Kempton tips Monday 25 November – Race-by-race picks for Monday’s meeting of the day

Get Brian Healy's race-by-race selections and Kempton tips for Monday's meeting of the day at the Sunbury track. He covers all six races and gives his picks.

Monday’s fixture list of horse racing meetings features a classy racecard going to post at Kempton where there is Listed action on the agenda where six solid contests take place at the Sunbury track throughout the afternoon.

12:55 – EBF Stallions “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) Cl4 (4-6yo) 2m
1:30 – Racing TV Beginners’ Chase Cl4 (4yo+) 2m2f
2:05 – Racing TV Mares’ Hurdle (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m½f
2:35 – Handicap Chase (Challenger Middle Distance Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m4½f
3:10 – Wise Betting Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 3m½f
3:40 – Join Racing TV Now Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 2m

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at Monday’s meeting of the day where he gives his Kempton tips for every race.

12:55 – EBF Stallions “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) Cl4 (4-6yo) 2m

COEUR SEREIN (33/1, Bet365, each-way) is likely to be a massive price come the ‘off’, but Jonjo O’Neill’s charge could step up for the switch to hurdling having shaped with some promise in a pair of bumper starts where the Fame And Glory gelding has finished third on both occasions.

The first came when trained in Ireland by Peter Fahey, and he stepped up on that form switched to this yard when finishing in the bronze medal berth again at Chepstow earlier in the month although he was beaten around twelve lengths behind Kepagge.

That form is only ordinary, but given it was his first run in six months he ought to strip fitter for the outing and he could progress again now tackling obstacles where he could outrun his long odds to make the frame.

Team O’Neill could get amongst the winners at Kempton on Monday.

1:30 – Racing TV Beginners’ Chase Cl4 (4yo+) 2m2f

THOMAS DARBY (11/10, Paddy Power) shaped with plenty of promise on his chase debut behind a potentially smart rival in Maire Banrigh on his chase debut at Warwick earlier in the month, and with that experience under his belt the Beneficial gelding can go one better.

Olly Murphy’s charge was beaten only one length into second in that first outing, not helped by a couple of late mistakes. But he’ll have learned plenty from that outing and should be sharper for what was his seasonal return.

He looks the one to beat in this contest given that he is open to improvement over the larger obstacles on the back of that outing, and he can get off the mark at the second attempt over fences.

2:05 – Racing TV Mares’ Hurdle (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m½f

CULTURE DE SIVOLA (10/3, William Hill) struck her last success over this course and distance, and Nick Williams’ charge can get back on the scoresheet returned to this venue.

The Assessor mare struggled in Graded company in two of her next three starts, but she ran well inbetween those runs at Exeter when finishing fifth to Flemcara, and she made a pleasing return to action behind Sirobbie at Uttoxeter last month where she finished third.

That form isn’t really standing up well despite a subsequent winner coming out of the race; but she looks the one to beat on her form here last season, and if building on her reappearance then she ought to go close under Lizzie Kelly.

Lizzie Kelly could steer Culture De Sivola to success back at Kempton.

2:35 – Handicap Chase (Challenger Middle Distance Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m4½f

The progressive TIMOTEO (8/1, William Hill) is given another chance having been unfortunate at Stratford on his reappearance, and Alan King’s charge can bounce back here.

The Diamond Green gelding was a dual-winner over fences last term, scoring at Stratford and here over two miles when carrying a penalty, and he was in the process of running well on his reappearance when badly hampered and losing all chance at victory having had his momentum halted in the incident.

That form looks decent, with the winner running well in a decent contest next time out and the runner-up going one better at Warwick last week so the King runner may well step up on that reappearance effort where he could go close granted a bit more luck in running.

Still unexposed as a chaser, he could still have more to offer in this discipline where a mark of 133 is workable, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him posting a better effort here.

3:10 – Wise Betting Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 3m½f

SANDY BOY (9/2, William Hill) ended last season in good form, gaining reward for a couple of creditable efforts in the frame at Stratford and Uttoxeter to open his account over hurdles with a win at Worcester in May.

Philip Hobbs’ charge subsequently returned from a break to double up on his win tally at Southwell in October, and although beaten on both subsequent outings he hasn’t been disgraced in either one and hasn’t been beaten far either time.

He was latterly just two lengths behind Heavey at Exeter earlier in the month, beaten into fourth having hung badly left which didn’t aid his cause; but the application of blinkers might help him to better focus his energies and he remains with scope despite this higher handicap rating so could well progress again where he can get back to winning ways.

With wins on both good and soft ground, he won’t be inconvenienced by these conditions and a big run from the Tajraasi gelding wouldn’t come as a shock.

Philip Hobbs can saddle a winner at Kempton on Monday.

3:40 – Join Racing TV Now Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 2m

STORM RISING (4/1, Coral) was a fair sort in Ireland for Denis Hogan, winning twice for that yard during the summer of 2018 as well as posting a series of solid runs in defeat. The Canford Cliffs gelding continued his improved form last term having joined Dr Richard Newland, and he could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here.

Wins at Cheltenham and Wetherby on his first two outings for this yard were followed by a mixed bag of performances although he did finish fourth in the Imperial Cup at Sandown and only found the formerly smart Beltor too good on his final start of last campaign at Newton Abbot either side of a couple of less impressive runs inbetween.

Probably in need of the run on his reappearance at Market Rasen, he was in the process of running a big race and might well have won had he not fallen at the last when holding a slender advantage at Cheltenham latest in a race won by Benny’s Bridge. That one did little for the form last weekend, but a repeat could be good enough here.

Assuming that fall hasn’t dented his confidence, he could well be capable of making amends here to gain some compensation, and he remains with scope to do better for his shrewd yard from a mark which remains workable.


12:55 – COEUR SEREIN (33/1, Bet365, each-way)
1:30 – THOMAS DARBY (11/10, Paddy Power)
2:05 – CULTURE DE SIVOLA (10/3, William Hill)
2:35 – TIMOTEO (8/1, William Hill)
3:10 – SANDY BOY (9/2, William Hill)
3:40 – STORM RISING (4/1, Coral)