3.05 Kempton – JAISALMER (nap)
The selection, trained by Mark Bradstock, is a son of Jeremy who showed promise on his sole outing last term in a bumper at Warwick, and he shaped better than the end result on his belated return in a 2m 3.5f novices’ hurdle at Hereford in early January, prominent but caught wide throughout and fading between the third and second last flights as he came home in sixth behind Keepers Hill. His latest outing came in a similar event at Plumpton 26 days later (50/1 chance), attempting to make all and doing so until making a mistake at the second last and soon being headed by the eventual winner, untidy again at the final flight but sticking on well on the flat to take second behind Jerrysback (beaten 4½ lengths). This gelding has shaped promisingly to a point on all three outings to date, particularly last time when bumping into a very useful prospect who has since easily defied a penalty, with the third, fourth (twice) and fifth placed horses that day also successful since. For all he does face a pair of previous winners on this occasion, one of them arrives here after a laboured effort (albeit on bad ground) and the other has yet to show anything in two outings in this country; no surprise whatsoever to see this son of Jeremy off the mark here.