Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:
2015: £248.10 (10 favourites: 2 winners--3 placed--5 unplaced)
4.55: Readers are advised to approach the first race cautiously, given that the nine declarations are separated by just six 'spots' via the official assessor. SINGLE SUMMIT catches the eye as the overnight outsider of the field in the trade press. John Jenkins has his runners in decent nick and it would not surprise yours truly in the least if John's Hellvelyn colt outran his odds. Others of interest include IMJIN RIVER, RED FLUTE and GLENBACK LASS.
Favourite factor: Five of the seven favourites have secured toteplacepot positions via seven renewals (one non runner), statistics which include three (7/2**-3/1-15/8) winners.
Kempton record of course winners in the opening event:
5.25: All seven winners have carried a maximum burden of 9-5. Two of the seven horses that fail to qualify on this occasion potentially drop into the 'superior' weight sector via jockey claims, though there are others I prefer down the handicap, particularly LITTLE CHOOSEY, SUDDEN WISH and (possibly) HAPPY JACK. FERRYVIEW PLACE is the horse with a claimer aboard that is also short listed at the overnight stage.
Favourite factor: Six of the 11 market leaders have finished in the frame, two of which have been won by favourites.
Kempton record of course winners in the second race:
2/7--Sudden Wish (Dual C&D winners)
5/28--Time Square (C&D winner x 3)
5.55: ROSALEE is the only course winner in the line-up and as a course and distance winner, Jeremy Gask'e Zebedee filly is the first name on the team sheet. GORGEOUS GEEZER and PRINCESS COOKIE are the main threats from my viewpoint, with MYSTERIOUS LOOK not entirely ruled out of the equation from an each way/toteplacepot perspective.
Favourite factor: The only one of seven market leaders to claim a toteplacepot position thus far was the 2011 (2/1) winner.
Kempton record of course winners in the third contest:
1/2--Rosalee (C&D winner)
6.25: Three-year-olds generally win these mixed vintage maiden event (even in the fillies’ only sector) and that has been the case in this race thus far. The trend is expected to continue via the likes of newcomers DEEP DREAM (Andrew Balding) and VENTURA FALCON (Richard Hannon). Both horses were well thought of this time last year and though neither of them reached the racecourse, I'll wager that they will make up for lost time, sooner rather than later. David Simcock's debutant BLYNX is another to consider, whilst it would be a little disappointing if all three failed to get the better of LOGARITHM who has flattered to deceive thus far.
Favourite factor: The four favourites (via three renewals) thus far have secured two gold and a pair of bronze medals alongside toteplacepot positions.
6.55: Five of the six winners have carried a minimum burden of 9-1 which offers us six options in this 'dead eight' field. Roger Varian has saddled five of his last nine runners to winning effect and now that KALAMATA has worked out how to win, a follow up to his Wolverhampton success is on the cards. WHITECLIFF PARK and SCHOOLBOY ERROR might give the Sir Percy raider most to do at the business end of proceedings.
Favourite factor: Favourites have won three of the six contests to date during which time, the biggest priced winner was returned at just 6/1. The three market leaders that failed to win their respective events also missed out on toteplacepot positions.
7.25: The 12 represented trainers 'boasted' an aggregate ratio of 3/37 during the last fortnight at the time of writing (before Tuesday's sport was contested), whereby confidence is anything but high in the 'lucky last'. By the time this race is concluded I will be well into my birthday celebrations, hoping that the likes of ISIS BLUE, MYSTICAL SPIRIT and CHARLIES MATE seal a Placepot dividend between them.
Favourite factor: One of the two 4/1 joint favourites claimed a Placepot position last year with winning the inaugural contest.
Kempton record of course winners in the toteplacepot finale:
3/10--Charlies Mate (C&D winner)
1/10--My Son Max
1/8--Iris Blue (C&D winner)
2/19--Embankment (Dual C&D winner)
All references to placed horses on these pages are based on an exact science regarding general place terms offered by bookmakers and totepool.com
Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Kempton card on Wednesday:
1--Dr Jon Scargill
73 declared runners