Yarmouth Preview: Khubala can strike for in-form Palmer
Trainer Hugo Palmer has his team in terrific form and Khubala can provide him with another success in the 6f conditions contest on this afternoon’s card at Yarmouth (5.30).
The gelding was a consistent sort in handicaps/pattern company last year, with his last success coming at Windsor when giving the now 115-rated Tropics 3lb and a neck beating.
That is strong form, and Khubala went on to finish a solid fourth in a Listed contest at Chester when not handling the track or getting the clearest of runs.
The five-year-old is entitled to the maximum respect in today’s field judged on those efforts and should strip much fitter following a return to action in a Listed contest at Newmarket last month after 315 days on the sidelines.
That run should have blow away the cobwebs, and with the stable banging in winners left, right and centre this looks a nice opportunity for Khubala to get back in the winners’ enclosure.
Kinshasa lost all chance of landing the hat-trick when blowing the start last time out but holds solid claims of making amends in the extended 1m 3f handicap (4.30).
The colt is a typical Luca Cumani trained performer, who after winning his maiden in good style at Kempton had little difficulty following up on handicap debut at Salisbury.
The three-year-old ran on strongly in the latter to score with more in hand than the winning margin of 3/4 of a length suggests, and now gets into this contest off just 4lb higher.
That should enable Kinshasa to be very competitive as the son of Pivotal remains unexposed after just five starts and open to bags more improvement.
Tamayuz Star has become incredibly well-treated and looks the answer to the 5f handicap that closes proceedings (6.00) after bouncing back to form last time out.
The George Margarson trained colt ran a blinder to finish a length third of nine to Cruisetothelimit at Haydock, showing plenty of pace to chase the leaders until being held and carried left near the finish.
It was a highly encouraging effort, and the four-year-old now gets into this contest off the same mark of 84.
That is a career-low rating, and gives the Tamayuz Star a huge chance at the weights considering the son of Tamayuz was rated as high as 101 last year.
2.30: Luna Mission
4.00: Goodwood Storm
4.30: Kinshasa (NB)
5.00: Echo Brava
5.30: Khubala (NAP)
6.00: Tamayuz Star