Through The Card: Kempton, Monday May 15

14:00 – Ok Corral looked a most exciting prospect in bumpers back in 2015 and whilst things have clearly not been plain sailing since, it would be no surprise to see him make a winning hurdles debut for his leading handler, however there is little value in his price given his absence and a more reliable option could be to side with RUWASI (6) who has shaped nicely in two starts over hurdles to date. Huntingdon scorer Shining Romeo is respected but a penalty makes life tougher.

14:30 – Little Acorn may not show her best until dropped back in trip, so, despite representing an in-form yard, she is passed over in favour of PLEASURE DOME (6) who was fairly useful on the Flat and showed promise in both starts over hurdles late last year, latterly behind Charli Parcs at this venue. This longer trip should be within range and she earns the vote in a tricky affair. Comely seemed to shape well when second at Market Rasen last time but reportedly bled so doesn't look one to rely on.

15:05 – It was no surprise that MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1) failed to match strides with a couple of useful types on his C&D chase debut but he's open to improvement now pitched into a handicap in this sphere and could prove too strong for recent course runner-up Clondaw Banker. There's a chance that FINGERS CROSSED (8) could get an easy lead and he looks worth including as a second string to the bow.

15:35 – If reproducing the form of his latest effort at Ascot, the top weight TOVIERE (1) could be the answer. He's on an appealing mark for this first start in handicap company and he is marginally preferred to Quarenta and recent Plumpton winner Mab Dab. Schnabel's handicap debut display at Exeter wasn't overly inspiring so he is passed over as a result.

16:10 – Moorlands Jack and Flashman are not ones to trust implicitly, despite the first-named winning last time out, and a safer bet looks to be TRIPLE CHIEF (6) who went down only to the progressive Meldrum Lad at Exeter last time and is taken to resume winning ways here. Exeter winner Seven Kingdoms could be the one to give Chris Down's charge most to do.

16:40 – Dan Skelton's SPADER (8) is well treated on Flat form and looked set to prove the point until making a hash of the last at Stratford last time. He looks worth a bet to gain compensation here, possibly at the main expense of Salto Chisco and Blackfire who both promise to be suited by the drop back to 2m.

Recommendation:

Win back SPADER in the 16:40 at Kempton

Placepot permutation:

14:00 – 6
14:30 – 6
15:05 – 1, 8
15:35 – 1
16:10 – 6
16:40 – 8

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