With Cheltenham coming to a close on Friday, ITV Racing‘s Saturday action will come from Kempton and Uttoxeter. Both venues host some highly competitive cards, with the latter venue staging the Midlands Grand National.
I’ll be focusing on Kempton, however, whose card is headlined by the Silver Plate Handicap Hurdle. We’ll have horse racing tips for all the action, but I’ve found a pair of overpriced outsiders who should out-run their prohibitive odds on Saturday. Find out all the details below!
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2.40 Kempton – Vive Le Roi (14/1)
It’s been a long time between drinks, but Vive Le Roi has run some fantastic races in defeat since a Newbury victory in November 2018. He’s currently sits on his last winning mark, which shows you just how consistent he’s been since, running well off much higher ratings. That includes a course and distance effort in the 2020 Lanzarote, where he was second to a runaway winner off eight pounds higher.
His runs this term haven’t been far off that standard, including a recent sixth at Newbury. He shaped better than the bare result, helping set a strong pace that ultimately collapsed late on. For the first time this season, however, he has everything in his favour.
The better ground is a huge positive for him and a return to a sharp, flatter venue will help matters enormously. He’s likely to be fired out to make the lead under Harry Bannister, who will be able to set a searching gallop now he’s dropped in distance. If they allow him to dictate his own terms, he’s going to be very tough to peg back off this rating.
3.15 Kempton – Princeton Royale (33/1)
He’s a difficult horse to predict these days, but it’s foolish to rule out Princeton Royale. He arrives to the race on the back of some disappointing performances, but he’s slipped to a very lenient mark as a result. He’s currently five pounds below his last winning rating and that victory came at a sharp and flat track.
Similar comments can apply to Kempton and although he ran poorly here back in January, that was on a softer surface and he’s now seven pounds lower. The yard is in much better form now too and with a few pace angles entered, a strong pace will help him get involved.
He certainly needs to leave this season’s form behind him, but at 33-1 with three places on offer, a chance can be taken that this veteran will bounce back.
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