Wednesday Racing Tips: Hail The Flag can fly high at Kempton

 | January 24 | 

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Kempton Park All-Weather

Three of the five meetings across the UK and Ireland on Wednesday are over jumps.

They go at Fairyhouse before an all-weather card from Lingfield. Catterick and Chepstow complete the jumping action before an evening all-weather card from Kempton.

We have concentrated on the all-weather action from Kempton and Lingfield, and amongst our Wednesday fancies is a promising daughter of Sea The Stars in a fascinating maiden contest from Kempton's evening offering.

Wednesday Racing Tips

  • 13:45 Lingfield - Island Native @ 11/8
  • 14:50 Lingfield - Sassy Redhead @ 6/4
  • 19:30 Kempton - Hail The Flag @ 5/2

13:45 Lingfield - Island Native @ 11/8

Island Native is considered one of the most likely winners on the day in the Class 6 1m handicap from Lingfield.

The selection is representing Mick Appleby, who has found him a decent opportunity to follow up after his belated first career success on his fourth start for his new yard at Chelmsford last week. The four-year-old made all on that occasion and is drawn to attack once again in a ten-runner field, which is hardly brimming with early pace.

The selection may be able to gain an early advantage which will help him to defy a 5lb penalty. He will arrive 1lb ahead of the handicapper, having been raised 6lb for that success. Rober Havlin continuing in the saddle is another plus.

Island Native to win the 13.45 Lingfield at 11/8

14:50 Lingfield - Sassy Redhead @ 6/4

Finally, Sassy Redhead has strong form claims in the Class 6 6f handicap at Lingfield.

She did remarkably well to post a second course-and-distance victory from a poor draw last month. The selection has been raised 4lb to a mark of 55 for that success, but she has a much more favourable draw in stall two on this occasion, and she remains 7lb lower than when winning here in February last year.

Sassy Redhead to win the 14.50 Lingfield at 6/4

19:30 Kempton - Hail The Flag @ 5/2

One of the most interesting races on Wednesday is the Class 5 1m3f fillies' maiden on Kempton's evening all-weather card.

The two four-year-olds are representing stables not exactly renowned for winning this type of event on their debuts, and a shortlist of four three-year-olds emerged.

William Haggas is a name to note when sending a three-year-old runner to this sort of contest at Kempton, but College Choir finished last on her debut at Wolverhampton just over a fortnight ago, and the trainer's decent strike rate when reaching for first-time blinkers wasn't considered enough of a pull to side with her.

Silent Glance is representing the notable trainer and jockey combination of Ralph Beckett and Rob Hornby on her debut, and there is plenty of likeable stamina in her pedigree, but two fillies with an experience edge came more prominently to the fore.

Miss Monte Carlo shaped encouragingly on her debut over 3f shorter on this course earlier this month. She may appreciate this longer trip, having been narrowly thwarted the last day, but the winner was an unconsidered 150-1 five-year-old mare making her belated Flat debut.

Hail The Flag is therefore preferred with the form of her promising debut third at Wolverhampton, having been franked subsequently by the runner-up.

She is stepping up slightly in trip, which should suit her, and she is likely to finish her race off with much more purpose with the benefit of that first run behind her.

Her trainer, Archie Watson, is 4-22 in the past 14 days, and he is another trainer to note with his three-year-old runners on this course.

Hail The Flag to win the 19.30 Kempton at 5/2

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