Saturday, October 17, 2009

Kempton chit-chat

Sunday's listed novices' hurdle at Kempton (3.25) should prove useful for future reference. In this evening's tissue Press The Button is marked up favourite but on official ratings he has enough to find with both the top-rated Australia Day and Twiston-Davies' Cootehill; interest in the latter is tempered by the fact that he gives weight all round here and has a disappointing run at Market Rasen the last time to put behind him. Both Press The Button and Australia Day have had recent outings on the Flat. Kempton is a sharp track where the emphasis is on speed; I envisage both Aather and Australia Day trying to lead from the start. Australia Day has the top speed rating and would make some appeal as betting material if priced around the 3/1 mark.

In the 4.35 Philip Hobbs' Noble Request returns, having been off course for the best part of three years, while those looking for something to oppose odds-on shot Balthazar King with in the 5.10 may be interested in the fact that last time out The Big Orse finished fourth behind Kangaroo Court - that one obliged earlier today at Cheltenham.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

Australia Day (11/10f) may well have had the top speed rating but it proved of small consequence as the the favourtie overjumped the first flight, slipped on landing and... fell. Cootehill (9/2) took it up from thereon in and never saw another runner, beating Press The Button (15/8) three lengths.