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Kempton Preview: Don’t Be can complete hat-trick

| 22.12.2014

The ultra-progressive Don’t Be can make light of a 4lb rise in the weights to land the hat-trick in the 7f handicap at Kempton today (3.20).

Trained by the ultra-shrewd Sir Mark Prescott, the filly is a typical improver from the yard who looks well-ahead of the assessor.

The four-year-old opened her account in good style at Wolevrhampton when only having to be driven out to score by 1 1/4 lengths off a mark of 66, and easily defied a 6lb rise in the weights to follow-up in impressive fashion at Lingfield last time out.

Don’t Be was held-up and forced to race wide in the latter, before making good headway a furlong from home and showing a smart turn of foot to quicken clear and beat Presumido by 1 1/3 lengths.

The daughter of Cape Cross was value for much more than the winning margin, and given her upwardly mobile profile a further 4lb rise in the weights looks on the lenient side.

Takeitfromalady disappointed when failing to land a gamble last time out but looks worth another chance to take advantage of a drop in the weights in the 1m 3f handicap (2.50).

The Lee Carter trained gelding is on a long losing run, having not scored since landing a class 4 contest at Windsor back in July 2012 off a mark of 82.

However he did run a couple of solid races to be placed last year, including when a 3/4 length runner-up over course and distance in a class 4 contest off 79, and now gets into this class 6 affair off just 62.

That is a career-low mark for the five-year-old, and makes the son of Intikhab dangerously well-treated if bouncing back to anything like his best.

In the 6f handicap (3.50), Secret Asset looks decent each-way value now dropped into class 4 company for the first time in his career.

The Jane Chapple-Hyam trained gelding was last successful in a class 2 handicap at York in July 2013 off a mark of 96 and is now able to race off just 80.

That gives the nine-year-old a huge chance from a handicapping perspective in this much lower grade, especially if the fitting of the blinkers for the first time have the desired effect.

1.15: Azure Amour
1.45: Evident
2.20: Made With Love
2.50: Takeitfromalady (NB)
3.20: Don’t Be (NAP)
3.50: Secret Asset
4.20: Arashi



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.