Back Chil The Kite At 2.40 Newbury
The Tote have decided to include only one race from Newbury’s Lockinge card for the £10 million Scoop6 bet, the contest in question being the seven furlong Betfred Astronomical £10 Million Scoop6 Today Handicap at 2.40 in which 14 horses are set to go to post, and at the 16-1 available with William Hill it could be worth taking a chance on the Hughie Morrison-trained Chil The Kite returning to form after a disappointing winter in Meydan.
The 5-year-old ran well in Group company at this time last year starting with a close third behind Trumpet Major in Sandown’s Group 2 Bet365 Mile before finishing a creditable fourth behind the high-class Farhh in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes 12 months ago. A trip to Royal Ascot was next on the agenda for the Notnowcato gelding who, although only 7th to Declaration Of War, was less than five lengths behind Aidan O’Brien’s charge crossing the line. After a short break Chil The Kite returned for an autumn campaign which including an excellent effort in Turkey when going down by a head to another British raider in the Richard Hannon-trained Producer in the Group 2 International Topkapi Trophy.
Connections decided to send the horse to Meydan for the winter but the best he could manage was a close third in a one mile handicap at the beginning of February. Returning to this country Chil The Kite was sent to Lingfield for the valuable Coral.co.uk Winter Derby but after being slowly away was never able to get competitive. Back on turf and off a fair mark of 104 the mount of George Baker would have an outstanding chance if able to reproduce his early efforts of last season. Top weight Morache Music may prove the biggest danger after looking a desperely unlucky loser at Haydock last week when getting no sort of run behind Intibaah in a Conditions race.