Royalraise hasn't raced for almost 500 days, but on his return to action he makes The Shortlist today in a three-mile handicap hurdle, so looks to have conditions well and truly in his favour for his first run since July 2016.
He has four sections of green for a good score of 12, with only the course section not scoring him any points having not raced here at Kempton previously.
Prior to his absence, Royalraise was running consistently well (apart from his last race where he was pulled up) and looked to be improving nicely. These were over the larger obstacles but his last race over hurdles was in a better race than this at Fontwell in which he finished second, and he races from a five pounds lower mark in this.
When looking at the Trainer Snippets on the racecard, we can see that Oliver Sherwood has had a few winners recently, and has a useful record here at Kempton. Over the past year, he's had two winners (25%) from eight runners, for a level stakes profit 4.75 and an Impact Value of 2.53.
It is also worth noting that Sherwood has a good record with his runners that are returning from a break of over 60 days, which is applicable for Royalraise.
The Instant Expert report highlights how well suited to today's conditions Royalraise is, with four sections of green and one of grey. He is also five pounds lower than for his last victory, so if he is fully fit, he could be a player in this at a big price.
There are not too many other sections of green in this report, meaning that his rivals make not be that happy in conditions here.
The Pace report shows that early leaders here over this distance have the best record, with 18.75% of them going on to win the race, for a level stakes profit of 9.73.
Volcanic and Teak have the highest pace scores, however, there doesn't appear to be any out and out front-runners in the field.
Royalraise is usually quite prominent but it will be interesting to see how they go with him after such a long break.
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