Dettori double looks tasty
Tomorrow is one of the lowest key Saturdays of the year which seems a bit wrong one week after the start of the Flat season.
Then next week brings with it the three day Aintree Festival, cumulating in Saturday’s Grand National.
All rather odd but tomorrow’s fully declared National Hunt race is the 888Sport.com Handicap Chase at Kempton in which Virak will be all the rage for Paul Nicholls (3.10pm).
He’s been beaten out of sight the last twice behind Ainsi Fideles and Coneygree – the Gold Cup winner no less.
Tomorrow’s affair is a massive drop down in class and with the excellent Sean Bowen taking off another five pounds he might still win despite having top weight.
At the other end of the handicap, Astigos, off just 10st 4lbs, must also have a decent chance for Venetia Williams and Aidan Coleman.
But Dettori’s two main mounts at Kempton look more solid investments and it will be disappointing if Made With Love does end up better than his rating of 90 for John Gosden.
He was just chinned at 2-11 in a Newmarket maiden last June but the winner, Dream Spirit, is now rated 95 and the best is surely yet to come from the well-bred Made With Love who then hacked up at 1-7 next time out. He’s basically a potential Group horse running against exposed handicappers and if he’s going to be any good he needs to win.
Shagah, meanwhile, is an obvious selection given that she’s joint top-rated with a mark of 101 alongside Teosroyal but Shagah’s form looks the more reliable.
With a rating of 106, 13lbs clear of his rivals, Peacock should also be the good thing of the card in the 4.35pm for Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes.