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Horse racing tips for Wednesday: Improving five-year-old can strike at Kempton

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Tue 23 Feb 2021

Our website tipster thinks two handicappers in particular could be ahead of their current ratings on Wednesday's eight-race card from Kempton, all live on Racing TV.

It looks a really interesting all-weather card at Kempton on Wednesday evening and these three handicappers all look very interesting for different reasons.

5.15 Kempton: Album

Stuart Williams is clearly doing the right thing in getting this bang in-form sprinter back out again quickly - life gets tough for him next week when his mark goes up.

Album didn’t win last time at Wolverhampton but was runner-up behind by Sir Oliver, an improved performer of Chris Dwyer’s, and finished in front of Mick Quinn’s Invincible Larne – a horse at the top of his form.

Marco Ghiani has won on Album recently and takes off a valuable 3lbs given the four-year-old is on a career-high mark. He disappointed the last time he raced at Kempton, but he wasn’t in the same form then so I’m hoping it wasn’t the right-handed turn that did for him.

6.15 Kempton: Uzincso

I was at Kempton when he ran last time and watched his price tick down throughout the afternoon and evening. Some of his backers must have been on at decent odds but, as so often happens, sadly that was where the excitement stopped as Uzincso blew the start and gave himself no chance in a good field.

He was clearly expected to do better, and he’d been in great form at this distance around Kempton up to then. The handicapper has left his mark unchanged but, given how well he finished, it must be likely that this five-year-old is still massively on the up and still has plenty in hand from his mark.

He has been awkward leaving the stalls on another occasion so Luke Morris will have to be totally on his game, but he will be and I believe Uzincso is still one to follow.

7.15 Kempton: Lydford

Lydford was one of the most impressive handicap winners in the run-up to Christmas, going in by five lengths at Wolverhampton having been well-backed into favourite. He was raised 5lbs for that, but given what has happened since that now looks very lenient.

The runner-up has since won twice while the third and fourth have also won, so it is hard to find a race having worked out better.

Lydford drops down a furlong here and is clearly a horse with stamina, but he would have won that race at any distance and could simply be running out of his grade at present. He is currently rated just 2lbs higher than the ceiling of this handicap but I am expecting him to be much higher next time.

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