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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Blueberry one to pick at Kempton

BLUEBERRY Fizz’s consistency can finally be rewarded beneath the Kempton floodlights.

The John Ryan-trained four-year-old is, maddeningly, still winless from 18 starts, but she can finally banish that unwanted statistic at the Sunbury circuit.

Blueberry Fizz is especially fond of competing on an all-weather surface, and has finished in the money on four of her last five starts at Kempton.

Her most recent effort also bodes well as she revelled in a return to six furlongs at Lingfield, when only denied by a head.

Being drawn 12 of 12 might not be a bad thing, however, as it could give her a little respite away from the mid-division scrimmaging.

In light of her recent well-being, Ryan looks to have found her an eminently winnable contest in division one of the skysports.com Handicap.

William Knight has also done his homework ahead of Viola Da Gamba’s outing in the Win Big With Betdaq Multiples Median Auction Maiden Stakes. The three-year-old is in receipt of chunks of weight from most of these unspectacular-looking rivals.

Viola Da Gamba is, conversely, the highest-rated horse in the field. Assuming she has been well versed at home, Knight must fancy Viola Da Gamba’s chances of overcoming a 213-day absence here.

Roc De Guye may emerge the luminary on a rather low-key afternoon at Hereford. The James Evans-trained seven-year-old has been up and down since winning at Fakenham last November, but showed a little revival at Huntingdon last time.

Timmy Murphy’s mount came from off the pace to finish an admittedly well-beaten second on ground that would have been softer than ideal.

A brisker surface for the Lord Scudamore Racing To School Handicap Chase will probably aid his cause, while he is now back on the same mark as when victorious by eight lengths at Fakenham.

Priceless Art will not represent value in the Howdens Joinery Novices’ Handicap Chase at Haydock, but he should still be kept on-side in light of recent exploits.

The seven-year-old has won his last two starts, on the Flat at Southwell and on his chasing debut at Sedgefield, in the style of a bang-in-form animal.

Trainer Alan Swinbank will no doubt be nonplussed by Priceless Art’s inaugural chasing mark of 120, but he does look an animal blessed with plenty of scope.

Ballyvoneen also holds the key to the Tribute To Molson Coors Customers Handicap Chase at Warwick.

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