Time for Watchable at Kempton

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Time for Watchable at Kempton

DAVID O.MEARA

London: Watchable may not be the force he once was but has been running well of late and looks the answer to the 32Red Handicap at Kempton.

David O’Meara’s eight-year-old was rated as high as 110 a couple of seasons ago, placing at Listed and Group-race level on multiple occasions.

A largely disappointing campaign in 2017 saw his mark fall to 90 for the start of this year and he has enjoyed a decent season, winning at Doncaster and Pontefract and running some fine races in defeat.

He lines up for his latest assignment following successive runner-up finishes at Kempton and Newcastle in November and looks well placed to land a deserved success in this 1200m event.

Panmolle can make it third time lucky for John Gosden in the 100% Profit Boost At 32redsport.com Maiden Stakes.

This daughter of Lawman is a typically well-bred product of Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms operation, with her dam – Panzanella – a half-sister to the mighty Kingman.

Panmolle was a heavily backed favourite on her racecourse debut at Lingfield in September and although odds-on backers had their fingers burned, she shaped with plenty of promise to finish second to the more experienced Game Player, who has a lofty rating of 89.

Gosden’s filly looked to bump into another useful sort when a clear second again behind Cantiniere at Wolverhampton a fortnight ago and this looks an excellent opportunity for her to break her duck.

Quoi De Neuf created a good impression on his British debut at Aintree and can follow up in the Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown.

This four-year-old may not have been exactly cheap at 180 000 euros at Goffs Punchestown National Hunt Sales in April, but trainer Evan Williams and owners Mr and Mrs William Rucker certainly took a shine to him.

The Ruckers have enjoyed great success, particularly with Grand National regulars State Of Play, Cappa Bleu and Alvarado and in Quoi De Neuf they could have an exciting recruit on their hands.

Winner of an Irish point-to-point just days before being sold, it was appropriate the French-bred gelding made his jumps bow at Liverpool and did not disappoint.

Given time by Leighton Aspell to get the hang of things, Quoi De Neuf went into a challenging position in the straight before leading on the run-in and pullingaway to score by 2.50 lengths from Redzor.

That race was over this trip of 4000m and while this Grade r race represents a big step up in class, Quoi De Neuf could well be up to the task.

Siruh Du Lac made a triumphant return to action after 280 days off when scoring at Newbury and can follow-up in the If Carlsberg Did Race Days Handicap Chase at Exeter.

This Nick Williams-trained five-year-old led a long way out and overcame an untidy jump at the second last to beat Chef D’Equipe by 1.75 lengths.

He has been put up 3kg for that success but could have more improvement in him.

It will be good to finally see Black Op make his debut over fences in the Neavitree Brewery PLC Novices’ Chase.

Tom George’s seven-year-old ended a lucrative novice hurdle campaign winning a Grade 1 event at Aintree after finishing a highly-creditable second to Samcro at the Cheltenham Festival. Connections hold high hopes he can do at least as well over the bigger obstacles.

Apterix can register his fourth Sedgefield success in the Stockton Handicap Hurdle at the County Durham venue.- Press Association

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