Horse racing: Wolf all set to pounce for a Kempton victory

Tom Dascombe is in absolutely red-hot form, which makes Wolf Slayer a must in the Jump Racing On 15th January Nursery at Kempton tomorrow.

It has taken time for Dascombe to come to hand since taking over the reins at Michael Owen's lavish Cheshire base, but the signs are that good things await in the coming months.

The selection may have had to wait until Wolf Slayer's seventh start to break her maiden tag, but she did it with real authority last time out, making virtually all and quickening away nicely.

The form is nothing to shout about, but having looked promising in the summer, that will have done her confidence the world of good for her first outing in handicap company.

Punters wanting a topical name will be drawn to Pipers Piping in the greattime.kempton At Handicap.

But there are plenty more reasons based on the form book for having a bit of the leftover Christmas fund on the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained four-year-old at the Sunbury venue.

The Noverre gelding is currently operating from more or less a career-high mark of 65, but showed here when going down by just a head last time that he can be competitive from it.

Although thoroughly exposed and holding no secrets from the handicapper, there are far worse things than following a horse in form that goes well at Kempton.

His win ratio on the all-weather is not too shabby for his level, either, and he is also probably better at this seven furlongs than the mile he faced last time.

Perfect Art is a tentative pick in the Racing At Handicap.

The Andrew Balding-trained mare did not have exactly the clearest of passages when fourth at Lingfield and might have a bit more to give.

Foxtrot Golf can strike in the Happy New Year From Kempton Park Claiming Stakes.

He was fancied here last time in a similar contest but did not run up to his mark and had to give best to Silver Age.

It will be interesting to see if the money is down again.


Michael Jarvis has a small but select team for the winter and anything he runs merits every respect, a comment which certainly applies to Steps in the Racing At Handicap at Lingfield.

His rider never had to get serious in turning over an odds-on favourite to win an ordinary maiden at Wolverhampton.

A multiple winner on turf through 2010, including in the "Legends" race at the St Leger meeting under Charlie Swan, Miami Gator passes for a class act in the Ashurst Wood Handicap.

If he can get to the lead, he will take a great deal of passing having found only the prolific Final Drive too good on his last start, which was his first after a break.

He should be all the sharper for that.

Iolith, meanwhile, can continue his progression in the toteexacta Flexi Betting Novices' Hurdle at Taunton.

The German recruit, trained by Alan King, lacked substance over hype last season –- but has since been gelded.

That has clearly brought about a significant impact as the five-year-old was very impressive when winning on his return at Kempton in November.

King does so well with these young, improving types and will rightly be expecting another big show in Somerset now Iolith has hit his stride.

Lucy's Perfect should also go well in the toteswinger Flexi Betting Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

David Pipe's representative has yet to win over hurdles but shaped satisfactorily here in November, when she finished third in a similar event.

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