Kempton Park Tips: Dream can come True in Wednesday’s opener

 | January 24 | 

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Kempton Park All-Weather

There are no fewer than five meetings set to take place this Wednesday.

We have two all-weather meetings and two jumps meetings in Britain while there is an interesting rescheduled jumps card at Fairyhouse in Ireland.

We focus on the Flat action on the Polytrack at Kempton and have a trio of selections for the card.

Kempton Park Tips

  • 17:30 - True Blue Gent @ 4/1
  • 18:30 - Alhather @ 10/3
  • 20:00 - The Bay Warrior @ 3/1

17:30 - True Blue Gent @ 4/1

Three-year-old handicaps at the turn of the year are often competitive races and perhaps not the easiest to predict the winners of but a strong case can be made for True Blue Gent in Kempton’s opener, a Class 6 (0-60) one-mile handicap.

He showed a big chunk of improvement when chasing home a previous Polytrack winner at this venue just before Christmas, possibly improving for the fitting of first-time blinkers.

The form has a solid look to it, with the fourth coming out and winning since and True Blue Gent is entirely unexposed here, having just his third start in handicap company.

A switch to more prominent tactics seemed to really help him last time and he’s ideally drawn to attack once again with the inside stall to work with.

He’s only been nudged up 1lb for that run and his trainer, Marco Botti has been in good form in recent times with a couple of winners in the last fortnight. Expect him to make a bold bid from the front.

The main danger could be Glen Heste who was only narrowly denied over this course and distance last time out but unlike the selection, he has a poor draw to work with, out in stall 12.

18:30 - Alhather @ 10/3

There was plenty to like about the debut from Alhather at Southwell last month and given how much Andrew Balding’s juveniles tend to improve from their first run, this Al Shaqab colt could be hard to beat in the seven furlong maiden.

The son of Kodiac looked a bit green when push came to shove at Southwell on debut but he showed a good attitude towards the end of the race, hanging on for a share of second (dead-heat) and he was only beaten by one with experience who was arriving on the back of a promising debut performance.

He’s less exposed than market rival Aljezur and Charlie Appleby’s debutant, Native Approach, wears a hood for debut, an off-putting piece of headgear for a newcomer.

20:00 - The Bay Warrior @ 3/1

Later on the card, The Bay Warrior looks to have solid claims after his recent course win just 18 days ago.

All four of his wins have come on a Polytrack surface and he showed a game attitude to win over a slightly shorter trip here last time out.

David Probert takes over in the saddle, a jockey that has been on the crest of a wave nine winners in the last fortnight and having only been nudged up 2lb for that success last time out, his mount may be capable of enhancing his yard’s excellent recent strike-rate of 22%, particularly with the best of the draw down in stall one.

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