Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Wilderness in no lost cause at Kempton

Cheltenham Festival prospects may be uppermost in trainer Alan King’s mind at present but he can enjoy a rare Flat success at Kempton’s evening meeting.

The Barbury Castle handler is hardly renowned for his all-weather winners, but Emerald Wilderness put up a hugely promising performance on his first start for seven months when second at Lingfield last month.

Last seen when well out of the frame at Royal Ascot, the five-year-old raced without blinkers and just got going too late when going down by a head to reopposing rival Robby Bobby.

Emerald Wilderness was conceding 10lb that day and looked an unlucky loser as the pace did not really suit - he also did not enjoy a trouble-free passage.

The pair meet again here and, with Emerald Wilderness racing off slightly more favourable terms, he is taken to land the digibet.com Handicap.

Ageebah hit the bar last time but can go one place better in the digibet Handicap.

She put up a career-best effort when going down by three-quarters of a length to Fong’s Alibi after appearing to have done enough at Lingfield.

Clive Brittain sticks with the mile trip here and while her stamina is not beyond reproach, Ageebah is not without ability.

Right Option makes a swift reappearance under a penalty in Lingfield’s Bet UEFA Cup - Betdaq Handicap and the hint should be taken.

He had been racing without much success over hurdles earlier in the winter but there was no arguing with his comfortable nine-length victory over Kavaloti 10 days ago.

The handicapper is bound to hit him hard for that success but Right Option looks smart enough to shoulder the 6lb penalty and notch a double.

An in-form bunch go to post in the Bet Asian Handicaps - Betdaq Handicap and Mick Channon’s Raimond Ridge is another for the shortlist under a penalty.