Our top tipster, Dave Nevison, has been in superb form this week and has four fancies divided between Haydock and Kempton.
1.45 Haydock: Top Rank
The one time I have tipped this horse is the only time he has been beaten! However, I don’t have any hesitation in going in again, even though in theory he is upped in grade.
He ran a cracker without having the run of the race in a big-field top-grade handicap at York last time and I am pretty sure this Group Three contest is not a deal better.
Top Rank is entitled to be still improving after only five runs in total and this smaller field might well suit him better at this stage of his career.
In his previous runs he has been very impressive and, while unproven under these conditions, his dam won on soft and his sire’s progeny go on all ground so it is a fair bet he will act to his best.
3.45 Kempton: Solid Stone
Might not have won as many as a 101-rated horse should have but he won his only previous race on an artificial surface and has a good chance of boosting that record here.
Jamie Spencer looks a significant booking for this hold-up runner and it is pretty obvious what the intent will be, so it is handy that a strong pace looks almost guaranteed.
Solid Stone has always run well at Sandown so going right-handed around a bend should certainly be no detriment and he represents a stable that has been going well all summer. He has had a break since disappointing at York and hopefully arrives here fresh.
4.20 Kempton: Pentimento
Is a long-standing maiden and was a beaten favourite last time but I believe he could be a good thing here. He is my day’s best bet.
Last time out needs to be explained away and I don’t believe it was the first-time blinkers that did for him. It simply looked a bad day at the office for Josephine Gordon and he ended up way too far back.
His three previous runs were over too far and his two runs before that were under a very inexperienced 7lb claimer.
He now returns to Kempton, where he has run good placed efforts in this grade of handicap and in novice company where he finished ahead of the excellent Prompting. Hopefully, Joey Haynes can help him break his duck.
4.35 Haydock: Imperial Command
Jonjo O’Neill will obviously be making big efforts to get his jumpers going for the autumn but should get this four-year-old to win a race on the Flat in the meantime.
An unusual USA pedigree for his yard, he has shown he acts on soft ground already and has a win over this course and distance to his credit.
Last time he was one-paced staying on over seven furlongs at Goodwood after being well-backed under the champion jockey.
I believe it is significant Oisin Murphy keeps the ride over this furlong further trip and again expect to see money for the combination.
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