Kempton Preview: Trucanini weighted to strike for in-form Wall
Trainer Chris Wall has a tremendous strike-rate at Kempton, and Trucanini can further enhance it with victory in the 1m handicap on this evening’s seven-race card (8.55).
The Newmarket handler has been successful with just over 30% of his runners at the venue in the past 12 months and has also struck form with a vengance of late – saddling 10 winners from his last 23 runners.
In Trucanini he has a filly who was a progressive sort last year when landing a hat-trick, and two of those wins came over course and distance.
In the last of those, the daughter of Mount Nelson made all to beat Hidden Belief by a neck off a mark of 84, and now gets into this contest off the same rating.
That gives the four-year-old every chance from a handicapping perspective, and Trucanini shaped as if coming back to form last time out when not knocked about fifth at Lingfield.
Tracunani should now be spot on to do herself justice and the return to this venue, where she is unbeaten in two runs, is a major plus.
Jet Mate was a big eye-catcher on handicap debut and looks the answer to the 1m nursery (7.25) now stepped up in trip and eased in grade.
The Bill Muir gelding stayed on nicely under tender handling at this track over 7f when fourth of 10 to Muradif in a class 5 contest at the beginning of the month.
The son of Fast Company finsihed with some petrol left in the tank, and the handicapper may have been a bit too quick in dropping him 2lb.
To me it was a run which suggested Jet Mate would be more than capable of winning a nursery, and the extra furlong this evening looks sure to suit.
The drop down into class 6 company is another plus, and from a good draw in stall four everything looks in place for a huge run.
In the 2m handicap (8.25), Perfect Storm looks the one to beat after bouncing back to form last time out when third at Haydock over 1m 6f.
The filly is lightly-raced for a four-year-old, and shaped as if staying would be here forte when beaten just 1 1/2 lengths at the Merseyside venue.
The daughter of High Chapparal should relish the extra two furlongs of this contest, and with promising young jockey Louis Steward in the saddle is just 4lb higher than when last successful if taking his 5lb claim into account.
5.55: It’s A Yes From Me
7.25: Jet Mate (NB)
7.55: Secret Art
8.25: Perfect Summer
8.55: Trucanini (NAP)