5.45 Kempton – BOBBY BISCUIT (nap)
The selection, trained by Simon Dow, is a nicely-bred son of Scat Daddy who made his debut outing in a 7f novice contest here last September (20/1 chance), racing in touch in midfield and pushed along over two furlongs out, making steady but sustained progress from over a furlong out to come home in fourth behind Symbolization (beaten 7 lengths). This colt had a few subsequent winners around him that day, shaping with a good deal of promise himself, never too far away and sticking on in pleasing fashion inside the final furlong for nothing more than hands-and-heels riding. That he offered as much first time out in what looked a useful contest augurs extremely well, hailing from a stable whose horses often improve significantly for a run; with the extra furlong on offer here bound to suit, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this son of Scat Daddy make a winning return to action.
7.15 Kempton – RIPP ORF (nb)
The selection, trained by David Elsworth, is a half brother to connections’ smart 7f/1m performer Speculative Bid who showed promise in a trio of 6f maidens here during the backend of 2016, waited with in rear and staying on strongly to take third close home behind Dagonet on debut before shaping in similar fashion when fourth of 11 to Hathiq three weeks later. His third and final outing at two came in a median auction event a month later (5/2 chance), racing in midfield and shaken up passing the two furlong marker, staying on strongly throughout the final furlong to take second close home behind Fivetwoeight (beaten 1 length). A 406-day absence quite clearly indicates he’s had a problem, but he remains of significant interest ahead of his handicap debut from an opening mark of 73; now also getting the seventh furlong he looked to be crying out for in maidens and assuming he’s ready to roll for this belated return to action, it’d be rather surprising if this son of Rip Van Winkle wasn’t in the thick of things.