Plenty Talent at Kempton
September 7, 2012 · 0 Comments‘Express’ on time for the Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs on ‘good to firm’ Brighton today when a mammoth eight-race card contains seven handicaps; in my book that’s ridiculous, a complete turn-off. All runners are handicapped to dead-heat and on such a track with so many variables it’s nigh impossible to solve them; unless you know something that no one else knows give handicaps a wide berth because it’s tantamount to swimming in quicksand. William Muir was delighted with Wayfoong Express when this Acclamation colt finished strongly to be fourth on debut over six furlongs at Windsor last month, beaten only two lengths by Colmar Kid; half-length runner-up, African Oil confirmed value of form when scoring at Lingfield, Wednesday.
Given Wayfoong Express was sluggish in the early stages, got behind and made up considerable leeway that represented an encouraging effort; improvement might not be needed but is definitely expected. Muir is no ‘winning machine’ and indeed often reckons his geese are swans; but he’s a trier and battles through, year in, year out, along with son-in-law Martin Dwyer, himself just a ‘journeyman’ jockey, able to eke out a decent living amongst a clutch of moderates with few exceptions. One of them, of course, is William Buick, booked for once-raced concise in the thirteen-runner Maiden Stakes over six furlongs of Kempton polytrack tonight. No ‘cert’ by any means but last month this Lemon Drop Kid filly ran on well over seven of Lingfield ‘poly’ to finish only two lengths off strongly-fancied Labienus; what beats her will win, again expect a lot of improvement because trainer Ed Dunlop’s yard is flying.
Queen Aggie will be a popular choice for the six-runner Fillies’ Conditions Stakes over seven furlongs having stormed home to win over six at Chester last week; David Evans paid the asking price this Elnadim filly after she made a winning debut in a five furlongs Wolverhampton claimer! On my time-handicap however this might be a question of greed and a step too far because once-raced Talent possesses plenty and comes out similarly to the likely favourite on the TH. In addition Talent is partnered by Jim Crowley, one of the best AWR jockeys on our circuit. Jockeyship counts for so much.
R11 (6) Wayfoong Express (nap)
R31 (11) Concise (e.w)
R36 (6) Talent.
By USPORTT Desk