Monday’s meeting of the day – Race-by-race selections for Kempton’s seven-race card

Kempton are racing over the sticks on Monday and Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at the card.Kempton are racing over the sticks on Monday and Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at the card.

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at Monday’s racecard at Kempton where he has selections in all seven races on the card.

A solid seven-race card goes to post at Kempton on Monday, with plenty of good handicap action featuring the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle which spearheads the racecard at 2.40pm and could throw up a potential candidate or two for the Pertemps Network Final at the Cheltenham Festival next March.

12:20 – Bet At racingtv.com Novices’ Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+) 2m
12:55 – racingtv.com Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4½f
1:30 – Wise Betting At racingtv.com Novices’ Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+) 2m5f
2:05 – Happy Birthday David Jones Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m2f
2:40 – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m5f
3:15 – Weatherbys TBA Mares’ Handicap Chase (Challenger Mares’ Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 2m4½f
3:50 – Like Racing TV On Facebook Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-115) 2m

One of a trio meetings going to post on Monday as a new week of UK and Irish horse racing meetings gets underway, Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for Monday’s Kempton action.

12:20 – Bet At racingtv.com Novices’ Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+) 2m

Tea Clipper won on his hurdles debut having also struck between the flags, but Tom Lacey’s charge will find it tougher to follow up giving away 7lbs to a field which includes Nicky Henderson’s CHASAMAX (15/8, William Hill) who can make a winning start to his hurdles career.

The Jeremy gelding was too keen at Worcester on his debut back in June, eventually finishing third behind Rough Terrain where he was beaten three lengths. However, he did show some promise, and he could improve switching now to hurdling for an in-form yard where he is sure to have been well prepared for this assignment.

He has to concede race-fitness, but the yard’s runners rarely want for fitness and he can get off the mark at the first time of asking now faced with obstacles.

Nicky Henderson can get the Kempton Monday meeting off to a winning start

Nicky Henderson can get the Kempton Monday meeting off to a winning start

2:55 – racingtv.com Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4½f

CELTIC JOY (5/2, Bet365) showed some progressive form over hurdles, twice finishing runner-up in starts at Fontwell at Stratford either side of a near-seven months’ layoff, and Emma Lavelle’s charge stepped up on his reapparance at the latter-named venue to get off the mark over fences latest.

That win came over this course at a slightly shorter yardage than this, with the Kayf Tara gelding scoring by a half-length over The Flying Sofa where he battled well to regain the lead close home having been headed.

He’s been raised 5lbs in the weights for that success, but there ought to be more to come from him over the larger obstacles and he can find further improvement on the back of that initial experience to strike again.

1:30 – Wise Betting At racingtv.com Novices’ Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+) 2m5f

OFALLTHEGINJOINTS (11/8, William Hill) looked a useful recruit from the point-to-point sphere when beating Flic Ou Voyou at Chepstow on his hurdles debut last month, and likely to improve for that run then Colin Tizzard’s charge can strike again.

The Stowaway gelding was a winner between the flags for Jonathan Fogarty prior to joining the Somerset trainer, and the form of his win last time has worked out quite well with the runner-up and fourth horses home both making the frame in their next outings, while the third won next time out.

He was all out for that win, but he should come on for the run, while the marked step up in distance looks very much in his favour. Assuming the sharper track here doesn’t prove an inconvenience then he ought to go well on the back of his debut effort, and he can follow up that success.

<Colin Tizzard can strike a winner at Kempton on Monday

Colin Tizzard can strike a winner at Kempton on Monday

2:05 – Happy Birthday David Jones Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m2f

Paul Nicholls’ runners are in much better form now, and SAO (7/1, Bet365) can open his account for , Betthe Ditcheat handler on his reappearance.

Useful in France where he won at Compeigne for previous handler Guillame Macaire, he made the frame in two of his first three starts for Nicholls during the 2017/18 season, but he disappointed on his reappearance here last November when failing to beat a rival on his return.

He has since finished runner-up in starts at Exeter and here during the early summer months, the latter of which was over fences, and he was arguably unlucky not to finish closer after a bad blunder five out when still travelling well which cost him all chance behind the smart Burbank.

A chance is taken on his fitness, but he could have more to offer and if arriving here fully wound up for his in-form yard then he could go well.

2:40 – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m5f

IRISH PROPHECY (11/2, Bet365) had the reopposing Capitaine in arrears when scoring at Wincanton last month, and the Azamour gelding can confirm that form here.

Emma Lavelle’s charge was winning for the first time since scoring on his hurdles debut at Sandown back in November 2017, but he kept good company in the wake of that success behind the likes of Kalashnikov and If The Cap fits.

Things didn’t go to plan last term in two starts following a wind surgery, and he had a subsequent wind procedure ahead of his reappearance at Newton Abbot in August where he finished fourth although may have needed the outing. He subsequently ran out a two lengths’ winner latest, overcoming a late blunder in the process otherwise he likely would have won by more than the official winning margin.

He is 5lbs worse off with the Nicholls runner now, but he could have better to come given he is low mileage still and he could uphold the form of that Wincanton run with a repeat win.

3:15 – Weatherbys TBA Mares’ Handicap Chase (Challenger Mares’ Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 2m4½f

Definitelyanoscar doesn’t look the most wholehearted when it comes to a scrap so THE KINGS BABY (3/1, William Hill) could be the one to come out on top here, and the King’s Theatre mare can get back to winning ways.

Harry Whittington’s King’s Theatre mare rounded off last term with back-to-back wins at Stratford and Carlisle respectively, and she shaped as if still in form on her reappearance at Southwell last month over hurdles, finding only Oscar Rose too strong by six lengths.

That run will have set her straight, and she’ll prove much sharper now as she switches back to chasing here where she remains with scope to do better, so she could well prove a tough nut to crack under the champion jockey.

Richard Johnson can ride a Kempton winner on Monday

Richard Johnson can ride a Kempton winner on Monday

3:50 – Like Racing TV On Facebook Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-115) 2m

CATCH THE CUBAN (4/1, Paddy Power) could be worth an interest in the finale, and Colin Tizzard’s charge may be able to get off the mark over timber at the third attempt.

The Havana Gold gelding was only a modest performer on the flat, although he did manage to post a runner-up effort at Salisbury in May when only beaten one length behind Seascape.

He failed to back up that near-miss however in two subsequent outings, but following wind surgery and a switch to hurdling he has made the frame on both starts which includes finding only one too good latest at Chepstow behind Nordano where he was beaten three lengths.

He had a subsequent winner behind him that day, and he turns out here in a handicap where a mark of 112 looks very workable given he receives a sizeable weight-for-age allowance as well as the claim of his rider which leaves him on a veritable feather-weight in this contest.

He can find further improvement as a result, and no surprise if he takes another forward step here to get of the mark at the third attempt.

KEMPTON TIPS MONDAY 11 NOVEMBER – RACE-BY-RACE SELECTIONS

12:20 – CHASAMAX (15/8, William Hill)

12:55 – CELTIC JOY (5/2, Bet365)

1:30 – OFALLTHEGINJOINTS (11/8, William Hill)

2:05 – SAO (7/1, Bet365)

2:40 – IRISH PROPHECY (11/2, Bet365)

3:15 – THE KINGS BABY (3/1, William Hill)

3:50 – CATCH THE CUBAN (4/1, Paddy Power)