The weather continues to wreak its own brand of havoc with the racing schedule but plenty of action in Britain and Ireland has survived the rain this weekend.
It has felt like the Tropics at times this week and that is where we begin as Dean Ivory’s charge looks to gain a fourth win in six starts when he takes in the 6f handicap at Kempton (14:40).
A Group 3 winner and placed in the 2014 July Cup at his best, the now 10-year-old Tropics has been in super recent form and may still be well-handicapped.
His strike-rate on the all-weather stands at 33 per cent and he made light of a trip shorter than ideal last time when obliging at Chelmsford.
An early quote of 4/1 looks to be a smidge of value on Robert Winston’s mount in what is admittedly a competitive eight-runner affair.
Later in the Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes, Sir Michael Stoute’s South African import Smart Call is tipped to get her first British success at odds of 11/4.
The filly was tried exclusively in Group 1/Group 2 company last season after joining Stoute’s operation and was able to go close on more than one occasion. This step down in class should give Jim Crowley a chance to steer her to success.
Across in Ireland, Jim Bolger’s filly Rince Deireanach is fancied at a generous 5/1 to exact her revenge on last week’s conqueror Definite Doyenne.
The daughter of Teofilo was making her seasonal reappearance and was conceding more a stone to the handicap debutante. At the crucial moment, Rince Deireanach just couldn’t pick up as the winner shot clear under a featherweight.
She was, however, closing again at the line and with that run behind her and a longer trip this time – plus the weight imbalance down to a manageable 4lb – Kevin Manning’s mount can hopefully reverse the placings.
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