteen winners there this year, operating at 22% and returning £10.14 to a £1 level stake.
All looks set for a big run from his once raced filly Believe In Love. The juvenile is a half-sister to a Group Two winner and cost 55,000gns as a yearling. Sent off 11/1 on her debut at Newmarket in July, she finished a close fifth in a race that has worked out well.
She was only beaten four lengths by a Godolphin trained filly who’s placed in a Listed race since. The second is now rated 83 and she was ahead of another now rated 90. That’s strong form in the context off this Polytrack maiden and she’s bred to handle the surface.
The apprentice Elisha Whittington has ridden nine winners this term, four of which have come at Southwell. She rode three winners at the track in November and has a great chance of further success with her only ride of the day.
The four-year-old filly Eesha Says didn’t show too much in three novices back in 2017. She obviously benefitted from the passing of time, returning to the track after a 652 day lay off with a decisive win over track and trip.
Sent off 66/1, she made all in impressive fashion in a Classified race. She now switches to handicap company from a workable mark of 53, with her jockey claiming a further seven. An each-way price massively underestimates her claims.
Thahab Ifraj has raced five times at Southwell in his forty-one race career. He’s yet to finish out of the first three, scoring on three occasions in 2019. A narrow winner over twelve furlongs in April, he’s won his last two starts at the venue.
Favourite in an Apprentice contest under Thore Hammer Hansen in October, he stayed on strongly to score over two-miles, with the field spread out behind him. The second has since gone close in a stronger race so the form is rock solid.
The professional Joe Fanning now takes the ride. A five pound rise in the weights doesn’t look enough to anchor him at a venue at which he thrives.
The treble is available at 285/1, best price at time of writing.