Horse racing betting tips for the 5.15pm BetBright.com Handicap at Kempton.
It's the all-weather this Sunday for our race preview as we look at the long distance Betbright.com handicap. This Class 3 2m handicap has attracted nine runners and promises to be a highly competitive affair.
Highland Castle (8/1 Coral) won’t win any prizes for consistency but on a going day he is an above average sort. Rated as high as 106 as a three year-old, he has struggled to replicate that mark of late but remains a relatively lightly campaigned six year-old. Although this will be his all-weather debut, he has form on a wide spectrum of turf conditions, so today’s conditions are unlikely to trouble him. He has run well enough when fresh in the past and deserves consideration off a workable mark.
RANJAAN (9/4 Betfred) has been contesting more competitive races than this recently, running against Good Friday winner, Litigant at Lingfield, before running better still when faced with a tough task at the weights in a conditions race of C&D. He has plenty of C&D experience with jumpers bumper form behind Sgt Reckless and My Tent Or Yours reading well in the context of a 0-95 and looks the one to beat.
First Avenue (14/1 bet365) is getting long in the tooth and hasn't shown much in the past year but is becoming too well handicapped to ignore. Connections reach for headgear for the first time in three years in a bid to sharpen him up which adds extra intrigue to his chances. Charlotte Jenner has ridden him plenty of times before and has surely become accustomed to his quirks and he looks a threat.
Presto Volante (10/1 William Hill) places more often than he wins but he spent 2013 running well off similar marks as he has today. He has a solid record on the all-weather and although probably not well handicapped enough to win he should be in the mix in the final few furlongs.
Flemish School (3/1 Betfred) is the youngest in the field at four and still looks to be on the upgrade. She won over a similar trip at Wolverhampton in November while a recent run here will have blown away the cobwebs. This would be the toughest assignment she has been presented with so far but there is still room for further growth and a big run wouldn't surprise.
Finally a quick mention for ERMYN LODGE (25/1 William Hill) who has shown absolutely nothing since finishing runner up in the 2011 Cesarewitch. He was beaten a total of a hundred lengths in three starts last season but has tumbled down the handicap as a result. He had a excellent record fresh in his younger years with the first time tongue tie an interesting addition to the headgear.
Overall, it's a typically competitive all-weather handicap with plenty in here with chances. RANJAAN is taken to come out on top for Paul Nicholls, to further the love affair that he has with Kempton, boasting a pair of wins and three seconds from six visits. The scramble in behind for places will be fierce with Flemish School probably the pick of the opposition but I can't resist a little each-way tickle on old ERMYN LODGE. I know it's been a long time since he's shown any form but Pat Phelan is a wily fox and I can't imagine for a minute this horse would still be in training if he wasn't showing something at home and a market check is strongly advised.
RANJAAN (WIN) (9/4 Betfred)
ERMYN LODGE (E/W) (25/1 William Hill)
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