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Kempton Preview: Sir Robert fancied to rise to the occasion

| 05.11.2014

Sir Robert Cheval has some strong all-weather form to his name and looks weighted to go well in the 7f handicap at Kempton this evening (7.40).

The Marco Botti trained gelding developed into a useful sort on the polytrack surface, winning a maiden in runaway style at Lingfield in November 2013 before going on to run too solid races in decent contests at the same venue in the spring.

In the first of those, the son of Green Desert stayed on strongly to finish a never nearer 2 1/4 length fourth of 12 to Ertijaal in the 7f Listed Spring Cup off an official rating of 90.

The three-year-old backed that up with a decent fifth behind the same rival in conditions contest off 95 before having his attentions switched to the turf.

After failing to trouble the judge in his first two starts on that surface, Sir Robert Cheval has bounced back to form to finish runner-up on his last two outings.

In the first of those, Sir Robert Cheval looked a desperately unlucky loser when encountering trouble in-running before finishing well to be beaten just 1/2 a length in a competitive class 2 contest at Doncaster off a rating of 92.

He is able to race in this lower grade class 3 affair off just 2lb higher, and with the return to the polytrack surface a plus looks nicely treated on the pick of his form.

In the 1m 4f Listed contest (7.10), Rydan is going to be tough to beat judged on his runaway success at the track when last seen in action.

The Robert Mills trained colt could not have been more impressive in beating Carnivale six lengths, travelling strongly throughout before cutting through the field like a knife through butter two from home and quickening clear in effortless fashion.

Although that was just a class 3 handicap, it was run in a good time and was a performance which suggested Rydan was well worth a crack at this level.

It was also just the first time that Rydan has run on the polytrack surface since finishing a promising sixth on debut, and it would be no surprise to see the son of Intense Focus develop into an all-weather specialist.

Another plus is that Rydan is also two from three under jockey Tom Queally, and everything points to a huge run.

4.35: Graylyn Ruby
5.10: Tazffin
5.40: Prying
6.10: Victory Megastar
6.40: Evening Rain
7.10: Rydan (NB)
7.40: Sir Robert Cheval (NAP)
8.10: Fickle Feelings



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.