From seven meetings across the UK & Ireland on Wednesday 30 August, it’s Kempton’s seven-race evening card that stands out to me.
I’ve got a couple of tips for the occasion – including a debutant for Richard Hannon who’s been found a realistic opportunity to make a winning start to his career.
18:00 – Local Hero @ 6/1
It’s rare that I’d suggest an unraced horse over those with form in the book, but this 2yo novice event over 1m looks average and there’s a lot to like about Richard Hannon’s newcomer Local Hero.
By Irish 2000 Guineas winner Phoenix Of Spain, he ticks the box as far as breeding is concerned – and his entries for the October Auction Stakes at Newmarket and the Two Year old Trophy at Redcar suggest he’s showing plenty at home.
He won’t need to be any more than slightly above average to win this race, in my opinion. Roger Teal’s Calvert and Alnoory for Richard Hughes set the standard, but it’s not a high one and I wouldn’t say either strike me as types to improve beyond recognition – while the other five are, I think it’s fair to say, uninspiring.
Sean Levey has only two rides on Wednesday evening and one is a big-priced handicapper for Stuart Williams, which makes me think he’s here mainly for Local Hero. Hopefully my suspicion is right and Levey’s decision proves worthwhile.
20:00 – Folk Star @ 6/1
Exactly two hours later is an interesting 0-75 fillies’ handicap over 1m4f, and I really like David Simcock’s Folk Star.
The three-year-old daughter of Le Havre has taken a bit of time to get to grips with the racing game, but her latest effort when trying a synthetic surface for the first time was one full of promise.
She was only 1½ lengths behind the re-opposing Mildyjama, who is favourite on Wednesday evening, that day and is 4lbs better off here. She also looks like she’ll relish the extra furlong, and jockey Saffie Osborne is enjoying a fantastic season so far.
Folk Star, who is in receipt of weight from all five of her rivals, ought to be very dangerous in this company.