Sunday 17 December 2017

Welsh Inlet can score for Bridger at Kempton

Welsh Inlet should be respected in the Mix Business With Pleasure Handicap at Kempton.

John Bridger's mare is not as good on the all-weather as she is on the turf, but a humble race like this sits cosily upon her radar.

The seven-year-old made an unimpressive return from a break over Kempton's seven furlongs in January, but green shoots of recovery were evident back in Sunbury in February.

Stepped back up to a mile, Welsh Inlet stayed on purposefully late in the day to finish third, beaten two lengths by Skidby Mill.

The daughter of Kheleyf might even have got a bit closer had she been a little more prominent to what was admittedly a stop-start pace - something which also did her no favours.

Bridger will nonetheless be satisfied the assessor has left her alone off a mark of 49, which is some 8lb lower than when she won at this course in January 2013.

And though she has not yet struck over a mile, her last per formance at that trip suggests that statistic could soon be scratched from the archives.

Quality Art's consistency can again come to the fore in the Unibet Offer Daily Jockey/Trainer Specials Handicap at Lingfield.

The seven-year-old gelding has won two of his last four, having been placed in most of his other races this winter.

He was also a shade unfortunate over this course and distance not so long ago when touched off by a neck under overly exaggerated waiting tactics.

Simon Hodgson's son of Elusive Quality is clearly a big danger at this sort of level and must surely be competitive on a mark of 58 in what is, frankly, a pretty awful encounter.

It will be interesting to see how Midnight Chorister gets on at Catterick.

Alex Hales' seven-year-old responded manfully from a subdued run at Ludlow in mid-January with a performance of some promise a month later.

Sent off a largely unconsidered 10-1 shot for a novice handicap chase at Leicester, Midnight Chorister travelled zestfully for a good portion of the two-mile journey before he was overtaken late on.

Hales' inmate was only beaten under four lengths, though, which would indicate the step up in trip for the Dine And View At Catterick Races Handicap Chase is likely to suit.

This looks a good race for him, having been left alone off a competitive-looking mark of 105.

Deny is no rock-and-roll star, but he might have enough about him to prevail in the Go Racing In Yorkshire Handicap Hurdle.

Trained in Northamptonshire by Henry Hogarth, the seven-year-old has already won well at Catterick this season and was a little unfortunate back in North Yorkshire just over a week ago.

Deny finished second behind the progressive Nefyn Bay in a two-mile-three handicap hurdle, but he was well clear of the third home that day and is in decent nick.

That run was also meritorious as it was his first stab over that sort of trip.

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