Bellosa can take a hand in Kempton feature
With inspections casting a doubt over a couple of jumping cards today, it’s a play safe day with Kempton on the menu. Fingers crossed Hexham gets the go ahead, as that’s my favourite jumping track by miles.
A pretty hot 0-105 awaits on Wednesday night as we stick with Kempton, and with two 100+ rated runners in the line-up it’s a bit of quality for the fixture. Although the early part is chocked full of novice races.
Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Bellosa looks a big player if she can recapture her form with a two-out-of-two start to her career, but she was last seen finishing down the field in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, so it’s a bit of a punt in terms of fitness.
However, she was most impressive on her debut at Newmarket in April – clocking a good time in the process with a 7L demolition job. She then backed that up with a 2L success in the Listed King Charles race at Newmarket the following month. She made the running in that and beat a 100-horse of John Gosden’s by 2L.
Her run at Ascot was very disappointing, but it can be attributed to the ground that was very testing, and with a rating of 101, she’s a fascinating contender on her handicap debut.
She is drawn well for a front-runner and 7f looks the ideal trip. In terms of looking at her sectionals, she tends to do most of her racing in the early furlongs, so I don’t see her being held-up.
Balding’s unexposed La Hulotte can keep improving
Andrew Balding’s La Hulotte has found her feet on the all-weather with two much-improved efforts at Kempton and I rate her the danger to Oz Legend who is the market leader.
She won a 0-70 course and distance effort last month from a mark of 63, but she travelled so well through the race that she looked a well treated filly. The pace wasn’t quick there but she was in a good position to attack with a good turn of foot. The sectionals backed that up as she got quicker as the contest ended with the final 3f recorded were 11.70, 11.59 and 11.49.
Her latest start was in a better race over 1m4f but they crawled in that and while she was lobbing along going well with 3f to go, it turned into a complete sprint. She has got a turn of pace but it wasn’t instant. It was still a fine run and she was only beaten a whisker in third, and she’ll have no trouble going back in distance.
Two of her best runs have been at Kempton and she is unexposed with a Group 1 winner in her pedigree. There’s still plenty more to come from her.