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Dave Nevison's top tips for Thursday: Holm can be King for the day at Kempton

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Wed 23 Sep 2020

Our top tipster has has three fancies for the racing action at Pontefract and Kempton on Thursday, two of five meetings live on Racing TV.

Small fields, albeit good-quality racing, means there are few opportunities for me on the afternoon cards on Thursday, but hopefully the evening card at Kempton gives me a chance or two.

I also have a fancy in the 6f handicap at Pontefract, another of the five meetings live on Racing TV on Thursday.

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3.45 Pontefract: Ey Up Its Mick at 5-1 with Paddy Power and Betfair

Ey Up Its Mick has been in good form all season and has got lucky with the draw here. I am sure he will be sent off clear favourite if the heavens open in Yorkshire before post time, which is not impossible looking at the forecast.

The four-year-old has run OK on decent ground but has improved greatly on very soft going this season and has been well backed prior to his victories.

Kevin Stott has won on him twice this season and is back on board, which is a plus, although he did not run badly under Barry McHugh last time out and just seems to be a sprinter on the up.

Hopefully he will hold his position early on and come with his customary run up the inside off the bend. Although unplaced on his debut at the track, I think Pontefract should suit him.

4.25 Kempton: Kingsholm at 5-2 with William Hill

This one looks the improver in this field and may well have been unlucky not to win on his previous start.

After three starts to get at a mark, he was backed into favourite when winning on handicap debut in a 0-65 at Wolverhampton in good style by almost three lengths.

He was upped in grade over this course and distance last time and got beat, having been sent off at evens, but for most of the race looked all over the winner.

After taking care of his main rival in that race, they were both overhauled by a strong, late finisher, and I believe Kingsholm will pick up the winning thread again here.

7.00 Kempton: Mount Mogan at a general 5-1

Mount Mogan may have run well on turf last time out but is definitely a better performer on the all-weather and although 2lb higher than when runner-up two outings ago, he has run well off higher marks in the past.

His yard are in very good form and judged by his latest effort, he might just be hitting his peak and could be set for a productive Autumn.

He is ridden by his seventh different jockey of the year, but Cieren Fallon can hardly be a negative and is returns to his ideal trip here.

Most of the opposition are exposed sprinters who win only in their turn and if Mount Mogan confirms he is back in the zone, he can win his first handicap.

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