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Kempton preview: Very Special to deliver under Doyle

| 18.11.2015

David Metcalf | November 18, 2015

Very Special has a progressive profile and looks decent value to land the Listed 1m feature contest on this evening’s card at Kempton (18.55).

The Saeed bin Suroor trained filly looked a smart prospect when cruising to a five length success on debut as a juvenile, and went on to finish an excellent third to Osaila in a valuable sales race at Newmarket on her final start of 2014.

Very Special then had little difficulty overcoming an absence of 182 days to make a winning return to action in a conditions contest over course and distance back in April.

After being held-up off the pace in the early stages, Very Special made good headway to chase the leader a furlong from home before quickening nicely to score by a comfortable two lengths.

Punters can feel Very Special

It was a most taking performance, and one which suggested the three-year-old had a big engine and needed keeping firmly onside.

That view was confirmed when Very Special was stepped up into Listed company at Lingfield last time out and an unlucky second to Lamar.

The daughter of Lope De Vega was given far too much to do, but flew home inside the last to go down by a diminishing 1/2 a length at the line.

There is little doubt in my mind that Very Special would have won if ridden a bit more positively, and she can make the most of the weight allowance she receives from Gordon Lord Byron and Richard Pankhurst to gain compensation in the hands of James Doyle.

Clowance is One to watch

Trainer Roger Charlton has his team in good form at present, and Clowance One can provide him with another success in the 1m 4f handicap that closes proceedings (19.55).

The colt shaped with plenty of promise when placed in his first two starts before opening his account over course and distance here at Kempton back in October when scoring with far more in hand than the 3/4 length winning margin suggests.

Clowance One then disappointed slightly when only fifth of 12 on handicap debut at Newmarket last time out, but seemed unsuited by the drop back to 1m 2f and this stamina test this will be far more up his street.

Judged on earlier efforts the son of Oasis Dream looks on a fair mark off a rating of 82, and this class 4 contest looks a nice opportunity for Clowance One to get back on the winning trail.


16.25: Buckland Beau
16.55: Frozen Force
17.25: War Story
17.55: Amanaat
18.25: Van Dyke
18.55: Very Special (NAP)
19.25: Communicator
19.55: Clowance One (NB)


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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.