2.00 Kempton – RONS DREAM (nap)
The selection, trained by Peter Bowen, is a daughter of Kayf Tara who quickly made up into a useful performer over hurdles in the 2014/15 season, beating the smart The Govaness on hurdling debut and, following a second hurdles win at Newbury, finished second to Uranna in a 2m 4f Listed event at Sandown. She built on a highly promising return at Chepstow behind Court Minstrel last October with a gutsy success in a 3m 1f Listed handicap hurdle at Cheltenham the following month, and she ran well in defeat back there from a higher mark when runner-up to the progressive Lily Waugh in a 2m 4f handicap hurdle. She was highly tried twice thereafter, including when coming home in ninth in the Grade 1 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at the festival, and she signed off with victory in a 3m handicap hurdle at Ayr in April when travelling best and finding plenty to score. That marked a career best effort, and she makes her return favoured by the weights while the likelihood of testing ground will also hold no fears; disappointing if she couldn’t go very close here.
2.35 Kempton – ANDY KELLY (nb)
The selection, trained by Emma Lavelle, is a son of Flemensfirth who achieved a useful level of form over hurdles during the 2013/14 season, landing a 2m 6f maiden event at Stratford by 22 lengths and signing off with an impressive success in a 2m 5f novice contest here. However, he hasn’t seen much action since then, making little impact in a trio of handicap hurdles at Cheltenham, Sandown and here, travelling well to a point on each occasion but failing to see things out. He made an impressive start over fences in a 2m 3½f novices’ handicap chase at Plumpton 13 months ago, close up and jumping boldly throughout, moving through strongly three out and soon in full control as he ran out an easy 6-length winner from Cadoudoff. He wasn’t seen again thereafter but has any amount of potential for chasing, impressing with how he jumped and travelled that day and an 8lb rise for that win looking none too harsh (solid form); any further easing of the ground will be fine and no surprise to see this gelding make a winning return to action.