Five horses with crucial all-weather form for Kempton

Kempton "Jumpers Bumper"

With Market Rasen falling foul of the weather, and Taunton in danger, it’s up to the All-Weather to save the day on Tuesday. Kempton is one of the venues to answer the call. The track hosts an eight-race card of “jumpers’ bumpers”, with plenty of smart types in attendance.

We’ll have horse racing tips for all the action, but this article will be focusing on that crucial All-Weather form. Plenty of horses on the card can boast of strong Synthetic runs and these horses in particular could put that experience to good use.


12.45 Kempton – Get Sky High

The vast majority of this field lacks any rules experience, let alone suitability to the surface. A point winner at Ballycrystal last October, GET SKY HIGH made her rules debut at Newcastle three weeks ago.

She made the running that day, very keen in the early stages and that ultimately told in the final 110 yards, where she weakened into a close third. That was still a promising effort, however, and she can only improve for the experience.

If she’s able to progress as expected, she could prove tough to catch with that experience under her belt.


1.45 Kempton – Lucky’s Dream

Eight times a winner on the flat for Ian Williams, six of those successes have come on the All-Weather for LUCKY’S DREAM. The most recent came two starts ago at Lingfield, before contesting a jumpers’ bumper at the same venue last time.

He won that contest in very stylish fashion, barely coming off the bridle in  a polished performance. His suitability for the surface is clear for all to see and he couldn’t be in better form. Charlie Todd takes five pounds off his back and it’s no surprise to see him installed as favourite.


2.15 Kempton – Timberman

Fergal O’Brien’ string, more often than not, performs well in bumpers, and TIMBERMAN could be another winner in this code. Previously trained by Nicky Henderson, he was second in a bumper at Newbury before a fair run behind Fiddlerontheroof on hurdling debut.

He was returning from a 408-day absence on stable debut at Lingfield last month, finishing a promising fourth. Outpaced on the turn for home, he looked in desperate need of the run and should strip much fitter today.

He clearly enjoys the surface, however, and he retains potential after just a handful of rules starts. If he can build on that performance, he’ll be heavily involved.


2.50 Kempton – Lantiern

Winning a pair of bumper starts, LANTIERN gained the most recent of those successes at Wolverhampton in February 2020. He landed that “jumpers’ bumper” in comfortable fashion, beating a field that was far more competitive than what he faces today.

His subsequent runs have come over fences, seemingly not taking to the larger obstacles in three attempts. He’s been absent since September as a result, but he’s gone well fresh in the past.

The fact he’s won in this sphere is an obvious positive and with Alan Doyle claiming seven pounds, there’s plenty to like about his chances.


3.20 Kempton – Mengli Khan

This is the best race on the card in terms of quality and Grade 1 winner MENGLI KHAN could be the star attraction for Nicky Henderson. He’s run on just a pair of occasions for Seven Barrows, latterly in a jumpers’ bumper at Lingfield.

He finished a very good second, headed in the final furlong by a fast finishing rival who swept on by. Kempton, on paper, should suit him much better, as he likes to get his rivals on the stretch.

Perhaps more crucially, he was a course winner on the level, having won over 1m 3f here for Hugo Palmer back in 2016. If he can build on that Lingfield run, he’s likely to lead these rivals a merry dance.


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