There are three scheduled meetings set to take place on Wednesday but the weather is a major threat to two of them.
Kempton’s all-weather meeting may end up being the only meeting of the day, where they have no fewer than nine races from 16:25-20:30 and the going is ‘Standard to slow’.
We’ve selected three horses that could be worth looking out for at the Surrey track, including Maverick Style, who thrived in first time blinkers last time out.
16:25 Kempton – Maverick Style @ 3/1
One particularly interesting runner at Kempton on Wednesday is MAVERICK STYLE and she is set to go in the opening race on the card, which is a competitive, albeit minor Handicap over 7f.
Paul & Oliver Cole’s three-year-old took a little while to get the hang of things but managed to get off the mark at Chelmsford last time out. First time blinkers clearly did the trick and she showed a terrific attitude to hold off the late challenge of the second.
The handicapper has responded with a 3lb rise but she’s still lightly raced and it would be no surprise to see her put in another career-best effort here. It’s a wise move to keep the blinkers on once again and there should be plenty more to come.
Rob Hornby was on board last time out and it has to be a positive that the partnership is maintained this time around.
19:00 Kempton – Juan Solo @ 7/2
Trained by Sylvester Kirk, JUAN SOLO has shown enough in three starts so far to suggest he should be winning races before long. The switch to the all-weather has encouraged a couple of fair placed efforts in his last two starts.
This son of Dandy Man showed particular promise when third over 7f at Wolverhampton in October. He only just failed to grab second that day and kept on well in a manner which suggested that the return to a mile will suit on this handicap debut.
He again finished third over the same course and distance when last seen but was far too keen and he failed to get home as a result. Hopefully he’ll have learnt from that experience and the switch to handicaps should help bring about plenty of improvement.
Tom Marquand is certainly an eye-catching jockey booking and he’ll give this gelding every opportunity to get off the mark.
20:30 Kempton – Dicko The Legend @ 5/1
Roger Ingram’s DICKO THE LEGEND has been very productive of late and has scored in two of his last four starts. That includes a very comfortable victory at Chelmsford last time out (6f, standard) where he scooted clear to win by two-and-a-quarter lengths.
It was a visually pleasing effort that day, as the result never looked in doubt and he was eased down before the line. He definitely left the impression there was plenty more in the tank.
A 6lb rise from the handicapper certainly isn’t insignificant but it is probably warranted. Still somewhat unexposed, another career-best effort can’t be ruled out. Rhiain Ingram has formed a decent partnership with this horse and her 3lb claim will continue to come in handy.
This son of Ardad has a good record in all-weather handicaps over this trip and the best could be yet to come.
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