Wincanton’s feature card is subject to a 7.30am inspection, and prospects appear slim with conditions given as soft – frozen in places – on Wednesday morning. Shame as it looks like a good competitive meeting, but the synthetic surfaces look like our best chance of seeing some racing.
At the time of writing, there is no information concerning the draw at Wolverhampton, so I have concentrated on this evening’s Kempton card.
6.00pm Kempton - Bernadine
I was disappointed with the run of Blue Curacao at Lingfield over 7f last time when he was perfectly positioned when the sprint was on, but he failed to pick up and faded back into sixth.
He had previously run an eye-catching race when fourth at a mile at Southwell when he would have gone closer had he not met significant trouble in running from a poor draw. He is 2lbs lower in the weights this evening, and Alex Volkhansky takes off another 7lbs. Had the Richard Hannon stable been in form I would have thought he had a leading chance, and I will be keeping a close eye on the market.
BERNADINE has had just the five career starts and steps up to a mile for the first time, which could be the key for James Fanshawe’s filly, who has plenty of stamina on the distaff side. She stayed on all the way to the line at Lingfield when second last time, and you can put a line through her handicap debut when constantly denied a run at Wolverhampton.
8.00pm Kempton - Mille Miglia
Dinoo improved for the step up to 10f in recent starts and has form figures of 132 at that distance. He has been given a seven-week break since finishing runner-up at Lingfield last time, and he could easily improve again for this evening’s additional quarter of a mile.
There is plenty of stamina on the distaff side of the family, but his ability to get the trip must be taken on trust, and he has been put in at just 2/1.
The each-way alternative to the market leader is MILLE MIGLIA, who is just 3lbs higher than when scoring over C&D back in November and ran well back on tapeta from this revised mark at Southwell at New Year when forced to make his own running.
There is little guaranteed pace in the race which would suit Dinoo but, granted a decent gallop, I would be disappointed if the Clive Cox-trained 5-year-old did not run a big race.
8.30pm Kempton - Princess Nieve (Nap of the Day)
Faithless Insomnia is fitted with cheekpieces for the first time as he looks to reverse recent Lingfield form with PRINCESS NIEVE. He is 5lbs better off for the neck he was behind the filly at the weekend, but I thought George Boughey’s filly won a shade cosily over that 10f trip, and she is taken to follow up with tonight’s additional furlong considered a positive.
George Boughey has his string in excellent form, she has an excellent draw in stall one, and Kevin Stott takes over in the saddle even though Daniel Muscutt – who was in the plate at the weekend – is riding at the meeting.
The mare Cendrillon has finished runner-up in her last couple of starts, and it will be interesting to see if Hayley Turner goes forward from stall five. She is more exposed than the selection, who has only had four career starts and improved significantly for the step up in trip on Saturday.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.