Value aplenty at Kenilworth

Value aplenty at Kenilworth


Trevor Reid: There should be plenty of value to be had on Saturday’s Kenilworth card, which includes a pair of Grade 3 juvenile contests.

Pathfork colt Hubble has finished second in his last two outings, over 1250m and 1400m respectively, so is expected to feature prominently in the betting come Race 1. However, it could be worth taking a chance on Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Holy Warrior who went unnoticed in the market on debut.

This two-year-old son of Master Of My Fate caught the eye on debut when staying on strongly over 1200m, so the step up in trip with the benefit of that experience should stand this colt in good stead.

Last-start winner Lucky Dancer is likely to attract plenty attention come Race 3 over 2000m, having won two of his last three starts – the most recent of which came over 1800m when the blinkers were removed.

But Andre Nel’s charge Metropolitan is 4kg better off with that rival for a one-length beating two starts back over this trip, so this lightly raced son of Silvano should have the measure of that rival on these terms.

The in-form duo of Photocopy and last-start winner Kalahari Ninja are likely to be the subject of much support in Race 5 over 1400m, but Bass-Robinson’s charge Nao Faz Mal could represent plenty of value in this 1400m event.

He stayed on to be beaten two lengths by Photocopy last time in his second start after a layoff, but is now 2kg better off in his third run after a rest and over a distance which suits him.

Justin Snaith has made no secret of the fact that he holds Amy Johnson in high regard and this daughter of Captain Al went some way to confirming that reputation when winning over 1200m last time out. And she should have a role to play when returning to the course and distance over her recent win in the first of two Grade 3 features – the Kenilworth Fillies Nursery – in Race 6.

That said, on debut she finished 2,75 lengths adrift of Vaughan Marshall-trained Mirage, who is open to any amount of improvement in just her second racecourse appearance.

Few surprises are expected in the second of the Grade 3 contests, the Cape Of Good Hope Nursery, Race 7, with undefeated Armando expected to complete the hat-trick and preserve his 100% record.

This Brett Crawford-trained youngster confirmed the promise of his debut win when getting the better of re-opposing rivals Captain Tatters and Ground Control (scratched), and there is little reason to suggest that form being reversed on identical terms.

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