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KEMPTON PREVIEW | Wednesday’s Evening Racing

A seven-race card on the all-weather awaits racing fans at Kempton on Wednesday



Kempton Racecourse General

Kempton Park welcomes fans back for the first time in five months, with an evening of flat racing on the all-weather track on show in Surrey.

The action gets underway with a 1m handicap at 5.25 and concludes at 8.35.

A Class 3 Handicap over 1m4f is the stand-out contest on the card, with several interesting runners featuring.

Archie Watson’s GREAT ESTEEM struggled on his return to turf at Hamilton at the beginning of the month, finishing last of nine runners in a 1m5f handicap.

Archie Watson Trainer
Archie Watson holds three entries on the Kempton card on Wednesday

The five-year-old returns to the much-more familiar polytrack, with his recent form on the all-weather looking strong.

Hollie Doyle returns in the saddle, after missing the gelding’s last outing and he could well return to winning ways here.

2CEEH7N Jockey Hollie Doyle (left) walks to the parade ring at Kempton Park Racecourse.
Hollie Doyle is booked in for six rides at Kempton on Wednesday

Michael Appleby’s OSLO carries a consistent level of form into the contest while UTILE returns to Kempton after winning her first start under rules here back in September, as the daughter of Frankel makes her handicap debut for Hugo Palmer.

GIFT HORSE will be hoping to be third time lucky this time around as he aims to claim victory in a 6f Restricted Novice Stakes for James Tate.

The two-year-old finished a neck behind the winner at Lingfield earlier in the month and he could improve further here.

ADAAY IN ASIA was bred to compete in the middle distances, but Harry Dunlop’s recruit produced a bold effort in a 5f novice stakes two weeks ago at Lingfield.

Sired by Adday and out of a multiple 1m4f winner, the two-year-old claimed third and finished a length and three quarters behind fellow entrant Gift Horse, which suggests that she could be competitive at the shorter distances.

TAHITIAN PRINCE will be hoping to return to winning ways in the Class 4 1m Handicap for Richard Hannon, with veteran BORN TO RUN looking to land his fourth course victory for Camilla Poulton.

Richard Hannon
Richard Hannon will be hoping to see Tahitian Prince land success at Kempton

Godolphin runner SMART START will be looking to build on his debut runner-up finish at Lingfield with success in the 7f Auction Stakes for Saeed bin Suroor, while Ed Walker’s PAXOS aims for a first career hat-trick in the 7f Class 4 Handicap.

ARLECCHINO’S ARC will be hoping to land his second victory in three races in the Class 6 1m4f Handicap, while L’Operateur will be looking to go one better in the Class 5 1m Handicap after finishing second at Windsor last month.