A much busier day of racing action across Britain and Ireland is ahead on Wednesday, with meetings coming from Ludlow and Haydock over jumps, while the all-weather action is at Lingfield, Dundalk and Kempton.
Today’s fancies include a David Menuisier runner taking a step up into Listed company for the Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton – where’s he won both starts previously.
- Kempton 19.50 – Belloccio @ 4/1
- Haydock 15.07 – Up Helly Aa King @ 9/2
- Ludlow 15.15 – Loup De Maulde @ 7/2
David Menuisier’s BELLOCCIO (4/1) could be the fly in the ointment for his rivals in Kempton’s Listed Wild Flower Stakes (19.50) on Wednesday evening.
The gelded son of Belardo has only had four runs at this trip and is 2-2 over C&D in that sequence. He made a winning start to 2022 over track and trip in April, narrowly landing a handicap off a mark of 96.
After that, he was laboured in three turf starts flanked by a midsummer break, but it was last month’s return here in which he produced a career-best.
He was held up in that ten-runner Class 2 event and came through with a strong winning run when he was asked, going away to win by 4½-lengths despite lumping weight to most of his rivals.
On the back of that, he thoroughly deserves a crack at this sort of prize around here, as he looks a better performer on this synthetic surface.
Siskany heads a two-strong challenge from Charlie Appleby and is a solid favourite alongside Wild Crusade, but William Buick’s mount was only second in this a year age behind re-opposing Garden Paradise and perhaps faces into a stronger renewal now.
Belloccio is on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder today and should give his rivals plenty food for thought under a strong late run from Jamie Spencer.
Cheltenham Festival winners Chambard (Kim Muir, 2022) and Coo Star Sivola (Ultima, 2018) are atop the betting for this Jewson Widnes Veterans’ Handicap Chase (3.07) at Haydock, while Grand National regular Blaklion is in the mix for a contest he won 12 months ago, but UP HELLY AA KING (9/2) can upstage them all for trainer Neil Alexander.
He was a good fourth in this race a year ago on heavy ground and landed himself a Doncaster veterans’ win over 3m on soft ground in February.
As he did last season, he made his comeback at Kelso (2m5½f, good to soft) at the start of this month and he much more competitive this time around, beaten less than four-lengths by the winner Sirwilliamwallace.
That bodes well coming back here where he’s much better off at the weights with last season’s winner Blaklion and looks sure to present a big challenge, as both Chambard and Coo Star Sivola lack recent runs.
The mare Lily Glitters is favourite for the G.C. Rickards Ltd Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (15.15) at Ludlow, but the visor that she has worn in both her wins remains absent and LOUP DE MAULDE (7/2) looks a better option on the back of his decisive win at Huntingdon 11 days ago.
That was just his second start after moving to Robbie Llewellyn and he could have plenty more to offer as a hurdler, his previous experience in this sphere coming in maiden/novice company in the autumn last year before he was sent chasing by Christian Williams very quickly.
He outran his price when third on stable bow at Hereford in late October, entitled to need that first run since June, and then pulled clear to score at Huntingdon (3m1f, good) next time.
He’s 8lb higher now, though a mark of 101 isn’t prohibitive and he’s in against some modest and exposed rivals now.