With only two Monday meetings scheduled in the UK, Adrian Mills focuses his attention on the first three races on the card at Kempton.
Punters might only have two meetings in Britain to contend with on Monday, but there are still opportunities aplenty with some competitive racing to sink our teeth into.
The big meeting is at Kempton Park, where they have a good Listed Mares’ Chase, while there’s also decent fare from Ludlow – the latter track being frequented by a few useful Irish raiders.
Captain destined to put in a Marvellous performance
Jupiter Allen won the race for the yard last season before going on to run in the Grade 2 Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow, so Williams must think highly of this three-year-old to run him in this race.
A son of Masked Marvel, Captain Marvellous finished second to the progressive Gifted Angel on his debut over this course and distance last month. The form of that race has been franked since, with the third Latin Verse bolting up at Catterick, and the fourth Mojo Ego landing a maiden hurdle at Doncaster.
Harry Derham is an up-and-coming trainer and with his yard in fine form, Push To Pass could be the main danger with Harry Cobden booked for the ride.
Borodale to put in a career-best effort
The second race on the card at Kempton is a competitive 2m Novices’ Hurdle, and with 10 runners set to go to post, BORODALE 28/1 could offer a bit of each-way value.
Olly Murphy’s son of Flemensfirth was making steady progress through the field when brought down by a rival entering the back straight at Fakenham this month. Borodale jumped very well up to that point on his second hurdling start and, if that incident hasn’t knocked the horse’s confidence, he should be able to run a big race in a contest of this nature.
He was heavily backed for a maiden at Uttoxeter on his hurdling debut in October when finishing fifth, and although he might be one for handicaps in time, he should be competitive.
Bourbali can put his experience to good use
Nicky Henderson’s First Street was the best of these over hurdles and looks set to go off a short price for the three-runner 2m2f Novices’ Chase. He ran a good race on chasing debut when third to Rubaud in Listed company here in October after a wind op, but he is not certain to back that effort up.
At likely larger odds, BOURBALI 4/1 could be the value in the race. With 20 runs under his belt, albeit only one over fences, experience can count for a lot in a race of this nature. Trained by Joe Tizzard, his chasing debut effort can be forgiven as his saddle slipped at Exeter and he had to be pulled up. He is worth another chance and he will try to dominate the race from the front.
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