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hawkesbury is set for kempton swoop

HAWKESBURY can book his ticket for All-Weather Championships Finals Day by claiming the 32RedSport.com Conditions Stakes at Kempton.

The six-furlong is the latest fast-track qualifier for the Good Friday fixture and Charlie Appleby's Hawkesbury is a clear pick on official figures.

The Shamardal colt, who is out of Group One winner Nahoodh, boasts a rating of 104 which puts him 9lb ahead of his nearest rival and as the conditions of the race see all four run off level weights, Hawkesbury's rivals have a lot to find.

Appleby's runner chased home the classy Limato on his racecourse debut last June before scoring next time out at Doncaster, where he hammered subsequent Listed winner Russian Punch by seven lengths.

He had his excuses when beaten by Belardo next time out as he was lame the next day, but his attitude appeared to be the issue when beaten at Newmarket on his final start in October.

BOSSTIME can make it four wins on the bounce in the 32Red.com Handicap, despite lining up on his highest ever mark of 69.

John Holt seems to have found the key to the five-year-old after he failed to sparkle in his first four starts after transferring from the care of Michael Halford during the summer. First-time blinkers worked the oracle as he opened his account over a mile at Kempton in December before he shrugged off a 4lb rise to make it a course-and-distance double.

Sent to Lingfield on New Year's Eve, Bosstime made light of a 7lb hike to hit the target again, although he had to share the glory with Franco's Secret in what was a blanket finish to a competitive little event.

Bosstime's upward curve certainly does not seem to have flattened off yet and while he will be saddled with an extra 2lb, he appeals as the type with a touch more still in the locker.

LA ESTRELLA can match Stand Guard's record by notching a 26th all-weather success in the 32Red On The App Store Claiming Stakes at Lingfield.

The 12-year-old is notoriously fragile and it is to Don Cantillon's credit that he has nursed him back time and again to be on the verge of equalling an already notable landmark.

On his first outing since January, La Estrella dug deep to strike over 12 furlongs at Wolverhampton, despite the trip being a touch too sharp for the admirable veteran.

Switched back up to just short of two miles, punters would have to be very brave to oppose a horse who has been beaten just eight times in 26 starts since 2011.

tomorrows' selections

KEMPTON: 4.35 See No Ships, 5.10 Bosstime, 5.40 Novel Dancer, 6.10 Clement, 6.40 HAWKESBURY (NAP), 7.10 Stage Girl.

LINGFIELD: 12.50 La Estrella, 1.20 Paris Carver, 1.55 Sample, 2.25 Nancy Astor, 3.00 Amadeity, 3.35 Pour La Victoire, 4.10 Spowarticus.

NEWBURY: 1.10 Shimba Hills, 1.45 Fayette County, 2.15 Novirak, 2.50 Bob Tucker, 3.25 Carnival Flag, 4.00 O O Seven.

NEWCASTLE: 1.00 Mahler And Me, 1.35 Uno Valoroso, 2.05 Little Glenshee, 2.40 Discoverie, 3.15 Green Flag, 3.50 Mardale.

DOUBLE: Hawkesbury and Fayette County.


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