Art Mauresque can defy distance to triumph at Kempton
Seven races live on the box
It’s another big weekend of racing in the UK with the card at Kempton looking particularly intriguing.
There’s a handful of Grade 2 renewals at the Sunbury course, plus decent action from Lingfield and Newcastle.
The ITV crew are covering the racing from all three courses and the Coral News Team are also throwing their expertise into the mix.
Nicholls to nail a big win in the Kempton feature?
It was only last month at the same course that Art Mauresque finished a hugely credible second to Cheltenham-bound Waiting Patiently.
That was a terrific result for Paul Nicholls’ charge and a huge confidence boost after clipping the first fence and going down at Ascot.
Nicholls has stepped his five-year-old up to 3m for the first time that day. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out, but he can still come again this time around in the 3:35pm.
Nicholls obviously highly rates the horse and, off a decent rating, could be a big player here. He’s regarded as a smooth jumper so if he can clear the first fence, he could provide Nicholls with a big win.
Lots of love for Redicean
Staying at Kempton, the Adonis Hurdle looks an interesting renewal. Redicean is the hot favourite for this one and it’s difficult to argue otherwise.
Since switching to Alan King’s yard, the four-year-old has done nothing wrong, winning off his two starts. Both of those victories were at Kempton so he clearly enjoys it around this particular course.
He’ll have decent competition from the likes of French raider Beau Gosse and Paul Nicholls Malaya, though.
But if he can handle the step up in quality, Redicean should easily justify favouritism here.
Williams stable could get on a roll
Venetia Williams could be on for a second big win in just over a week if last week’s Grand National Trial Handicap Chase was anything to go by.
The Herefordshire-based trainer runs Houblon Des Obeaux in the Eider Handicap Chase at Newcastle. This race is a 4m slog over heavy ground and that means a solid pick might be more prudent here.
This 11-year-old veteran isn’t the horse he once was, obviously, but there still could be life in the old legs yet.
Yala Enki stayed the course to win at Haydock for Williams last week and Houblon Des Obeaux could be worth a similar play here.
ITV Racing Tips:
1:50 Kempton – Cyrname
2:05 Lingfield – Royal Birth
2:25 Kempton – Redicean
2:45 Newcastle – Houblon Des Obeaux e/w
3:00 Kempton – Mont Des Avaloirs
3:15 Lingfield – Autocratic
3:35 Kempton – Art Mauresque
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing