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4.50 Kempton – Duke’s Meadow
Roger Ingram’s Duke’s Meadow may be a 4 year old, but he has only had 5 starts and with an unexpected win last time out, his odds look generous in a quest to follow up.
The son of Pastoral Pursuits didn’t see a racecourse until the end of his 3rd birthday, and he showed some ability when finishing 4th of 8. Followed that run up with a solid placed 2nd finish at Lingfield over the same course and distance before slightly disappointing on his 3rd run for a handicap mark. Moved to handicap company off a workable looking mark of 67, but bombed out on first start in handicap company, finishing 10th of 11. That run was in February, and was given a break until his comeback run at Chelmsford in November. After the run back earlier in the year, punters deserted Roger Ingram’s gelding, allowing him to go off a 26.0 shot in a Class 4 race. There was no fluke about that performance though, as he was held up off the pace before coming through to win with something in hand. Has been raised just 4lbs for that victory, and still looks on a very workable mark back down in grade. The competition is thin on the ground and odds of 5/1 6.00 +500 5.00 5.00 -0.20 look very generous.
5.50 Kempton – Maymyo
The 5.50 contest at Lingfield features one horse with a ‘sexy’ profile. That runner is the Richard Hughes trained The Big Lad – a once run, once victorious 3 year old son of Kheleyf. He starts handicap life off a very workable mark of 70, but whilst he is very likely to be the most talented runner in the field, he was green on debut, and is going up against seasoned handicappers. Instead, we look to Maymyo, a dependable runner at this level, who may still have more to come.
Maymyo is by Invincible Spirit, so it comes as no surprise that he is suited to the all-weather. 2/6 on the surface, Kirk’s gelding has made solid progress through the ranks this year. Has looked held in most recent two starts, but is likely to benefit from a 6 week break and the slightly stiffer Kempton home straight. Has the benefit of a good draw in stall 6, and is likely to sit behind the leaders, or can even make it. An uncomplicated runner, he looks a solid each-way bet at 6/1 7.00 +600 6.00 6.00 -0.17 .
Tips Summary (30th November)