RAINBOW READY TO CLAIM ANOTHER POT OF GOLD
RAINBOW DREAMER has already booked his place in the £150,000 Marathon Final at Lingfield Park on Good Friday but can win his second Fast Track Qualifier of the season on Sunday.
Alan King’s gelding faces only three rivals in the 32Red Conditions Stakes (3.55) at Kempton Park - the scene of two of his three successes this winter.
The seven-year-old landed what looked on paper to be a tougher qualifier than this at Wolverhampton last month, stealing a march on 2018 Marathon champion Funny Kid after hot favourite Raymond Tusk capitulated on the turn for home.
With regular rider Hollie Doyle suspended, King has secured the services of champion jockey Oisin Murphy, who can be relied upon to have Rainbow Dreamer similarly well placed if this becomes tactical.
He has 5lb to find with the prolific King’s Advice on these terms, but has enough in his favour to suggest he can overcome the concession. Not only is he proven over course and distance, but King’s runner returns to the Polytrack surface in the form of his life.
King’s Advice has been a revelation since joining Mark Johnston from France last year, winning eight out of nine starts on turf and sand, and looks the likely pace-setter here.
After beginning his winning sequence off a mark of just 71, he came up short in the Northumberland Plate and the Ebor Handicap last season and looked in need of his seasonal re-appearance behind stable companion Mildenberger at Lingfield two weeks ago.
The son of Frankel is entitled to strip fitter this time but is yet to truly prove himself over 2m and might just struggle to shake off Rainbow Dreamer, who can be relied upon to find plenty in the finish.
French raider Chipiron is hard to assess. We do know that he is fully effective on sand, having won at Chantilly and Deauville, and has won over 1m7f in testing ground on turf so should have no trouble seeing out the trip.
Andrea Marcialis has booked Arc hero Pierre-Charles Boudot, who won on the gelding over the extended 12f at Deauville last month, but if the handicapper’s assessment of 97 is accurate, he must find significant improvement to claim the golden ticket.
Cliffs Of Dooneen won over 2m for Aidan O’Brien in 2018 but his performances over shorter trips at Lingfield for current trainer Ralph Beckett suggest he will struggle to make his presence felt. To put his chance into context, he has a whole stone to find with top rated King’s Advice.
ELSWORTH HAS HANDICAP PRIZE IN HIS GRASP
A course and distance winner for previous trainer Chris Wall, David Elsworth’s six-year-old looked a slightly unlucky loser over 1m4f at Lingfield last month but can gain compensation off just a 1lb higher mark.
He was ridden for a turn of foot that day and certainly went through the gears impressively, but just found himself with too much to do to peg back an in-form rival off a muddling pace.
A stronger tempo looks likely here and I’m backing him to have enough speed to repel key rivals like All Yours, who has enjoyed a profitable campaign but has to defy another 3lb rise back over a trip that might be short of his best at this level.
Sky Defender looks the one to tow them along. His form over 10f at Lingfield looks solid but whether Joe Fanning can shake off some proven, in-form stayers over this longer trip has to be a doubt.
3.25 KEMPTON PARK, SUNDAY
3.55 KEMPTON PARK, SUNDAY
RAINBOW DREAMER (Nap)