Rumble Of Thunder can storm to victory for trainer Philip Kirby at Market Rasen today.
The eight-year-old heads to the Lincolnshire venue for the 1st Security Solutions Handicap Hurdle on the back of a good victory at Musselburgh earlier this month, where he accounted for Sud Pacifique by two lengths.
Rumble Of Thunder should be able to cope with a 4lb rise for that triumph and is taken to go in again.
His case is also strengthened by the fact he has winning form in testing conditions.
Jonjo O’Neill’s runners are always worth a second look in Lincolnshire and Deadly Sting is an interesting proposition in the Watch Racing UK On Sky 432 Novices’ Hurdle.
The five-year-old held Bally Braes by a head as the pair drew 38 lengths clear of the opposition in a bumper at Aintree in October.
In what does not look an especially strong race, he should be of some interest here if able to translate that form across to the hurdling ranks.
My Tent Or Yours is the star attraction on Kempton’s ‘jumpers’ bumpers’ card as he warms up for a crack at the Stan James Champion Hurdle.
Nicky Henderson’s ace, who was last seen winning the Christmas Hurdle on this course, should not disappoint in the kempton.co.uk “jumpers’ bumper” National Hunt Flat Race.
He escapes any penalties for his Grade One-winning exploits over obstacles and Henderson’s decision to swerve gruelling slogs in some of the recognised trials for the two-mile crown looks to have worked out perfectly.
Notoriously the type to get very fresh at home, he ought to get the perfect workout around the Sunbury venue.
Stablemate Stand To Reason should also go well in division two of the Kempton Park Chase Day 22.02.14 “Jumpers’ Bumper” National Hunt Flat Race.
Although the six-year-old chestnut was never really a factor in a Grade Two at Haydock last time, he had looked pretty progressive over hurdles at Newbury and Wincanton in December.
Rated in the mid-90s in the Flat, he might be an ideal sort for races of this calibre.
Lots of attention on a cracking card at Navan will surround Dunguib in the Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle.
Once the darling of the Irish scene on the back of his never-to-be-forgotten Champion Bumper success, injury has plagued Philip Fenton’s star, robbing him of his best years and also a chance at trying fences.
But he did return from nearly three years off to run really well at Naas last month, and could well find this first try at two miles and five furlongs just what he wants these days. Testing ground should be no problem.
Three miles and heavy ground suits Foxrock down to the ground and he can continue on an upward curve in the Ten Up Novice Chase.
KEMPTON: 1.30 Swincombe Star, 2.00 Bennachie, 2.30 Ourmanmassini, 3.00 Halucha, 3.35 Silsol, 4.05 Stand To Reason, 4.40 My Tent Or Yours, 5.10 Divine Intervention.
MARKET RASEN: 1.50 Deadly Sting, 2.20 King Zeal, 2.50 RUMBLE OF THUNDER (NAP), 3.20 Certification, 3.55 Theatrebar, 4.30 Midnight Request, 5.00 Monbeg Theatre.
NAVAN: 1.40 Inis Meain, 2.10 Dunguib, 2.40 Daneking, 3.10 Bright New Dawn, 3.45 Foxrock, 4.20 Court Jester, 4.50 Lord Scoundrel.
DOUBLE: Rumble Of Thunder and Stand To Reason.