WITH just over a week to go until the world’s most famous horse race, this weekend’s racing is inevitably relatively low- key stuff with the non-stop rain of the last six months showing no sign of stopping.
Luckily there is plenty of action on the all-weather at Kempton with arguably the best bet of the weekend being Charlie Hills’ A MOMENTOFMADNESS in the sprint handicap (2.05pm).
To say it’s been a long time between drinks with this five-year-old would be putting it politely, as its fast approaching 12 months since he last visited the winners’ enclosure.
His narrow defeat behind Tomilly on his seasonal reappearance here last month was his ninth since last April’s success at this venue.
However, that stat doesn’t paint the whole picture as my selection has been so consistent and has been quite literally knocking on the door in far better company than this.
He was only just denied at Goodwood when runner-up last May and followed that with a close up fourth to Caspian Prince in the Dash at Epsom in June.
Only El Astronaute’s whiskers prevented him from winning at Glorious Goodwood and he wasn’t beaten far when sixth to Spring Loaded in the Portland.
He races tomorrow off the same mark of 95 which is 9lbs higher than his last winning mark, but not one from which he shouldn’t be ultra-competitive.
Things didn’t go that smoothly at Lingfield on his reappearance where he badly missed the break, but was less than a length of Tomily at the line.
A Momentofmadness is 5lbs better off with that rival tomorrow and providing he can break smartly from trap three, he should take plenty of beating at 3/1 with Coral.
Just over half an hour later the popular ten-year-old Tropics will be fancied to win again in the six-furlong handicap (2.40pm).
Dean Ivory’s evergreen sprinter will be having his 41st start of his career and will be looking to land his fourth win in six starts.
He will be hard to beat in such good form, but I’m going to chance my arm and try my luck with Robert Cowell’s RAUCOUS at around 8/1.
Some of you may be scratching your heads as to why I fancy a horse with recent form figures of 0000, but I think he has slipped in here a little under the radar.
This is his first start for Cowell who has a brilliant reputation for improving sprinters and he has slipped down to a dangerous mark of 94.
When you consider he won on his reappearance on the all-weather last April from a lofty mark of 105 with Ryan Moore in the saddle, he has to be considered interesting here from 11lbs lower in the handicap.
That was his only ever start on an artificial surface and you can see why his new connections are heading back to conditions he seemed to relish.
He disappointed in some very competitive big field handicaps last summer, but is in much calmer waters here and can go well against some more obvious rivals.
The likes of Raven’s Lady and Boundsy are both well respected, but I’m prepared to take a chance on Raucous bouncing back to life here.
A Momentofmadness 2.05pm Kempton
Raucous e/w 2.40pm Kempton