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Monday 22 October 2018

King Kevin has right to rule supreme

CHAIN OF BEACONS (Callum Bewley) wins at Kelso. Photo: Grossick Racing Photography
CHAIN OF BEACONS (Callum Bewley) wins at Kelso. Photo: Grossick Racing Photography

King Kevin built up plenty of momentum before the turn of the year and he can ensure 2018 gets off to a good start by winning the Betway Handicap at Wolverhampton.

The four-year-old certainly took some time to get rolling in 2017, finishing well out of the frame in six starts before a fair third at Chelmsford in October seemed to turn the tide.

With a couple of confidence-boosting placed efforts under his belt, King Kevin finally hit the target in a moderate Chelmsford event in November and has struck twice more in three starts since.

His two-and-a-half-length verdict at Dunstall Park on St Stephen's Day looked particularly useful and he is clearly on an upward curve now, as evidenced by his 12lb rise in the ratings.

Outer Space is on his lowest mark and might have been found a decent opportunity in the Bet And Watch At sunbets.co.uk Selling Stakes.

Once rated as high as 94, he is now on a perch of 75 after a string of disappointing efforts but he is surely capable off this kind of mark.

His recent third at Wolverhampton suggests all is perhaps not lost and this is theoretically an easier test.

Tatlisu snapped a lengthy losing streak when winning at Wolverhampton last month and he can build on that in the sunbets.co.uk Top Price On All Favourites Claiming Stakes at Southwell.

The popular eight-year-old is a long way removed from his Ayr Silver Cup winning days back in 2015, but he remains a decent competitor in this kind of grade.

Southwell perhaps is not for every horse, but Lady Perignon has shown she can deal with the Fibresand surface and is one for the shortlist in the sunbets.co.uk Handicap.

Third over seven furlongs here in October, she was not beaten far in a blanket finish over a mile at Lingfield last time after trying to make all.

Switching back in distance here could be key.

Copain De Classe should go well in the Ludlow Club Chase at the Shropshire venue. The five-year-old gelding found Benatar too good at Ascot last month but given that one has gone on to Grade Two success, that may have been a very decent run.

Paul Nicholls has been far from hard on Copain De Classe, having chalked up just six outings for him in two years, but he looks an animal full of potential.

Galashiels trainer Katie Scott can strike gold with Chain Of Beacons (inset) in the Get Daily Tips At racinguk.com Kilmany Cup Handicap Chase at Musselburgh.

Formerly trained by Sandy Thomson, Chain Of Beacons has made a fine start for his new team, finishing third on his first outing for the yard before winning last time out.

Chain Of Beacons got a clever ride from Callum Bewley that day and might well turn out to be good value for the official margin.

Today's selections

LUDLOW: 1.20 Look My Way, 1.50 Indian Hawk, 2.20 Copain De Classe, 2.50 Ellens Way, 3.20 Agreement, 3.50 Brushed Up.

MUSSELBURGH: 1.00 Emell, 1.30 Middlebrow, 2.00 Hey Bob, 2.30 Court Baloo, 3.00 Chain Of Beacons, 3.30 Skye Chief.

SOUTHWELL: 12.40 High Kicker, 1.10 Speciality, 1.40 Viva Verglas, 2.10 Jack The Truth, 2.40 Lady Perignon, 3.10 Tatlisu, 3.40 Canadian Royal.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.10 Breaking Free, 4.40 Spare Parts, 5.10 Amazing Grazing, 5.40 Outer Space, 6.10 Barbara Villiers, 6.40 KING KEVIN (NAP), 7.10 Sooqaan.

DOUBLE: King Kevin and Copain De Classe.

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