Guest is the best at Kempton

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GUEST OF HONOUR is the best bet at Kempton’s twilight meeting as he starts off life in handicap company for Marco Botti.

The three-year-old ran a couple of promising race at Kempton and Pontefract before justifying favouritism with a nice effort at Wolverhampton in November.

There is every chance he can take his game to another level now he has got his head in front, An initial mark of 79 could prove lenient for his run in the 32Red Handicap.

Zaminate’s debut run at Kempton was not without promise and she is of interest on her second racecourse appearance at Lingfield.

Andrew Balding’s filly was in the rear for the majority of her seven-furlong journey on her introduction and it was clear rounding the home turn she would not be landing a serious blow.

However, connections will have taken some encouragement from the way she finished off her race, as she passed a couple of her rivals to finish fifth of eight.

The strength of that form alone is probably not enough to see her get off the mark in the attheraces.com Exclusive Hugh Taylor Tipping Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, but there are reasons to expect improvement.

That first experience will not have been lost on her, while this step up to a mile should be in her favour.

This looks a fairly modest affair so it would be no surprise to see Zaminate in the thick of things.

Last week’s course winner Llamadas has every chance of following up under a penalty in the 32RedBet.com Handicap.

After spending over five years on the sidelines with injury, it appeared a bizarre decision to bring the 10-year-old back to the racecourse when he finished well down the field on his first couple of appearances at Kempton.

However, returned to Lingfield, he secured his fourth win from seven course starts with a fine staying performance.

He remains feasibly handicapped on his best form and despite coming back in trip slightly, Llamadas should be very hard to beat.

The rearranged Peterborough Chase at Exeter has attracted a disappointing field but conditions should suit Colin Tizzard’s Hey Big Spender if the meeting survives an 8am inspection.

He stays much further than this trip of nearly two and a half miles but in testing conditions his stamina should be brought into play.

They also race over jumps at Towcester, where course winner Two Rockers can defy a winner’s penalty in the Visit The Forum On gg.com Novices’ Hurdle.

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