18:40 Kempton

Wednesday 11 December 2019

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32Red Handicap

Class 3  |   1m 7f 218y  |   Standard / Slow  |   9 Runners  |   Polytrack
Off time: 18:41  |   Winning time: 3m 26.06s
Weighed In
1
(2)
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-0  |  J: K Shoemark |  T: Mrs A J Perrett|  OR: 95
25/1

1m6f winner but still yet to convince over this two furlong longer trip. Wears a hood for the first time having run moderately over C&D last time. Dropped 2lb but has a bit to prove at present.

2
(5)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-11  |  J: Tom Marquand |  T: A King|  OR: 92|  D
12/1

Ground out victory over extended 2m in Southwell handicap in February prior to seven-month break. No show first two starts back in good company but better last time when second at Newmarket last month. Should be in the mix.

3
(9)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-11  |  J: Daniel Muscutt |  T: Miss Gay Kelleway|  OR: 92|  D
33/1

On fairly long losing run since landing valuable Northumberland Vase at Newcastle in June 2018. Ran cracker in Northumberland Plate this June when close fifth though and may have needed run after a break when well beaten recently. 2lb lower now.

4
(7)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-10  |  J: Jim Crowley |  T: Mrs A J Perrett|  OR: 91|  CD
5/4

Progressive 2m staying handicapper in 2018 winning over C&D and at Goodwood prior to 11-month break and wind surgery. Come back in form and won over C&D last time in impressive fashion. 6lb rise makes life tougher but there may be more to come.

5
(1)
Age: 8|  Weight: 9-8  |  J: A Kirby |  T: S Curran|  OR: 89|  C
11/4

3-3 here this summer over 1m3f-1m4f and wasn't beaten far off this mark at Wolverhampton last time. Steps up 4f though and has stamina to prove in decent racer so may be best watched for the time being.

6
(3)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-6  |  J: James Doyle |  T: D M Simcock|  OR: 87
7/1

Unexposed 1m6f Catterick maiden winner. Not seen until September this year when ran with credit at Goodwood then fine second in 2m2f Cesarewicth Trial Handicap at HQ in September. Something to prove on this surface but is an interesting contender.

7
(4)
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: P J McDonald |  T: Ian Williams|  OR: 86|  C
14/1

Broke lengthy losing run when winning 1m4f Ascot handicap in July. Stepped up to 2m for first time over C&D three weeks ago and stayed on to finish close fifth on fist run for over trhee month. Same mark and open to improvement.

8
(8)
Age: 6|  Weight: 8-12  |  J: David Probert |  T: G L Moore|  OR: 79|  CD
25/1

Won Goodwood 2m handicap this spring off 12lb lower mark. Well held over C&D in October and showed little over hurdles last time. Others make rather more appeal.

9
(6)
Age: 6|  Weight: 8-11  |  J: Jonathan Fisher |  T: Ian Williams|  OR: 78
33/1

Yet to win beyond 1m4f and has shown generally regressive form since joining current yard in March. Falling down the handicap but has stamina to prove and faces no easy task here.

Betting

Forecast

Astromachia (5/4), All Yours (11/4), Smart Champion (7/1), Rainbow Dreamer (12/1), Western Duke (14/1), Age Of Wisdom (25/1), Platitude (25/1), Manjaam (33/1), Cosmelli (33/1)

Verdict
There are a number with genuine claims here, but COSMELLI has a solid chance at decent odds if reproducing anything close to his fine fifth in the Northumberland Plate this summer. He's 4lb lower now and should be better for a recent pipe-opener. Astromachia appeared to improve when scoring over C&D last time and is a threat despite being 6lb higher, and both Rainbow Dreamer and Smart Champion cannot be ruled out of the equation in an interesting contest.
  1. Cosmelli
  2. Astromachia
  3. Smart Champion
Prize Money
1st: £9,338.002nd: £2,796.003rd: £1,398.004th: £699.005th: £350.006th: £176.00

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