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Wednesday horse racing tips: Paxos can prove different gravy

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Tue 4 May 2021

Our website tipster Dave Nevison believes one contender has plenty to recommend them at Kempton while a rookie trainer can enhance their reputation on the same card. Enjoy 15 races from Kelso and Gowran as well as the evening all-weather action live on Racing TV.

4.45 Chester: Rathbone

I have long held the view that this horse is capable of landing a bigger handicap than this, but so far that hasn’t worked out. However, there are enough positive indicators to suggest this competitive event might just get him back on track.

He ran well enough last time to be fourth in a similar event at Thirsk, looking as though a return to a sharp seven furlongs may suit. He has Kevin Stott back on board for the first time in a long time - which could well be a positive - and his trainer Kevin Ryan remains in very good form.

Rathbone has a good enough draw in stall five and is pacey enough to hold his position around the bends. Hopefully he can stretch out in the straight and land an overdue victory.

6.40 Kempton: Paxos

Whether you associate this horse with a trip to the Greek islands - or a roast chicken! - hopefully he can make you smile by following up last month’s Chelmsford win.

He is the lightly-raced and potential improver in this field of exposed types, but he might have been assessed fairly generously for that win. He was well-backed having gone into several notebooks on his previous run, and was prominent throughout to win very comfortably from an in-form rival. The fourth has won since, too, so that has a solid look and this very slight rise in grade should not stop him - especially if he gets a good lead as expected from the claimer-ridden Brunel Charm.

7.40 Kempton: Trinity Girl

In my view, Jessica Macey is making a strong impression - particularly with regard to her ability to place seemingly modest and exposed handicappers to good effect. The trainer is also utilising the claim of Oliver Stammers as well, and it looks significant that the young apprentice is booked to ride this former Mark Johnston-trained mare here.

Trinity Girl didn’t seem to enjoy the Fibresand last time – her second try on the surface - but she has generally been pretty consistent and has run well on pretty much every all-weather track. Two miles may prove to be her ideal distance, and with Stammers’ 5lb claim she is handicapped to win a race here.

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