Can Swansdown Finally Come Through At Kempton?5 min read
In Saturday’s Atalanta Stakes at Sandown Jubiloso is 6/4 to show she was an unlucky loser at Goodwood last time when she finished a never nearer third over 7f, giving the impression she will be well served by the return to a mile. Note Sir Michael Stoute’s three-year-old is 3lbs better off with former Guineas winner Billesdon Brook – 8s at BetVictor – who landed the spoils at Goodwood and is likely to reoppose at the weekend.
The opening 1m Novice Stakes for fillies looks a well above average contest with National Treasure and Tanita (5.55) both stepping up to a mile having finished third over 7f on debut. National Treasure was made market leader for her Newmarket debut, but she is drawn out in stall 11 and preference is the Stoute filly.
Tanita – like National Treasure – holds entries in the Rockfel and Fillies’ Mile and this daughter of Frankel looked ready for a step up to a mile when a close third here at the beginning of the month. Ryan Moore keeps the ride.
Mums Hope pecked at the start and was always playing catch up at Windsor last time. She won her sole start here last season and is a big danger. The vote, however, goes to Mutasaamy (6.25) who has run well on both starts since being gelded including when scoring here last time – albeit from an 8lbs lower mark.
We all have “cliff” horses, but I am going to give Swansdown (7.25) one last chance despite the fact that she has now been a beaten favourite on her last five starts. The form of her third at Newmarket last time has been franked by the subsequent victories of the first and fourth and William Haggas’s filly makes her all-weather debut from the same mark. Ryan Moore takes over in the saddle for the first time.
The Pinto Kid continues to run well and his 5lbs rise for finishing second here last time is, arguably, negated by the 7lbs claim of apprentice Lorenzo Atzori who has already rode a winner from just three career rides in Britain. I’m going to take a chance on the stamina of Alma Linda (7.55) who was denied a run when third over an extended nine furlongs at Wolverhampton last time and the distaff side of her breeding suggest this 11f trip will be within her compass.
I hope it is a good evening for Sir Mark Prescott who saddles Alma Linda and Blame It On Sally (8.25) who carries a 6lbs penalty for making all at Goodwood last time over 2m. The filly is the only runner with winning form at the trip and the hope is that Luke Morris can make all from stall one.
Alma Linda (7.55)
Blame It On Sally (8.25)
At Catterick, Kensington Art (2.50) has yet to win a race, but he has been knocking on the door at present and is taken to land the Stayers’ Handicap for the inform Richard Fahey who had a double on Bank Holiday Monday.
Kensington Art (2.50)
At Worcester this evening, Alexander The Grey (4.45) drops back to the minimum trip having improved for the change to front-running tactics in his last couple of starts which have been over trips in excess of two miles. Kielan Woods takes over in the saddle and I hope he can make all for Graeme McPherson.
Alexander The Grey (4.45)