Hymn to call the tune at Kempton
Western Hymn is Chris Wilson's nap for Wednesday's racing – he has a tip for every race at the UK's four meetings.
Western Hymn (2nd left): Proven on the all-weather at Kempton
CHEPSTOW: 1.10 Air Horse One, 1.45 Dingo Dollar, 2.15 Valseur Du Granval, 2.50 Space Oddity 3.20 Vinegar Hill, 3.50 Paddy The Deejay, 4.20 Black Mischief.
KEMPTON: 4.55 Balancing Time, 5.25 Kitty Boo, 5.55 Golden Nectar, 6.25 Dal Riata, 6.55 Kananee, 7.25 Sunblazer, 7.55 WESTERN HYMN (NAP), 8.25 The Juggler.
MUSSELBURGH: 1.00 Civil Unrest, 1.30 Thankyou Very Much, 2.05 Golden Town, 2.40 Endeavor, 3.10 Shantou Tiger, 3.40 Colorado Kid.
NOTTINGHAM: 12.20 Ocelot, 12.50 Crowned Eagle, 1.20 Melodic Motion, 1.55 Double Up, 2.30 Rosina, 3.00 Orient Class, 3.30 Langley Vale, 4.00 Bollihope.
Western Hymn should really be operating on a different level to the other runners in the 32Red Floodlit Stakes at Kempton.
It might not quite be a straightforward as that, though, as John Gosden's five-year-old has not really been at his best this year.
No matter, the son of High Chaparral is cosily the highest-rated horse in this line-up and can secure a confidence-boosting success on his first start at Listed level.
This is a horse, lest we forget, who has won four Pattern races and this summer competed in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the Coral-Eclipse and the King George.
And though he was, on the face of it, a little disappointing in the St Simon Stakes at Newbury on October 22, Gosden will at least be encouraged by the way he stuck to his task late in the piece.
Western Hymn also won at Kempton on his sole all-weather start as a juvenile, so he is, reassuringly, proven on the surface.
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With a large chunk of the field either out of form or simply not good enough, Rab Havlin's mount can seize the moment.
Sunblazer's recent form figures are not too clever, but the six-year-old grey can still fight the good fight in the 32Red Casino Handicap.
The Kim Bailey-trained stayer has won some nice prizes on the all-weather, not least a valuable mile-and-a-half handicap in February which formed the final leg of noteworthy winter treble.
Things have not gone his way since then, but the assessor has relented a little and he is now back at somewhere near a winnable mark.
Sunblazer must still carry joint-top weight, but this does not look a terrific race for the prize-money on offer.
Double Up would not be winning out of turn when he rocks up at Nottingham for the Lady Cecil Morpheus Handicap.
Roger Varian's sprinter was an eyecatching fourth in the Portland Handicap at Doncaster, but he subsequently missed the break at Beverley and was then a shade one-paced in Listed company at Dundalk.
Double Up is a better horse than recent outings might suggest and can illustrate the point at Colwick Park.
Valseur Du Granval looks a player in the Qioptic Chase at Chepstow.
The seven-year-old, trained by Tom George, has reportedly not been the most straightforward of customers, but he appears bang on his game this autumn.
No better was that evidenced than at Kempton on October 16, when he gave his rivals the run-around to easily win a novice handicap chase by seven lengths from Prince Khurram.
Valseur Du Granval has obviously been punished by the assessor, but he is progressing nicely and ought not to be inconvenienced by a return to two miles in Monmouthshire.
The step up to just shy of three miles could do for Paddy The Deejay in the SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity Handicap Chase.
Stuart Edmunds' seven-year-old is winless from 12 starts under various codes, but he is not without ability and finished off his race well when fourth in a two-mile-five-furlong handicap chase at Fontwell a few weeks ago.
The hope is this longer trip will finally give him enough impetus to get his head in front.
Shantou Tiger hosed up at Bangor a week ago and can record a swift double in the Racing UK HD On Sky432 Handicap Hurdle at Musselburgh.
Donald McCain's seven-year-old must carry a 7lb penalty, but that should not be enough to stop him after he won by a yawning 15 lengths in Wales.
Posted at 1120 GMT on 01/11/16.
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