After a quiet day Tuesday, we’re back to a regular schedule on Wednesday 23 August with no fewer than six meetings across the UK and Ireland.
Our focus will be on Kempton’s seven-race card, which will be the last of the six meetings to get underway on Wednesday. The going is expected to be standard to slow for the opener at 5:52, while the final contest is due to start at 8:52.
Betfred’s “Extra Place” promotion is available in the final two races of the day at Kempton, and one of our selections will run in the finale.
6.22 – Aljezur @ 7/2
Owner and trainer of Aljezur, Luke Dace, will be pleased with the first few performances of his two-year-old after two runs this summer.
The son of Galileo Gold was a 22/1 shot on debut at Newbury at the start of July, and he outran his odds by finishing second to Baheer. He then managed to run on well to finish fourth at Ascot three weeks later at 10/1, but that display suggested he wants a step up in trip.
Dace has clearly thought his plan through, and with Wednesday’s race set to be run over seven furlongs, Aljezur can shed the maiden tag at the third attempt.
6.52 – Qirat @ 5/6
Juddmonte will hope they have something special on their hands with Qirat as he prepares to run for just the second time.
Trainer Ralph Beckett has been in decent form of late, winning 11 races in the last two weeks, while he helped Qirat finish third at Newmarket on the July course.
Like Aljezur, Qirat’s performance suggested he may want to run over a longer trip, and he will also make the step up to seven furlongs. Qirat’s form is the best in the race ahead of Wednesday’s contest, and if he improves further, then he will be tough to beat.
8.52 – Doves Of Peace @ 5/2
Doves Of Peace has not been seen since the end of March, but Michael Bell’s charge should come back firing for that break.
The son of Camacho had flattered to deceive during his first three career runs, finishing seventh at Southwell and Lingfield and eighth at Chelmsford.
However, a return to Lingfield on handicap debut managed to bring the best out of him, and he finished second to Eight Mile in March.
After a break from the track, connections will hope he can come back firing, and he should give punters a run for their money on Wednesday night.