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Narrow the Field: A 9/1 Kempton double to keep the good run going

Did you back our last two winners at 20/1 & 8/1. No? Well, you better have a look below so.

by Sean Goff | February 20, 2015

An 8/1 winner in Bygones Soverign kept the ball rolling last week after Gas Line Boy ran out of gas and got chinned for third place at 9/1 in Haydock’s grueller.

Two Graded contests with a couple of dark horses make things a little trickier this week but the methodology remains the same.

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Inside the sweet spot is all good. Outside is mostly good but just needs that missing piece to complete the jigsaw. Think Eastenders’ script writers – but just not as predictable.

Adonis Juvenile Hurdle 2m 

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Very little to go on here in what has been a decent Triumph Hurdle trial over the past 10 years.

Penzance 2005, 2010 Soldatino 2010 & Zarkandar 2011 all followed up at the Festival after winning here while unexposed handicapper Activial last year and Irish Saint (runs later, below) shows the sort of standard that the winner usually sets.

No one hits the sweet spot which isn’t too surprisingly as the majority of these four-year-olds venture into Graded company for the first time.

However, Nicky Henderson’s Bivouac is clear top-rated on 139 after finishing second to stable mate and current Triumph Hurdle fav Peace and Co in a Grade Two contest at Cheltenham last time – and also has a course and distance win to his name at Kempton.

Saturday’s go-to man Paul Nicholls saddles Lac Fontana’s half brother All Yours who skipped in by 10L at Taunton ovr 2m 1f on soft ground after falling on his first start.

He and possibly Ludlow winner Beltor are open to improvement while Russian Bolero was a 22L behind Karezak and Golden Doyen at Chepstow in October although it’s hard to see that form being good enough here.

Selection: Bivouac

Pendil Novices’ Chase 2m 4f 

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God’s Own is clear top rated on 160 and is back in novice company after finding life with the big boys a little too hot in the G1 Tingle Creek Chase behind Dodging Bullets.

He’s since been turned over by the very decent Vibrato Valtat in a Grade 2 over 2m here last December and is on a retrieval mission now over 2m 4f.

Irish Saint found the concession of 11lb too much for the strong galloping and fluent jumping Gitane Du Berlais at Sandown in the G1 Scilly Isle Chase last time – but a repeat of that form here may just be good enough if God’s Own fails to sparkle.

Hollow Penny stepped up on his Wincanton handicap win when second to RSA Chase hopeful Southfield Theatre in a Grade 2 at the same track last time and could be an interesting marker while Sea Current looks to be making up the numbers.

Melodic Rendezvous is an interesting contender and made a belated appearance over fences in December after mixing it in top hurdle company for years.

Second to Southfield Theatre at Exeter last month over 2m 3f the more rain the better for Jeremy Scott’s nine-year-old who dodged a showdown with Sire De Grugy at Chepstow for a crack at this.

Selection: Irish Saint



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