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That’s certainly the case for TRUCKERS LODGE in today’s big betting race of the day, the Coral Welsh National on ITV.
The three-mile-six marathon is sure to spark tremendous reaction from the back-again Chepstow fans… and hopefully a Truckers revival!
I think this is a wide open renewal, and Truckers Lodge looks a big price at around 16-1 and he goes for the champion trainer Paul Nicholls and Freddie Gingell who takes off a valuable 7lb.
Truckers Lodge has run huge in this race before and was a fine third off a mark of 150 12 months ago.
He’s also only 2lb higher than when second in 2019.
Thanks to Gingell’s 7lb he is effectively off 134 and has every chance to bounce back to form.
Obvious dangers include Quick Wave who is fascinating for Venetia Williams and the in-form The Big Dog, who goes for Aidan Coleman and Irish trainer Peter Fahey.
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The Galloping Bear would be a fairytale winner for Ben Jones.
I’m not at Kempton for ITV but am heading over to Ireland for the channel to cover the big Leopardstown action tomorrow and Thursday from across the Irish Sea.
I can’t wait, as it will be like the old days when I used to cover the top Irish meetings for Attheraces.
Strangely enough it feels like I am more popular in Ireland than in the UK at times so, as they say over there, I’m looking forward to the craic!
That said, I’ll miss good old Kempton.
It was top-class stuff yesterday and there are some cracking heats this afternoon, including the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase over two miles.
Edwardstone is super talented for Alan King and will be hard to beat under excellent ‘top cat’ Tom Cannon.
However NUBE NEGRA could get an easy lead on the front end and it’s not impossible he might be hard to peg back for jockey Harry and trainer Dan Skelton.
At the age of eight there’s still a chance he might have more to come and he looked in great shape when winning at Cheltenham first time out this season.
One horse I’m definitely going to have a few quid each-way on at Kempton is KITTY’S LIGHT in the handicap chase over three miles.
He has a liking for this track and is edging down the handicap for Christian Williams who could be about to hit form again after a quiet few weeks and has Robbie Dunne on top.
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A mark of 137 is very workable and while he’s been hopeless so far this season Williams’ yard was out of sorts.
There was just a glimmer of life for connections at Newbury last time. I fancy him to run a big one.
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