Andy Holding's picked out two tips for today's racing at Kempton, including a 6/1 NAP.
As we all know, a good break from an inside draw over the sharp right-handed five-furlong track at Kempton can be worth several lengths and, having bagged a decent box on his second visit to the Sunbury venue, NEWYORKSTATEOFMIND (NAP) (best price 6-1) is fancied to put his track experience to good use and execute that very task.
A promising second to the well-fancied Augustus Caesar on all-weather debut at Lingfield last September, William Muir’s gelding was nicely supported to go one place better over today’s C&D a week later and despite being drawn disadvantageously in stall eight of the nine runners, he duly justified his position in the market. Showing bright speed to beat his rivals to the punch at the first bend, the son of Brazen Beau dominated throughout and with several of those in behind going on to boost the form subsequently, a 7lb rise in the ratings seemed more than fair. Gelded in the interim, the powerfully-built three-year-old has to overcome a 246-day absence if he is going to keep his progressive graph going in the right direction, but providing he can hit the lids and get into his stride in a similar fashion to last time, there’s a decent chance he can complete the mission.
There’s little doubt Born With Pride is the most interesting runner in the field given how well she won on her debut at Newmarket last season, but she also hasn’t escaped the attentions of the bookmakers being priced at 2-1, whereas BERLIN TANGO (best price 14-1) seems to have been completely overlooked despite having fairly strong form of his own.
Placed in two listed races on the turf, one of which was in a very fast time figure at Salisbury, Andrew Balding’s colt was well-fancied to land a conditions contest on his all-weather debut here back in March and although he came up a little short on the night, it was by no means a discreditable effort. Unable to keep tabs on the all-the-way winner Chares in the latter stages, he did manage to keep on well for second and with the time figure of the race pointing towards a contest of some merit, it was clearly another fair effort in trying to hold his own against some similarly talented colts. Likely to improve for today’s step up in trip and hailing from a stable who kicked off with a winner with their first runner here yesterday, the son of Dansili looks a daft price at 14-1.
Bright Melody is another worth a mention as she overcame a poor start and greenness to win on her debut at Chelmsford. In ultimately justifying short-price favouritism, Charlie Appleby’s filly clocked a decent speed figure and there should more plenty more to come from this potentially smart middle-distance prospect. Odds of 8-1 also seem on the generous side where she is concerned.