By this weekend the T&T rugby team will know if it will travel to the Cayman Islands for its third match of the Rugby American North Men's 15s Championship.
Wafeer is expected to recoup recent losses and continue a consistent run for Richard Hannon in a twelve-runner Novice Stakes over six furlongs of ‘good to soft’ Nottingham today, this is always a stable to follow during the ‘back-end’ period.
In the golden olden days one backed some tremendous-priced nursery winners from Hannon’s Marlborough yard, when the training license was held by Richard Hannon senior; the classic-winning veteran is still prowling his long-time establishment, little has changed apart from ‘junior’ effecting a seamless transition. He’s grown up rapidly with responsibility and comes across well when interviewed after winners. That means we see a lot of Richard on our screens!
Success breeds success and placing is so important; thrice-raced Wafeer has been found an excellent slot and ‘best-in’ on my time-handicap, judged on a ‘career-best’ mark over the minimum trip at Sandown last month.
Obviously Simon Crisford-trained Alwasmiya is reckoned a potential rival; this Kyllachy filly, which gets a 5lbs allowance, was backed into favouritism on debut at Newcastle three weeks ago when a three lengths fourth to Godolphin-owned Peace Trail on tapeta.
Money talks and the pre-race confidence is indeed noted.
Knighted can also be expected to improve on a tidy first-up effort and there are four newcomers which could be anything but if Wafeer hits his latest form Dane O’Neill is likely to steer a course into the winners’ enclosure.
Once-raced Sevenna Star represents John ‘Enable’ Gosden in the ten-runner Maiden Stakes over a mile, look no further for the winner!
Later Kempton stages anothereight-race evening programme which includes an attempt by Glendevon to go one better in a Novice Stakes over seven furlongs. What beats him will win!
Glendevon was withdrawn a few days ago by Richard Hughes who has booked Jamie Spencer, again; we don’t know why he was scratched.
Moqarrar constitutes a danger but is drawn twelve; Sir Michael Stoute may well withdraw him, using the ‘self-certificate’ system* because you can’t beat the draw, especially at this venue.
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