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Dark Horses 13th April

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7:40 Kempton – GESSKILLE

Kempton Park hosts their traditional evening jumps card, and it concludes with a trappy looking Hunters’ Chase at 7:40, but GESSKILLE is a standout on form. A 3-time winner in his native France, he made his debut for the Greenall team in a similar contest last month, where he got the better of the in form Give Me A Copper by half a length. He travelled extremely strongly under Toby Wynne that day, who retains the ride on Wednesday, before taking up the lead at the last and always doing enough on the run in. He is very lightly raced at the trip and as a 6-year-old, you would like to think that he has much further scope for improvement than most of his rivals do. All 4 career wins have come on Flat, right-handed tracks, so Kempton should suit, and he looks to be good value to follow up on his Ludlow win.

5:40 Kempton – Tommy Tracey

Paul Webber wouldn’t be renowned for his winning Novice hurdlers, but TOMMY TRACEY has made a solid start to his career under rules and looked ready to strike on the evidence of his last run. He finished 2nd to Chavez (Paul Nicholls) in a similar contest at Ascot last month, which showed a marked improvement on his debut effort at Lingfield in January. The better ground could well be the key to him, especially as he ran well on both starts in Point-to-Point races which were also run on a sound surface. This trip looks to be the ideal for him and he is good value to cause an upset if building on his Ascot run.

3:40 Gowran Park – Prettiest

It probably doesn’t take a genius to find a horse like PRETTIEST in this contest, but it si equally fair to say that this daughter of Dubawi and Alice Springs is likely to be seen racing at a much higher level than this throughout 2022. She finished 4th in the Albany at Royal Ascot season after making a winning debut at Navan and although in time she may get further than this, the level of form that she showed at 2 would be more than enough to win a contest like this. Her dam and siblings improved as 3-year-olds and as she is the most experienced horse in the lineup, she should be able to put that experience to good use to make a winning start to her 2022 campaign under Seamie Heffernan.

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