Kempton on Saturday

We’ve another great weekend of racing that includes the rescheduled Betway Kingwell Hurdle at Kempton Park (14:25).

It’s a good little race, and I think Tom Symonds’ Song For Someone will take some beating given that he’ll have a fitness edge over some of the others. He’s a good young horse who is still improving and will make some chaser next year.

Elgin is a really nice horse but may just lack that race sharpness.

The Betway Handicap Chase (15:35) used to be a good trial for the Gold Cup – there have been some great renewals over the years. Dad [Ted Walsh] trained Commanche Court to be second in this a good few years ago.

I do think Double Shuffle will run a good race. He just got bogged down in the heavy ground at Ascot last time out. It’s a wide-open race again this year and Tom George has a good record in this contest. Kempton Park will suit him and he’s a good, solid each-way bet.

In the Betway Pendil Novices’ Chase (13:15), I like the look of Who Dares Wins for Alan King. He finished second on his last two starts and that experience will not be lost on him. He’s a good dual-purpose horse and this should be right up his street.

It’ll be good for him to win a Grade 2 over fences having been placed in top races on the Flat, too. He must be a joy to own.

Naas on Sunday

We’re looking forward to seeing how well Any Second Now runs in the Handicap Chase (14:10).

Seabass, who I rode to be placed in the Grand National, won this before his superb run at Aintree, so we’re hoping that it’s a good path to follow, although we do think Castlegrace Paddy is the one to beat.

Ross [O’Sullivan] also has two good chances on Sunday.

Bythesametoken was very unlucky last time out and will hopefully make amends for that narrow defeat in the 16:40.

We also like the chances of An Fraoch Mor in the 14:40. He’s in a great form at home and, with conditions in his favour, we’re hopeful that he’ll go close.

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