Leading Light was disappointing and apparently was as far back as 7th because of interference at a crucial stage. I think Forgotten Rules just proved how masterful a trainer Mr. Weld really is. Two runs in different spheres and he lands a Group 2 on just his third start against some top opposition. Zinnobar finished in 3rd, 1l off the eventual winning favourite Star Anise and was probably beaten by the best horse on the day.
Moving on to Sunday where the action is slightly less competitive than Saturday’s Champion Day, I have hopefully found a winner in Kempton. Parlour Games for John Ferguson and Barry Geraghty run in the listed novices hurdle at 3.20. He has won 2 of his 4 starts and returns to a far less competitive event than when he contested the Galway Hurdle last time. Trip and ground is perfect and although he may lack experience in contrast to his 5 rivals this track should also play to his strengths. John Ferguson is in good form at present and the horse is still 9/4 when writing in a couple of places and 15/8 with Paddy Power.
Blacklough runs 40 minutes later in the 4.00 at Cork and I think he is overpriced at 4/1. He was impressive when landing chase debut and ran no race having fallen at the first last time. That run was in a higher grade and he was due to run the other day but was taken out for one reason or another. He now reappears against reasonable opposition over 2m4f and if he is to be competitive at the top level he will have to be winning this today. Barry Geraghty rode the last few times and Davy Russell takes over as Barry is in Kempton. I would think Davy will suit the horse and is a positive booking. This is his ground and although I have a slight doubt about the trip he has won over it previously over hurdles.
Bets: 1pt win on each