January 25 / 19.30 Kempton (AW)

19.30

Standard To Slow

Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Handicap (London Stayers’ Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £6280.8
  • 1m 7f 218y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Handicap (London Stayers’ Series Qualifier)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Polytrack

Weather: Mostly cloudy

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 430-71 D

Last run: 4 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Made the frame a few times for Donnacha O'Brien; opened his account in 2m handicap at Lingfield four days ago when having only his second run for new stable; incurs 5lb penalty for that neck win but Adam Farragher takes off a useful 3lb; open to further progress at this trip; respected.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

13

(7)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 2

15:47 Lingfield (AW)

First Emperor

8st 11lb

J: Luke Morris

T: John Ryan

pushed along soon after start, towards rear after 2f

16/1

3rd

5

(4)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 3

17:05 Southwell (AW)

First Emperor

9st 9lb

J: Luke Morris

T: John Ryan

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, headway over 3f out, soon outpaced, rallied from 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, went third towards finish, not pace to challenge

16/1

6th

4

(2)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:32 Lingfield (AW)

First Emperor

9st 13lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: John Ryan

Had wind surgery (his second) and gelding operation prior to Kempton reappearance in race won by Red Flyer, seeming to need the run; likely to fare better this time and he is a C&D winner.

7/1

13/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 5235-7 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Needs the cards to drop right as he's usually held up and not always a smooth traveller; below par at Lingfield two weeks ago; however, has consistent form at up to 1m4f here and gives the impression he may improve for this new trip; one to consider off a workable mark.
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13th

5

(7)

23rd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:55 Bath

Silverscape

9st 12lb

J: Luke Catton

T: Roger Teal

Second once over 1m2f on good last August but generally speaking he has been much more interesting on AW, including when runner-up once at 2m; no impact in either sphere on last five starts (given wind surgery after third) so there are major doubts to go alongside his career-low mark.

20/1

5th

5

(4)

27th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 5

20:45 Newbury

Silverscape

9st 8lb

J: Luke Catton

T: Roger Teal

Not at his best on his last four starts but took step back in right direction at Kempton (1m3f, AW) last time on first run since wind surgery, when the steady gallop was a negative; today's extra furlong is a plus and he might not be far away, having continued to drop down the weights.

10/1

7th

4

(3)

12th Jul 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 5

18:00 Kempton (AW)

Silverscape

9st 11lb

J: Liam Wright

T: Roger Teal

Won two of his first three starts on Polytrack (1m/1m2f) in the winter of 2021/22; 0-13 since, but placed off higher marks three times here (1m3f/2m) in that period; returns from a second wind operation and place claims at least if rediscovering his best form.

7/1

3rd
2 (4)
Coltor

7/1

Form: 35/05-

Last run: 109 days

W: 10st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Dual winner on Flat (turf) and over hurdles for Dermot Weld; ran respectably in big field at the Curragh (2m) on last appearance; sold for 25,000gns later in October; possibilities provided he takes well to AW.
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4th

2

(3)

17th Sep 2023

Good

1m 7f 217y

Class 4

17:10 Musselburgh

Coltor

10st 1lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Useful winning hurdler who wasn't disgraced given he was harried for the lead when third of four in 2m Beverley handicap in July; he's one to consider after a break.

5/1

3rd

3

(4)

18th Jul 2023

Soft

2m 0f 32y

Class 3

16:55 Beverley

Coltor

9st 6lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

led but pestered

2/1

8th

2

(6)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

2m 5f 143y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Coltor

9st 4lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Capable dual-purpose performer who bounced back from disappointing efforts under both codes to finish runner-up in a 2m handicap at Beverley 13 days ago (good to firm; blinkers returned); this race is a whole lot tougher; should at least stay the distance.

100/1

Form: 86181- D

Last run: 69 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Won similar event at Chelmsford (2m) when last seen ten weeks ago and looks a major contender off just 2lb higher provided she's in the same form; however, comes with a degree of risk (inconsistent mare).
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1st

1

(8)

1st Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 196y

Class 4

16:52 Chester

Military Two Step

9st 11lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Charlie Johnston

0-6 this year but ran respectably in first-time blinkers at Goodwood (1m6f) most recently; interesting off a workable mark in the retained headgear, with the return to 2m looking ideal; C&D winner in 2021.

2/1

4th

5

(4)

16th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

18:40 Goodwood

Military Two Step

9st 8lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

2lb lower than when successful at Chelmsford (2m, AW) last November, but recent efforts raise doubts over whether she can take advantage so she needs the first-time blinkers to help turn things around.

9/2

OUR TIP

Form: 0161-5 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Came from off the pace to win similar event over C&D in September (penultimate start); not in the same form here two weeks ago but may do better with that reappearance effort under his belt.
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6th

6

(2)

21st Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Smart Champion

9st 5lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: David Simcock

Hold-up performer; conditions suit and slowly dropping down the weights; should be staying on late but others boast more convincing claims.

10/1

3rd

2

(2)

5th Feb 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 6

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Smart Champion

9st 12lb

J: Luke Morris

T: David Simcock

Three of his four wins have been at this sort of trip, two on the AW; not at his best this winter but on a good mark now.

4/1

9/1

Form: 34528/

Last run: 897 days

W: 9st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Has not raced on Flat since 2020 but scored over hurdles, albeit off a modest mark, when last seen three months ago; well treated on best form in this sphere but may not be the same horse now.
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6th

4

(6)

2nd Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 6

19:15 Kempton (AW)

Grandee

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Jim & Suzi Best

No Flat win since April 2019; hasn't built on December's comeback fifth at Lingfield in two subsequent outings but his mark continues to fall and the booking of Oisin Murphy catches the eye; one to note in the betting.

9/1

6th

1

(5)

6th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

17:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Grandee

10st 2lb

J: Alex Fielding

T: Jim & Suzi Best

No Flat win since April 2019; was returning from a break, so fared okay when a staying-on fifth of ten at Lingfield (2m, Class 5; 100-1) in December; more modest at Southwell (1m6f) subsequently; now a further 2lb lower again dropping back into a 0-65.

7/1

Form: 155/0- D

Last run: 108 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
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1st

1

14th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

15:50 Plumpton

Royaume Uni

12st 1lb

J: Rob Hargreaves

T: Gary Moore

Recent form figures make grim reading but he's very much a good ground specialist and has plenty of form which gives him decent claims; not written off in a hurry and Rob Hargreaves taking off 8lb no hardship either.

8/1

8

(4)

12th May 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 3

14:25 Ascot

Royaume Uni

9st 4lb

J: Anna Gibson

T: Gary Moore

Dual winning hurdler on good ground (2m/2m3f) but tailed off when trying 2m5f on soft at Christmas and non-completions on both starts this spring; now reverts to Flat, in which sphere he has appeared in three 2m handicaps but not achieved much; down the weights.

7/1

7

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Royaume Uni

10st 13lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Dual winning hurdler on good ground (2m/2m3f) and he ran well to be second in a novice on this two-day meeting last season; has stamina to prove over this far but could very easily leave his recent soft-ground failures behind him; respected.

16/1

Non-runners

Royaume Uni

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £7.40
Straight Forecast £8.00
Trifecta £22.40

Selections

RP Ratings:

First Emperor

Daily Mail:

Smart Champion

TOPSPEED:

Silverscape

Daily Mirror:

Military Two Step

The Guardian:

Coltor

SPOTLIGHT:

Royaume Uni

D Express:

Grandee

The Times:

Silverscape

POSTDATA:

First Emperor

NEWMARKET:

First Emperor

Telegraph:

First Emperor

The Sun:

Smart Champion

The Star:

Smart Champion

Daily Record:

Smart Champion