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Kempton Preview: Four-timer beckons for rampant Robbin

The ultra-progressive Ragged Robbin can defy a penalty to land the four-timer in the 1m 4f handicap at Kempton this evening (7.40)

The David Lanigan trained gelding has shown improved form since going handicapping, cruising home by 4 1/2 lengths from The Ginger Berry over course and distance before following up under a 6lb penalty at Lingfield.

The three-year-old then completed the hat-trick in fine style at Wolverhampton four days ago, travelling well throughout and storming clear after hitting the front two from home to win by four lengths.

The manner of that success suggested Ragged Robbin was still miles ahead of the handicapper, and it’s no suprise to see connections turn him out quickly under a 6lb penalty before the assessor has his say.

The son of Speightstown is a half-brother to the smart Main Sequence and certainly bred to be much better than his current mark of 70, and even taking the penalty into account Ragged Robbin looks thrown-in at the weights.

With the Lanigan stable in flying form, and Ted Durcan in the saddle, Ragged Robbin is impossible to oppose.

Trainer Jeremy Noseda has a good strike rate with his runners at the track, and Gone With The Wind can provide him with another success in the 6f handicap (8.20).

The Newmarket handler has been successful with just under 29% of his representatives in the past 12 months at the Sunbury-on-Thames venue (11 wins and 9 placed from 38 runners).

In Gone With The Wind he has a lightly-raced an unexposed colt who looked a horse to keep on the right side when winning on his first two starts of the season on the polytrack surface over 6f.

The last of those success came over course and distance, where the son of Dutch Art kept on well to beat Taquka with more in hand than the winning margin of 1 1/2 lengths suggests.

Gone With The Wind then got bumped at the start and slowly away when finishing just seventh of 10 to Stomp last time out, but that run came on soft ground at Windsor and the three-year-old has since been given a break to freshen up.

The return to the all-weather surface looks sure to suit, and with the stable now in good form Gone With The Wind should be capable of winning races of this nature off his current mark of 76.

Selections:
5.50: Lola Montez
6.20: Mullionheir
6.50: Tinkers Kiss
7.20: Holiday Magic
7.50: Ragged Robbin (NAP)
8.20: Gone With The Wind (NB)
8.50: Meritocracy
9.20: Venus Marina