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Time is ‘Key’ to this player!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Key Player, eye-catching on course debut last month, represents a solid each-way bet in the Novice Stakes over a mile of Lingfield polytrack today; pity Eve Johnson Houghton’s charge disappointed ten days later on turf at Brighton.

Either turf, or running again too soon, were legitimate reasons but Key Player has been given thirty-three days ‘recovery time’ since and is reported in fine form to make it third time lucky under Charles Bishop.

Obvious favourite will surely be Kassar, first-up winner (33/1) for Roger Charlton around Kempton seven weeks ago, when achieving a useful time-handicap mark, for which he is penalised 7lbs. That equates to about three lengths, not to be underestimated.

Another with claims is John Gosden-trained Rhode Island, favourite on debut on a ‘good to soft’ Nottingham surface earlier this month but only fifth; improvement is nigh on guaranteed.

There are seven newcomers but, despite the presence of Kassar, first time out two-year-old winners are a rarity and I’m confident about our selection being a key player!

Our BHA handicapper appears to have made a ‘rick’ (mistake!) in the Nursery Handicap over five furlongs; on my time-figures Brockey Rise has several pounds in hand of five rivals, only slight concern is an absence of sixty-three days.

Mine is not to speculate just reveal findings and rely on trainer David Evens to produce Brockey Rise fit and capable of running up to his Thirsk effort in August.

Matt Cosham claims 3lbs apprentice allowance and we know Evans is a heavy bettor!

Time to watch the pre-race market, eh?

In the Claiming Stakes over seven furlongs Al Khan should win ‘alf the track!’

Wonder why they want to ‘get rid!’