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Kempton Preview: Prince’s Trust poised to follow-up

| 19.11.2014

Prince’s Trust looked a horse top keep onside when scoring last time out and can take the step up into Listed company in his stride to land the 1m feature contest on today’s twilight card at Kempton (6.25).

The William Haggas trained gelding ha swon three of his six starts and was ultra-impressive in the last of those when beating Music Theory by 1/2 a length in a competitive class 2 contest at Lingfield.

After being held-up towards the rear travelling well, the son of Invicible Spirt encountered traffic problems when making a move a furlong from home before bursting through horses to lead close home.

The four-year-old was value for much more than the winning margin, and the potent turn of foot showed suggested he would be more than capable of making an impact at this level.

Prince’s Trust also remains unexposed on the polytrack surface given that was his first start on it and looks the type who could turn oyt to be a real synthetics specialist.

His handler also boasts a near 20% strike rate at the track and saddled Battalion to win a similarly valuable contest at Lingfield four days ago.

Eveything points to a huge run, and with Shane Kelly in the saddle Prince’s Trust looks good value to beat the jolly Captain Cat.

Pintrada looked an unlucky loser when last seen in action and can gain compensation by landing the 1m 4f handicap (7.25).

The James Bethell trained gelding was denied a run at a vital stage before going down by just a short-head to Gabrial’s Star at Wolverhampton, and prior to that had posted a really solid effort to finish a close-up fifth of 19 to Open Eagle in a decent contest at York.

The winner of the latter went on to land the valuable November Handicap by 12 lengths and the form looks very strong in the context of this contest.

Pintrada also comes into the race a fresh horse after just four runs this season, and although now running off a career-high mark of 82 the son of Tiger Hill brings solid form into the contest and is just 2lb higher than his fine effort behind Open Eagle.

The six-year-old is going to be tough to beat if able to repeat that effort in this company, and the booking of Ted Duracn to do the steering is another plus as he has a good strike rate when teaming up with the yard.

3.50: Leonard Thomas
4.25: Pat Mustard
4.55: Packed House
5.25: Duretto
5.55: Sweet Selection
6.25: Prince’s Trust (NAP)
6.55: Buckland
7.25: Pintrada (NB)



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.