Arlecchino's Arc continued his consistent run of form at Kempton; in the first time Blinkers and off a short break he was just too free over the first eight or nine furlongs and just couldn't quite hold the finishing pace of the winner close home (de facto very similar as to when the 1650/1 each way doubles with him & Padura Brave did quite get there in the middle of September!!); one approach with him might be to drop back to ten furlongs where the pace might be stronger and make it easier to settle and to ride him quietly from the back and produce him late giving him not too much thinking time. Jason Watson had a nasty tumble in the four runner Mile Handicap earlier on the card and was taken to Hospital, hence why Liam Keniry rode; everyone at Rowdown wishes Jason, who rode so well for us last year, a quick and speedy return to the saddle.
Bayston Hill runs at Lingfield early this afternoon and Bird for Life goes up in class over 16 furlongs at Kempton in the evening. Bayston Hill is another of our guys who has had a little break after a busy Summer and Autumn and is a reliable and consistent horse in these ten furlongs Handicaps; there is just a suggestion that his consistency has resulted him being just a pound or two higher than he needs to be to win but todays race is very, very tightly handicapped with literally no more than two pounds between all eight. He will be well ridden by David Probert, who has such a decent record for us, and he should go well today and his favourite track.
Bird for Life goes back to her favourite, Kempton, in the second last race on the Sunbury's track twilight card; this is a step up in grade for her and is only the second time since her Maidens that she has run in this Class of Handicap; and she might need Ellie's claim to be compeitive; but she never runs poorly at Kempton and has been supported at the double figure prices overnight; clearly the right approach is two each way singles and an each way double!!