We take Ensign Ewart and Misu Pete to Kempton for their first race this evening, the mile Handicap; and Tin Fandango runs in the two miler, the penultimate race on the card.
The first thing to say might be that Misu Pete has by the far the best of the draw in six and Ensign Ewart couldn't have been drawn any closer to the lake, which will make it tough for him. With such a tight handicap (barring two there might be no more than two pounds between the other 12) so much hinges on the way things actually pan out in the race and a wide draw running into the long bend is not helpful; EE will probably have to replicate what he achieved at Nottingham on his second start to be involved. Misu Pete runs off an eight pound lower mark on the polytrack and, with Ellie's claim, could be considered quite well in; he was won four races on the AW, including at Kempton, and, provided he is not feeling the effects of a busy season, he goes to Sunbury to run well at what at first glance seems some generous working men's prices.
Tin Fandango runs for the first time in cheekpieces (we have a good record with ftcps, Padura Brave being one recent example) and is the selection of the RP Boys (it is difficult to know whether or not this is good or bad but it does point to a competitive chance albeit with a constrained price!!). Initially poorly handicapped after his Maiden runs he has run well since being switched to Kempton's polytrack on his last two starts as the video of the second run there might show, just getting short of room over two out; we are pleased to put up Jason Watson (his treble on Arlecchino's Leap in February & March being some of the rides that started his progression towards Champion Apprentice) and he should run well this evening, with the cheekpieces hopefully being the catalyst for the little bit of improvement he needs to find on the book.