Ed Dunlop isn’t necessarily a trainer horse racing punters will associate with lots of winners during the All-Weather season, but in recent days Dunlop has produced four winners from his last six runners, priced at 7/2, 9/2, 4/1 and 7/1.
In Wednesday’s 6.15pm maiden at Kempton his AL HAMD is unlikely to be quite as generous in the odds department, but the result should be the same as he looks far better than his rivals in this one mile event.
A son of Intikhab, Al Hamd showed good progressive form in three maidens last year, the latest of which was a fine effort when second at Salisbury back in September. He got the better of the odds on favourite there, only to be cut down late by a strong finishing outsider. I Can’t Stop is his likely main danger in this race on the back of a course and distance second last time out, but the form has taken some knocks since and it would be a minor shock if Ed Dunlop’s hot streak wasn’t continued here.
In the following “£10 Free Bet At 32RedSport.Com” Median Auction Maiden over twelve furlongs, Andrew Balding’s highly useful maiden HAVISHAM can finally get off the mark at the tenth attempt. Not seen since August of last year, this son of Mount Nelson has some excellent form in the book, not least when finishing fifth in the Listed Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot in June and running a blinder a month later over this trip at the same track in a decent handicap.
His season ended on a low note at York in the Betfred Melrose Stakes handicap where he was tailed off and never in contention, but he returns after a gelding operation and a good holiday and will take all of the beating against six apparently inferior rivals. He’s only a four-year-old so is entitled to prove a little more consistent this season and although he is a likely to be seen to better effect over further, he should have too much quality for this field.
6.15pm Kempton – Al Hamd, 4pts win at 4/6 Skybet
6.45pm Kempton – Havisham, 4pts win at 8/11 Skybet
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