Probably not too much to say about Mezmaar who did not run particularly great at Chelmsford and we will have a think about how to go forward with him.
We are pleased to be able to put up David Probert on both Point in TIme and Ensign Ewart in the last two races at Kempton's Evening meeting, the last race being at 2045 rather than 2115 which was the norm last Winter; so at least a small improvment in terms of the M4 and getting back to Rowdown.
Point in Time has been a quietly progressive filly since she made her racecourse debut at the backend of her two year old year in October 2017 improving between 10 and 14 pounds over the last 14 months depending on precisely which measure of form you use; she had to miss her entry here in a 12 furlong three year old Handicap a fortnight ago with a transient stone bruise and this evening's race is a furlong shorter than the twelve furlongs she has been running over since May. Since returning from a mid season break she has won twice and been arguably unlucky from her other two runs at both Leicester in August, when she was struck into as she came into the race, and at Haydock where the way the race was run left her a mountain to climb, which she so almost surrmounted. Until you actually run a filly right at the backend you can never be absolutely sure that the Winter hasn't had an effect but she goes to Kempton with a competitive chance; regardless of how she does this evening she has had a nice season (witness her spiffing performance over 12 furlongs here at the beginning of the month) and she will be a nicer filly still next year.
Ensign Ewart is harder to weigh up; he has not run particularly well the last twice but if he can recapture the form he showed in his first three starts he would be competitive this evening off a mark ten pounds lower than his first run in a Handicap, here over a mile at the end of September; and he wears a hood for the first time to help him achieve that return to form; the one imponderable is that he runs over 11 furlongs for the first time and this would be the theoretical limit of his stamina if you relied solely on his pedigree. So the truth is that we are not entirely sure how competitive he will be this evening but he goes to Sunbury to be as competitive as possible; and he will be well ridden by a Jockey who has a long and successful association with SH and Rowdown