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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Purple looks set to reign at Kempton

Anita Chambers

PURPLE 'N GOLD has been in excellent heart on the all-weather lately and is expected to go well again in the BetVictor Non Runner Free Bet At Cheltenham Handicap at Kempton.

David Pipe claimed the four-year-old after he won at Kempton in November and he made a fair start for his new connections when third at the Sunbury venue last month.

He stepped up on that to win at this track nearly two weeks ago, seeing off Presburg by just over a length to post arguably his best effort to date.

Raised 5lb for that win, Purple 'N Gold will obviously have to improve again but as he appears to be a slightly quirky character, he might still have a bit left in the locker.

Hayley Turner is back in action after her winter break and she should steer Lastkingofscotland to victory in the BetVictor Exclusive Antepost Offer Cheltenham 2013 Handicap.

The seven-year-old has been in excellent form so far this winter, only finishing out to the first two once in his last nine starts.

He has paid for his consistency with a steady rise through the weights, but he is clearly thriving as he triumphed off an increased mark of 75 last time.

Put up a further 2lb for that victory, Lastkingofscotland was good enough to win off 77 a couple of years and could well do so again.

Sherinn opened her account with victory at Lingfield on New Year's Eve and she can follow up back at the Surrey venue.

Roger Varian's charge hails from a fine family but took a while to find her feet on the racecourse before eventually coming good at the fourth time of asking.

While her initial second at Newmarket last August was a decent effort, she looked very one-paced when a beaten short-priced favourite after that.

Sherinn then redeemed herself slightly with a second place at Wolverhampton on her penultimate outing, when the application of a hood seemed to bring about the necessary improvement.

That effort saw her go off an odds-on shot last time and the confidence was justified as she easily accounted for her only serious rival, winning by a comfortable two and a quarter lengths.

The handicapper has certainly not gone overboard on her achievements so far and actually dropped her 2lb for winning, so an initial mark of 72 looks highly workable in the Crowhurst Handicap.

Liberty Love was a bit unlucky when last seen but can make amends in the Follow Us On Twitter At LingfieldPark Handicap.

A slow start meant the eight-year-old had to come through the field at Wolverhampton and, had he enjoyed a clear run, he would no doubt have been closer to the length-and-a-quarter winner.

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