Nicky Henderson is top trainer at Kempton Park over the past 5 seasons with a strike rate of almost one in three and he sends a strong team to the Middlesex track on Monday.
Polly Peachum is the pick of them, being a rated 152 she has 20lb in hand of her nearest rival and barring a serious off day she is likely to bolster that strike rate further.
At the backend of last season she was in peak form finishing a head second in the Mares race at the festival behind the ultra tough Glenns Melody before an authorative performance in a listed hurdle at Sandown Park.
She is a mare that goes well fresh and at 7yo she is likely to still be progressing, however the one note of caution is that she was 8/11 fav in the race last year and looked one paced and held back in third place when she fell at the last.
That said the ground was very soft last year and if she handles the ground this looks like an ideal opportunity to add some more black type.
Lettheriverrundry ridden by Barry Geraghty
Opening the card for the Seven barrows team is Brain Power who was an impressive winner of his bumper last season before finishing back in the field when as short as 6/1 for the Aintree bumper, he will more than likely start favourite, but there is a nice horse of Brendan Powell's in this called Lettheriverrundry.
Owned by JP Mcmanus he will have the services of retained rider Barry Geraghty. He is a big chasing type of horse that will improve with every run and surely anything he does over hurdles is a bonus.
Last time out at Kempton he was a well backed joint favourite and came there at the last to win his race before making a complete horlicks of the flight, handing the initative to Imperial Presence before staying on and reducing the margin all the way to the line.
Its interesting he has been pitched in here against some equally promising types and he is one to watch with the future in mind.
Qewy and AP McCoy at Newbury
Vanituex makes his debut over fences in the novice chase on the card. He was highly tried over hurdles and was the stable representative in the Champion Hurdle last season. A bit out of his depth he ran well before ultimately trailing in at the rear of the field. This was on the back of a gutsy second to Garde Le Victoire off a big weight in the Greatwood Hurdle and a clash with Rock on Ruby at Cheltenham on New years Day. He will hold every chance in this but is up against an intruiging rival in QEWY.
Aidan Coleman now has the reins on this 142 rated hurdler who ran some solid races in defeat at Cheltenham and Aintree last season before an encouraging first effort over fences at Cheltenham's Open meeting. Settled at the rear of the three runner field he warmed to his task well to mount a strong challenge going to the last before lack of fitness told. With that run under his belt there is every chance that Kempton's flat speed bias track will play to his strengths, even more so as he was rated 107 on the flat in Ireland.
The last one of interest on the card for me is Presenting Lisa who won her first start in a handicap at Market Rasen this season. Making all that day she did it well keeping on from the front and Kempton is a track that suits horses that race prominently.
The Alan King yard are in good form with a big win at the Paddy Power meeting followed by an impressive handicap performance by Winner Massagot at Ascot this week, she looks to hold a solid chance in the mares handicap hurdle considering she is open to improvement.