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Sunday 17 December 2017

King's request looks made to order for a royal assignment

Mahadee ridden by Jennifer Powell wins the 32red.com All Weather 'Hands and Heels' apprentice series final during Winter Derby day at Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey
Mahadee ridden by Jennifer Powell wins the 32red.com All Weather 'Hands and Heels' apprentice series final during Winter Derby day at Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey

King’s Request might be an entirely different prospect back on the all-weather for the Download The BetVictor.com Instabet App Handicap at Lingfield.

Laura Mongan’s stayer was pulled up on the second of two stabs over hurdles in October, but it is this arena in which he has hitherto shown his best form.

The four-year-old son of New Approach impressed early in the year when he knocked off a course-and-distance hat-trick, going up 10lb for his endeavours.

King’s Request was faced with a few obstacles during that purple patch, not least a crawling pace which had to be overcome on his last success in March.

Mongan’s inmate was always going to find life much tougher in the Marathon race on Good Friday, after which he also struggled on his sole turf start.

Though he is burdened with top weight for this race, the half-brother to Palace Episode is only 3lb higher than when he last secured an all-weather victory. With age on his side and stamina to burn, King’s Request and Liam Jones are quietly fancied to prevail.

Dual course winner Spirit Of Gondree should be respected for the Download The BetVictor App Handicap. Though Milton Bradley’s six-year-old has been a Wolverhampton standing dish this autumn, running their four times, a mile at Kempton would arguably play more to his strengths.

Spirit Of Gondree won by two and a half lengths over course and distance in March and races here off just a 1lb higher mark. The appointment of Adam Kirby, who was at the helm that day, also looks significant.

Kempton’s feature event, the BetVictor.com Nursery Handicap, does not especially appealing from a betting perspective, but Colour Party could be the one. It was hard not to have been taken by her two-length defeat of Pure Line at Wolverhampton a week and a half ago, with this race a logical next port of call.

Southfield Theatre looks the class act on day one of the big Hennessy Gold Cup fixture at Newbury.

The Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old is already prominent in the betting for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March and can carry on the good work in Berkshire.

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