Kempton Preview: Money Talks looks top dollar
Money Talks was a big eye-catcher last time out and looks to have been found a good opportunity to open his account on the level in the 2m handicap on this evening’s card at Kempton (7.20).
The Michael Madgewick trained gelding had shown improved form over hurdles before finishing a staying on third to Arashi over course and distance last month.
Four-year-old Money Talks was held-up well off the pace in a slowly run race, and got caught flat footed when the tempo quickened before staying on strongly to be beaten 3 1/4 lengths without being unduly kncoked about.
It was a run which suggested he was ahead of his current handicap mark of 65, and the winner has gone on to score again to give the form a solid look.
Given that was only Money Talk’s fifth run on the flat, there must be every chance that the son of Motivator has more to offer and the booking of George Baker looks a big positive
Baker has a 25% strike rate when teaming up with this stable in the past 12 months (two wins and six places from eight rides), and his presence in the saddle for the first time suggests connections mean business.
Furas is by far the most interesting runner in the 1m handicap (6.20) and could potentially be a cut-above his rivals.
This Saeed Bin Suroor trained colt looked a smart prospect when making a winning debut on this track in November, travelling strongly on the leaders’ heels before quickening to lead inside the last and win going away by 3 1/4 lengths.
Furas, the son of Shamardal, has been allotted an opening handicap mark of 84 on that victory, and given the manner of that success this could well be on the lenient side.
In the 6f juvenile contest (7.50) Limato looks a worthy odds-on favourite to land the spoils.
The gelding impressed when making a winning debut over course and distance earlier in the month, travelling sweetly throughout and having only to be pushed out to score by 2 1/2 lengths from Hawakesbury.
The runner-up had been highly touted going into the contest, and the pair pulled well clear of the field.
It was a highly promising effort, which suggested Limato was well up to winning a race of this nature.
5.50: Delightful Sleep
6.20: Furas (NB)
7.20: Money Talks (NAP)
8.20: Backstage Gossip
8.50: Gone Dutch