An interesting afternoon for the Yard at Kempton, particularly with Chantresse making her debut for us; we bought her at the Tattersalls October HIT out of Karl Burke's Yard; although she is yet to win she has been placed four times from 11 starts, including finishing third at Leicester last October and is a particularly well made and attractive filly. She will wear a hood for the first time this pm just to help her concentrate and she will be well ridden by David Probert, who has had such a successful association with our Yard since the Summer of 2007; restricted to the distaff her race this pm is one of those really tight handicaps with no more than two pounds between them all bar possibly the Michael Appleby Mare. We will know a bit more about her after today but she should go well and we are looking to the combination of the hood and the change to our Yard to do the trick.
Tin Fandango, who goes back up in trip to two miles, is a little harder to weigh up; initially, at least in the vu of some, poorly handicapped after three Maiden runs he has run really well three times at Kempton over 12 and 16 furlongs since being eased including just being run out of things in the last furlong in the middle of November; the balance of his form seemed to suggest that he might be most effective at around 14 furlongs and we fancied him a fair bit over this trip at Chelmsford on his last run at the end of November; he did not quite run as well as we hoped he would and he has had something of an easy time since then. He remains a fairly inexperienced horse with the potential to improve and he only needs to find around two or three pounds to go close this afternoon.
We take Bayston Hill and Mezmaar to Chelmsford on Thursday and will make a decision about whether or not to take our Bumper Mare, Dylan's Sea Son to Huntingdon on Thdursday later this morning.