Rio Ronaldo (6.15 Windsor) has form figures at this track of 51119, the latest one being last August when he was the favourite but started extremely slowly.
This sprinter’s reappearance at Leicester two-and-a-half weeks ago was over 7f, a distance he had never encountered before and, a 12-1 shot then, he never threatened. Back at his old haunt and partnered by Jamie Spencer – who has won on him before – a trademark late flourish looks likely now he has dropped below his last winning handicap mark.
Oxfordshire trainer Peter Hiatt sends Red Tea (2.30 Pontefract) north and has secured a decent draw to go with the booking of Paul Hanagan. The filly will be sharper for her first run of the season (unplaced at Wolverhampton three weeks ago).
Nigel Twiston-Davies’s staying chasers were in sparkling form in the Scottish National on Saturday – Cogry and Benbens finishing second and third, at 18-1 and 50-1 respectively. The stable’s Big Casino (3.55 Warwick) is today the senior member of the four-runner field in a 3m 5f contest, and the 6-1 outsider at morning prices.
The 11-year-old is 4lb below the mark of his last win, over an extended 2m 6f on good ground at Stratford in October. The form since then certainly does not make encouraging reading, but his three rivals hardly look good things and Big Casino is worth chancing at the odds to show rejuvenation for Sam Twiston-Davies.
Kempton: 2.10Corinthia Knight, 2.40 Robin’s Purse, 3.15Metronomic,
3.45Luduamf, 4.20Thafeera, 4.50Captain Peacock, 5.20Next Trains Gone, 5.50Halling’s Wish
Lingfield: 5.05Rattle On, 5.35Napping, 6.05Hot Stuff, 6.35Shargiah, 7.05La Vie En Rose, 7.45Star Of Lombardy
Pontefract: 2.00Queen’s Sargent,2.30Red Tea, 3.05 Edward Lewis, 3.35Riptide, 4.10Star Catch, 4.40Henley, 5.10Sakurajima, 5.40Miss Bates
Warwick: 1.50Abbotswood, 2.20Atlantic Storm, 2.50Another Frontier, 3.25Contre Tous, 3.55 Big Casino (nap), 4.30 Equus Amadeus, 5.00Saturdaynightfever, 5.30Bear’s Affair
Windsor: 4.45Daddies Girl, 5.15Stepper Point, 5.45Next Challenge, 6.15 Rio Ronaldo (nb), 6.45Mr Khalid, 7.15Desert Cross, 7.45Quite A Story