Horse racing: Take it as Red that Rhythm should score

After a week off watching wall to wall action from Kempton, Lingfield and Wolves, mixed in with a slice of Dundalk, I ought to be a walking tipping machine for all-weather racing by now.

Not quite, sand racing is what it is – largely moderate horses contesting modest races with unreliable form lines – but Red Rhythm should prove a cut above in tomorrow's maiden at Kempton (3.50pm).

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Tomorrow's jumps cards at Hexham and Leicester have long since fallen by the wayside and Lord knows what the next jumps racing will be.

However, while all-weather racing is not the best, all things being equal, Red Rhythm ought to do the business at Kempton tomorrow.

Trained by the bang in-form Luca Cumani, Red Rhythm has had two starts thus far and after a promising enough debut fourth, he went close to getting off the mark when beaten by Mr Emirati last week.

On the face of it, that one let the form down big style last week when trailing in near last but Mr Emirati simply did not stay and the maiden he won may yet work out very well.

Certainly Red Rhythm ought to end up decent proposition having once cost 50,000 guineas and with the Cumani stable in brilliant form, connections will be very disappointed if he cannot land this average pot before going up in class.

Still a baby, Red Rhythm pulled hard over a furlong further last time so hopefully Jean-Pierre Guillambert will just let him bowl along in front and off you go.

If the horse has a future he needs to be winning the race with the likes of Papageno and Durgan looking average at best and very exposed.

He rates the Wednesday nap which means he'll probably get sunk without trace as last week was a horror show with most of my fancies winning BUT the damned nap!

However, win, lose or draw with Red Rhythm tomorrow, the likes of Silence Is Bliss (12.40pm Lingfield), Prize Point (1.10pm Lingfield) and Franco Is My Name (3.20pm Kempton) should hopefully keep us in profit regardless.

Silence Is Bliss especially was extremely well backed in yesterday's opener at Lingfield and would have probably won had his jockey gone for home sooner.

He is clearly on a winnable handicap mark and apprentice jockey Ryan Powell can steer the horse to compensation tomorrow.

Prize Point, meanwhile, is the fancy based largely on the fact that his main market rival The Big Hearth ran a stinker last week when turned over at 1-4.

No way can he be supported with any confidence after that run whereas Prize Point was well thought of as a two-year old and looks the one to be on getting lumps in weight.

Finally, Franco Is My Name was a very cosy winner last time and while he has now gone up in the weights, the authority with which he won last time suggested another victory may be in the offing.

Another victory also looks in the offing for either Fantasy Gladiator or Norman Open at Lingfield tomorrow (2.40pm) but choosing between the two is mightily difficult so perhaps splitting the stakes between the two is the way to go.

Fantasy Gladiator has been around a while so it's doubtful he has that much in hand of the handicapper but he won in grand style on Saturday when getting me out of a bit of a hole.

It will be no surprise at all if he wins again but my personal slight preference is for Jane Chapple-Hyam's Norman Open who was also an easy winner last time but is a younger horse and open to more improvement.

Connections also want to take him to better races in Hong Kong suggesting he is likely to continue rising onwards and upwards first over here.

So, a few horses there to hopefully keep us ticking over while this mad weather continues to cause havoc with travel, work, footy matches, you name it.

And our racing!

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