The Monday jumps card at Kempton gives way to all-weather action this afternoon and Colour Catcher (2.10) is taken to improve on his debut when green but running on strongly into third place in a decent little race.
The colt is not much to look at, to put it mildly, but he should have learnt plenty from his first start and is entitled to come on for the experience. Newcomers Rasha (cost £65,000 as a yearling) and the well-bred Merdon Castle are worth more than a passing glance on debut in what promises to be an informative maiden.
Despot (2.40) is hard to look beyond in the BetVictor.com Handicap given he looks sure to be raised by more than the 6lb penalty he carries for a fluent win over C&D last week under Ryan Moore.
The selection was backed as if defeat was out of the question on his all-weather handicap debut and should follow up.
The obvious danger is Si Senor only 4lbs higher for winning over a mile here on his last start and another open to further improvement.
I am convinced that The Happy Hammer (3.10) remains well treated but confidence is tempered by his poor draw in stall nine (of nine) in the 7f handicap although the booking of talented 3lb claimer Oisin Murphy is certainly a positive.
Lightly raced Mac’s Superstar is one to keep on side this term for James Fanshawe but The Happy Hammer gets the each way vote in another fascinating race.
The feature event is the Download the BetVictor App handicap over 11f and it promises to be a most informative contest with a number of unexposed 3-year-olds in opposition many making their seasonal reappearances stepping up in trip.
Wonder Weapon finished runner up over C&D last time and must go close but Warrior Of Light (3.40) still holds an entry in next weeks’ Dante as well as the Derby for David Lanigan and gets the vote.
The step up to a mile will suit Wojha (4.10) who finished fourth at Newbury on debut over 7f, is well drawn in stall four and must go close although the beautifully bred Stoute newcomer Provenance is worth a second glance in the betting although she does have a poor draw in stall 12.