Paul Nicholls is working through a lean spell with his string as well documented in the racing press.
The horses are testing fine and I think his runners are showing better form this week and turning the proverbial corner, so to speak.
Enrilo was on our team sheet when falling in the Ladbrokes trophy at Newbury. It was too far out to know how he would have fared. We do know that he is a classy horse and should have won the Bet365 Gold Cup last season but for running around after the final fence. That run proves he stays well, can travel and enjoys decent ground. Paul admits he ran him back too soon a couple of weeks later at Cheltenham so we forgive that run. Enrilo has been freshened up for this valuable handicap and runs in first time pieces. He’s a big player in this race as it does take a bit of getting up the long finishing straight.
Annsam is well handicapped against Phoenix Way who was on my radar at bigger prices last night. This morning the value lies with the Evan Williams runner who beat Phoenix Way at Ascot by 4.5l off similar weights. Annsam likes to race prominently and enjoys decent ground. The official ground is good to soft at Kempton with the clerk of the course saying it will ride dead. That should turn this three mile race into a good stamina test which is just what Annsam requires. He carries 11-2 which is a nice weight and jockey Adam Wedge gets on great with this young chaser having only his sixth start over fences.
Kempton – 3:37
0.5 point each way Enrilo 9/1 Betfair Sportsbook & Paddy Power, both paying 5 places.
0.5 point each way Aansam 15/2 Betfair Sportsbook & Paddy Power, both paying 5 places.
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