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Kempton Preview: Landwade Lad primed to open account

| 30.10.2014

Landwade Lad has some strong form to his name and looks to have found a glorious opportunity to open his account in the 1m nursery at Kempton this evening (6.00).

Trained by James Fanshawe, the colt has shown progressive form in just four starts, and ran a blinder last time out when third to Black Granite on handicap debut in a class 2 contest at Newmarket off an opening mark of 75.

A son of Dansili, Landwade Lad got outpaced when the field quickened a furlong from home in what was a slow run affair, but then stayed on nicely to be beaten 3 1/2 lengths without being unduly knocked about.

The winner, to whom he was conceding 6lb, has scored again since off 9lb higher and is now rated 91.

Runner-up Prince Gagarin also won next time out in a Listed contest at Pontefract and is now officially rated 99, giving the form an extremely strong look.

It makes Landwade Lad look thrown-in at the weights off an unchanged mark of 72, especially now dropped down into class 4 company.

Another plus is that his handler boasts a healthy 21 per cent strike rate with his runners at the track in the past 12 months, and providing Landwade lad takes to the polytrack surface he is going to be extremely tough to beat in the hands of Shane Kelly.

In the 1m handicap (6.30) Momayyaz can provide promising apprentice Kevin Stott with another winner in the famous all blue colours of Godolphin.

Stott has been used to good effect by the boys in blue in recent weeks, and is terrific value for his 5lb claim.

Taking it into account, Momayyaz is just 1lb higher than when landing a 1m 1f handicap at Wolverhampton in impressive style on her penultimate start.

The daughter of Elusive Quality showed a nice turn of hoof to beat Cappo Rosso by a cosy two lengths, and the form has been franked with the winner going on to score since.

Momayyaz backed that up with a solid one length four of six to Mooharib last time out at Pontefract, when not getting much assistance from the saddle, and in my opinion would have gone very close to winning under stronger handling.

Stott’s strength in the saddle this evening is a big plus, and Momayyaz will also be suited by the return to the polytrack surface on which she is unbeaten in two starts.

4.30: New Colours
5.00: British Art
5.30: Money Team
6.00: Landwade Lad (NAP)
6.30: Momayyaz (NB)
7.00: Divine Rule
7.30: Datanarra
8.00: Dream And Hope

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.