Kempton Preview: Course specialist New Rich handicapped to strike
New Rich has a tremendous record at Kempton and can further enhance it with victory in the 6f handicap there this evening (9.20).
The gelding is trained by the in-form Eve Johnson Houghton and all three of his career successes have come over course and distance.
In the last of those back in February, New Rich came from off the pace to get up on the line and beat Divine Call be a head off a mark of 61.
The four-year-old now gets into this off 5lb lower having shaped better than the bare result suggests at Lingfield last time out when dwelling at the start before keeping on late under tender handling to finish seventh of 10 to Maria Montez.
It’s also interesting that New Rich is now reunited with jockey John Fahy for the first time in seven starts.
Fahy has twice been successful aboard the son of Bahamian Bounty and his booking suggests that connections are expecting a big from New Rich who also now sports blinkers for the first time.
Scent Of Power caught the eye last time out and looks the answer to the 7f handicap (7.50) now upped in trip.
The Anthony Carson trained filly has only had four starts, and shaped with plenty of promise when well-backed on debut and a 1 1/2 length third to Multi Quest at Bath.
The daughter of Authorized then showed plenty of pace before fading late-on to finish fifth of seven behind Felix Leiter at Yarmouth, and the winner is an above average sort who has since gone on to score twice and is now rated 88.
That makes Scent Of Power interesting off a lowly mark of just 52, and she comes into the contest having run really well to finish fifth of 12 over 6f at Lingfield after encountering no luck in-running whatsover.
Scent Of Power had to sit and sufferbehind a wall of horses, and when a gap did eventually appear flew home to be beaten two lengths.
The step up to 7f looks sure to suit judged on that effort, and this looks a nice opening for Scent Of Power to get off the mark.
In the 1m 4f handicap (8.20), Double Discount is going to be hard to beat now dropped in grade.
The Tom Dacsombe trained gelding has been competing in class 2 and 3 contests this sesaon, and ran very well last time out when third to Famous Kid at this venue.
The four-year-old now drops into class 4 company, and is just 3lb higher than when last successful in the grade.
6.50: Glorious Sun
7.20: Father Stone
7.50: Scent Of Power (NB)
8.20: Double Discount
8.50: Ragged Robbin
9.20: New Rich