London – Trainer John Gosden and jockey Kieran Shoemark look set for a decent day at Kempton on Tuesday because both Good Tidings and Book Review can strike gold.
Good Tidings lines up in the feature Matchbook London Middle Distance Series Final Handicap, and it is worth keeping the faith, despite his defeat as a short-priced favourite last time.
The three-year-old won two of his three novice outings before switching to handicap company off a mark of 86, over the same 2200m he faces in this race.
His relative inexperience probably just caught him out a bit that day – because when he was asked to make his challenge, the response was not instant. That proved the difference, because he was beaten only a neck.
The handicapper has seen fit to raise him 1kg for that defeat, but Good Tidings remains unexposed and should continue to improve with every outing.
Book Review can ensure trainer and jockey go home with a double, because he is the pick in the British EBF Matchbook Future Stayers Novice Stakes. The Dubawi colt, out of a mare who won at Listed level in France and in Graded company in America, began his career with a fine runner-up performance at Nottingham this month – on heavy ground which was far from sure to suit ideally.
Book Review dwelt before finishing strongly behind a more experienced winner, so can be expected to have learned plenty from his first start.
Montatham enjoyed success in novice company but has yet to hit the mark at handicap level. William Haggas switches him to the all-weather for the Matchbook Betting Podcast Handicap, after what was a pretty good run at Musselburgh before the close of the turf season.
Montatham was back to 1400m for that event and just found himself struggling for room coming to the business end of the race.
Blown By Wind was a convincing winner, but there were redeeming features of Montatham’s effort – and moving back up to 1600m for this event should surely be a positive.
She’s A Unicorn acquires the assistance of Richard Kingscote for her return to the all-weather in the Bet toteexacta At totesport.com Nursery Handicap at Chelmsford. Tom Dascombe’s Garswood filly has unsurprisingly shown a liking for cut in the ground during her continued autumn improvement for a variety of good claiming riders, with two victories and a close second in her last three attempts. She should excel again off her mark, up to 2000m for the first time.
Bavardages brought up Mark Johnston’s record 236th winner in Britain this year, and can add to that tally in the Bet totequadpot At totesport.com Nursery Handicap. He triumphed in fine style last time, and a 1.5kg rise should not be insurmountable now he is in the winning groove.
Clondaw Anchor’s form got a boost recently. He could be a popular choice in the Antonia Gallop Intermediate Handicap Chase at Lingfield. – Press Association