Wednesday 10 August 2011

6:30 Kempton (10th August) - Result

Quite a restricted median auction race over 7f.

Charitable Act didn't have much luck on debut when starting slowly and badly hampered. However, he showed a fair level of ability when second to Gerfalcon at Salisbury. The third horse, Gusto, has since won with ease and the fourth, Sir Fredlot, was beaten by a talented juvenile in the last few days. Muir's two-year-old was entered to run in the same race at Sir Fredlot at Windsor but was withdrawn. He plugged on well at Salisbury, so this extra shouldn't pose too much of a problem. If available at an each way price this would be a superb bet. A fair juvenile who has good win and place claims.

Firestarter is another juvenile to have claims. This seven furlongs will be a big positive to this colt's chances. A son of Cockney Rebel - 80,000gns yearling - he is progressing well and on both starts has shown a level of ability. He looked very sleepy on debut and took an age to get motoring at Newbury, but finished with some purpose. Elsworth is likely to have him primed today. Whether this turning course will suit is a matter of opinion but I would expect a strong finish and a live chance.

Viscount Vert was made favourite on debut at Salisbury but disappointed. This half-brother to Time To Work must have suffered an injury because he has been off course for a good while and it would be no surprise to see a better performance today. The betting is the key to this juveniles chances and if priced in single figures should be respected with good each way claims. 

Of the others, Oblitereight could go well if priced 13/2 & less.

Conclusion:  I wouldn't look beyond these four horses to find the winner. Charitable Act is a decent juvenile for this grade. Firestarter will appreciate this extra furlong and another winner waiting to happen. If either of these touch each way prices they would be great bets. Viscount Vert has something to prove after his disappointment at Salisbury. If relatively fancied in the betting he could turn out to be something of a dark horse. A fair each way bet at 9/1 & less.

HCE: ''A bit of everything around the twists & turns of Kempton. Charitable Act showed his worth by a battling success. Oblitereight ran a great race and it may turn out this was a very good performance. Firestarter was going well but veered violently to his left before regaining his composure making good ground. I will need to review the race to ascertain why he was so wayward but he is a fair sort if running in a straight line. Viscount Vert was another who is better than he looks. Outpaced and pushed along he found all manner of problems and then stuck behind horses before running on well. Perhaps a mile would be more suiting.''