GET IN LINE FOR KEMPTON
Get In Line For Kempton
Get In Line For Kempton
By Anita Chambers
BEVERLEY: 2.00 Panama Cat, 2.30 Brunswick Vale, 3.00 Diamond Blue, 3.30 Cheviot Quest, 4.00 Carragold, 4.30 Darling Grace, 5.00 Quixote.
HEREFORD: 1.50 Monturgeon, 2.20 Pantxoa, 2.50 Nicky Nutjob, 3.20 Noble Media, 3.50 Roses Legend, 4.20 Try Catch’Me, 4.50 Jomade, 5.20 Strictly.
KEMPTON: 6.20 Indigo Iris, 6.50 Cut Across, 7.20 Dutch Supreme, 7.50 Moon Glow, 8.20 The Blue Dog, 8.50 CURZON LINE (NAP), 9.20 Top Diktat.
KILLARNEY: 5.30 Cass Bligh, 6.00 Diamond Shower, 6.30 Carlito Brigante, 7.00 Van Rooney, 7.30 Thomasgainsborough, 8.00 Night Singer, 8.30 Olympiad.
SOUTHWELL: 5.40 Roc’De Guye, 6.10 Top Benefit, 6.40 Fabalu, 7.10 The Polomoche, 7.40 Raktiman, 8.10 Cape Express, 8.40 Shuh Shuh Gah.
WINCANTON: 2.10 Cabora, 2.40 Allformary, 3.10 Inside Dealer, 3.40 Super Ken, 4.10 Flaming Gorge, 4.40 Havenstone, 5.10 Mysocks.
Curzon Line turned in a satisfactory effort on his recent seasonal return and he should waste little time in getting off the mark at Kempton.
The Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained three-year-old failed to get his head in front in four starts as a juvenile but the winter break has obviously proved a positive for him as he filled the runner-up spot last time.
Curzon Line raced prominently behind the pace-setting winner that day and perhaps such a key role was too big an ask after a six-month lay off.
Nevertheless, he was only beaten two and a half lengths in the finish and was just caught out by a speedier rival.
Stepped up to a mile in the Kempton For Outdoor Events Handicap, Curzon Line must have an excellent chance of a maiden victory.
Sir Michael Stoute’s team largely failed to hit top gear at any point last season but Top Diktat still proved good enough to win and is an eyecatching contender on his return in the betfair.com Racing Handicap.
He broke his maiden at Yarmouth last July but then had to wait until Newbury in October to taste victory again.
Top Diktat was possibly a little slow on the uptake but stayed on strongly to prevail by a nose on his final outing and shaped like he would be a better four-year-old.
Moon Glow is worth looking out for as she makes her racecourse bow in the Betfair Median Auction Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
This filly is a Nayef half-sister to dual Group One winner Medicean and John Gosden has obviously taken a patient approach with her as she failed to make the track as a juvenile.
Her breeding promises much and she merits an interest.
Carragold finished second at Beverley last week but can go one place better on the Westwood this time.
Lining up in the Beverley Racecourse Is Perfect For Weddings Handicap, Carragold will clash again with both Toto Skyllachy and Mohebb who finished first and third that day.
Mel Brittain’s charge was getting 10lb from the winner then and will have the benefit of a further 6lb pull this time around.
Given that he was only beaten a neck that day, Carragold should surely have the measure of Toto Skyllachy this time.
Diamond Blue can make full use of an all-important low draw in the Annie Oxtoby Memorial Handicap.
Everyone knows the draw is usually the key to five-furlong sprints at this track and Richard Whitaker’s charge could hardly have fared better in drawing stall one.
Her recent effort when third at Catterick bodes well as she had been off the course for 237 days so a reasonable amount of improvement is expected.
Ryan Moore’s presence aboard the Stoute-trained Courage is sure to attract plenty of attention in the Nosebag Cafeteria Maiden Stakes, but preference is for Darling Grace.
Third to subsequent Group Three winner Alsindi on her racecourse bow, Darling Grace was a touch disappointing when only sixth at Yarmouth on her final juvenile outing.
However, she was not beaten that far and it is possible she was past her best by October, so Darling Grace is worth another chance.
Shuh Shuh Gah opened his account on the final day of last season and he can make it a quickfire double in the TIS Rotary Polio Eradication Intermediate National Hunt Flat Race at Southwell.
Placed on his first two outings, Malcolm Jefferson’s charge triumphed at Market Rasen despite his evident greenness, which saw him give trouble on the way to the start as well as idling late on.
He still won by six lengths though and while that was a pretty easy test, Shuh Shuh Gah should be better again for the experience.
Monturgeon can strike in Hereford’s Leominster Novices’ Hurdle while Flaming Gorge is the choice in the Piper Heidsieck Novices’ Chase at Wincanton.
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