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4.35 Kempton – Quantam Dot
Quantam Dot is a course and distance winner who returned from his summer absence at Wolverhampton last time out. Did not perform too well but that effort should have helped to remove the cobwebs, and from a good draw, he should go very close back down in a Class 7 race.
Ed De Giles’ 4 year old Exceed and Excel gelding started his career fairly promisingly, running with credit in 3 maidens before being allotted a handicap mark of 71. From there it all went downhill, and after putting in a number of abject performances, his mark plummeted all the way to a basement rating of 45. Capitalised on the drop in trip to the 5 furlongs and racing off 45, Quantam Dot managed to get his head front at the 17th time of asking. That run was back in February, and went off a well fancied 4.50 shot that day. Was off for 6 months after that contest, and has presumably been waiting for a winter campaign. As mentioned, didn’t show too much at Wolverhampton on comeback run, but was held up and not much was expected that day. Has stall 1, and is likely to be blasted out from the front on a track that favours the low drawn horses and front runners. Is likely to be running out of gas late in the day, but may have enough to hang on and at odds of 7/2 4.50 +350 3.50 3.50 -0.29 , looks value.
5.10 Kempton – Compton Heights
Another race, another 5 furlong contest, another horse drawn stall 1 and another front runner – Compton Heights. The Class 3 race at Kempton may be the toughest that he has competed in, but assuming that he handles the all-weather, Keith Dalgleish’s runner has a favourites’ chance of making it 4 wins from his last 5 starts.
Compton Heights had been returning from nearly 2 years off when winning at Ayr in the summer on soft ground. Showed his versatility by winning on quick ground next time out, before being denied by the narrowest of margins at Musselburgh. Resumed winning ways last time out at Ayr, beating 23 rivals, racing powerfully close to the pace before hanging on well. Has scythed through the handicap, jumping up from 62 to 86, but may not have finished improving yet. Will press forward from the lowest stall and could be difficult to peg back.
Tips Summary (11th November)
5.10 Kempton – Compton Heights – 3/1 4.00 +300 3.00 3.00 -0.33 PaddyPower