Paul Ferguson has two selections from Kempton on Monday; Simply A Legend at 2.50 and Claret Cloak at 4.35. Compare odds and bet.
Having shaped well in big handicaps at both Cheltenham and Aintree, Claret Cloak (4:35) can gain a well deserved second success over fences, in the 2m London Region Handicap Chase at Kempton on Bank Holiday Monday.
Emma Lavelle’s seven-year-old was a winner on his chase debut back in October and, though he ideally goes best after a lengthy lay-off, he should relish the tight 2m on decent ground; 32 days rest should be long enough.
Earlier on the card, Alan King’s Simply A Legend (2:50) should be tough to beat under a penalty, in the 2m5f Kempton Live With Dizzee Rascal 06.09.14 Novices’ Hurdle.
The five-year-old looked much improved for the application of the hood last time, when he also appeared to relish the better ground. The Midnight Legend gelding settled better (had been really keen earlier in the season) and saw out the extended 2m3½f trip well. The form of that Ascot success was given a small boost last week, when third home Gassin Golf chased home Arctic Fire at the Punchestown Festival.
Provided the headgear does the trick once again and he gets this longer trip, he should make it back-to-back successes in the race for the stable.
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