There's a cracking jumps card at Kempton this afternoon with classy hurdler My Tent Or Yours amongst the entries.
Nicky Henderson's charge hasn't won for more than two years and this is his first run back since finishing third at Punchestown in April, but he's gone well fresh in the past and today's Listed contest over 2m (due off 4.10pm) looks a good opportunity for him to get his head back in front. He's odds-on to do so, however, and there are better value bets elsewhere on the card.
The 2m2f handicap chase (due off 2.30pm UK) looks far more competitive with bookmakers going xxx the field and it houses today's bet in the shape of the Paul Webber-trained LEMON'S GENT, a 11.00 (10/1) shot with bet365 . That is a price worth taking as the nine-year-old has plenty going for him (read on) and is up against ten rivals, several of whom can be opposed for various reasons.
The exception looks to be classy 2m chaser Next Sensation (bet365 's 3/1 favourite), who was taking advantage of a slipped handicap mark when returning to winning ways at Newton Abbot last month. He's still feasibly weighted on a 5lb mark and should make a bold bid, but the concession of 21lb to the selection may prove beyond him.
Paul Webber's chaser carries bottom weight of 10st 4lb here and has the services of Gavin Sheehan, who won on his only previous ride for the stable. His mount was an impressive scorer at Market Rasen when last seen out in April, jumping brilliantly on that occasion. He remains lightly-raced for a nine-year-old and should be able to cope with a 10lb rise, with no worries over his absence either as he's gone well fresh in the past. Today's fast ground and right-handed track are just what he needs and this valuable prize may well have been his target for some time.
Webber also runs Tindaro and, while he's respected, a 9lb rise for winning at Stratford last time looks harsh. Of the rest, Noche De Reyes is more of a Ludlow specialist, while the returning Whispering Harry usually needs a run to put him right after a summer break.
Kempton race 2, Lemon's Gent each-way @ 11.00 (10/1) with bet365