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Preview - 15 Jan 2008


2.10 Kempton Five-furlong sprint handicap Class 4 Going Standard

1. Yungabarra – Very well suited to this surface and often runs his best races on pollytrack. Ideally shaped for sprinting he has got much in his favour today with track suiting and a solid enough run behind Northern Empire at Southwell two runs back to his name. The last two runs he hasn’t built on and this looks just as tough as those races.

Tissue Price – 6/1

2. Diane’s Choice – Loves this track and rarely puts a foot wrong around here and has to be of interest off this mark in this company having taken much better targets then this through out the summer, ideally suited to sprint distances and five furlongs in a small field is ideal for her and with this track suiting more then Lingfield she can make good use of her return to this track having faced some top quality sprinters in recent months.

Tissue Price – 2/1fav

3. Northern Empire – Already taken the scalp of Yungabarra at southwell and meets on worse terms here for that win, however he could easily confirm the form as he has been steadily improving since the change of yards. Has to prove that pollytrack suits as much as fibre sand today having shown little on sole start on polly track at Wolverhampton back in November. Well suited to sharp 5F tests and having gone well for Neil Callen in the past makes him a real threat in this handicap today.

Tissue Price – 7/2

4. Magic Glade – Has struggled with the handicapper since winning back-to-back races at Wolverhampton and is one of the most exposed handicappers in the race today. Suited to the conditions of the race today and is usually on top form this time of year he may bounce back to form today but looks slightly up against it with the top three all more progressive then this 9yo.

Tissue Price – 8/1

5. Financial Times – Another very exposed handicapper but one that has a impeccable record on the all weather for a horse that is tried so often over sprint trips on this surface, One of the most consistent horses in training if lacking in class he has paid his way with many solid races and even though he isn’t likely to win this race today, he should once again give his running and be there about in the finish.

Tissue Price – 7/1

6. Dressed to Impress – Gives the impression there is more to come but looks burdened with the expectation of being good enough of making it at this level. Not the most consistent of performers but has been tried many times at this sprint distance on short career so far, needs improvement to win this and may be best when sights are lowered a little.

Tissue Price – 10/1

7. Almaty Express – Non-runner.

Tissue prices – Diane’s Choice 2/1, Northern Empire 7/2, Yungabarra 6/1, Financial Times 7/1, Magic Glade 8/1, Dressed to Impress 10/1.

Verdict – Not a bad looking sprint handicap for a wet Tuesday and Diane’s Choice should bring a ray of sunshine to her backers today, as she has talent when given the correct race to run in. Only six runners go to post and Northern Empire looks the biggest threat with ability to confirm the form with Yungabarra, who he beat cosily enough at Southwell last time.

Selection Diane’s Choice 2pts @ 9/2 (BF9/2) & 3pts place @ 11-10 (BF7/4)

Best of luck all

Well Chief