Kempton Preview: Jack Of Diamonds can come up trumps
There is some competitive all-weather action at Kempton this evening, and Jack Of Diamonds looks to have plenty going form him in the 1m handicap that closes the card (9.00).
The Roger Teale trained gelding is yet to finishing out of the frame in four runs at the venue, and registered his last success over course and distance when holding on gamely to beat Bank On Me by a short-head off a handicap mark of 79.
That win came back in November 2012, and Jack Of Diamonds went on to be placed off higher marks in his next three starts.
They included a solid third of seven to Boots And Spurs in class 3 contest at Lingfield over a mile off 82 last May, and the five-year-old now gets into this lower grade class 4 contest off the same rating.
That gives the son of Red Clubs every chance at the weights, especially now returned to a venue which clearly suits.
Course and distance winner Kinglami gets the services of the ultra-talented Oisin Murphy in the 6f handicap (7.20) and looks weighted to go well.
The Brian Gubby trained gelding ran out the impressive winner of a 6f contest at Windsor last August off 74, and went on to run a number of solid races off his current mark of 80.
They included an excellent close up fourth of 12 to Interception over course and distance, and the son of Kingsalsa looked as good as ever when runner-up at Windsor on his seasonal reappearance.
Although Kinglami then ran slightly below par when 8th of 18 to Intrinsic at Goodwood last time out, the winner is very smart and this is easier.
The lightly-raced and unexposed Idea shaped better than the bare result on seasonal reappearance when ninth of 18 at York and looks worth another chance to confirm the promise he showed as a juvenile in the 7f handicap.
The Sir Michael Stoute trained colt gave jockey James Doyle no chance of staying in the saddle after veering right out of the stalls on his debut at Goodwood, but looked a smart prospect when winning next time up at Windsor.
After tracking the the leaders, the son of Mizzen Mist was switched right a furlong from home after being short of room and showed a smart turn of foot to beat Exchequer by 1/2 a length on soft ground.
The pair pulled well clear of the third, and the runner-up had previously chased home subsequent Group 1 Racing Post Trophy winner Kingston Hill in at Newbury.
That is solid form and makes Idea look on a potentially handy mark off 79.
6.10: Desert Snow
6.45: Golden Zephyr
7.20: Kinglami (NB)
7.55: Spice Fair
9.00: Jack Of Diamonds (NAP)