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Commitment can pay off at Kempton


Trainer Roger Charlton
Trainer Roger Charlton

By Keith Hamer

Total Commitment is forgiven a lapse at Ascot last time and should relish the return to Kempton's all-weather surface for the Matchbook VIP Handicap at the Sunbury venue.

Roger Charlton's three-year-old was clearly expected to go close as he was sent off favourite, but he was well-beaten in the end to suggest he ran way below form.

It is possible it could have been the 'bounce factor' as the Exceed And Excel gelding had won less than two weeks earlier at Newmarket on his first run for 261 days.

Total Commitment has had enough time to get over those latest exertions and returns to a track where he opened his account in December.

Dubrava can follow up a course success eight weeks ago in the Matchbook Betting Podcast Fillies' Handicap.

The Roger Varian-trained filly got up close home over seven furlongs to land a first career win.

The step up to a mile looks sure to suit the daughter of Dansili.

By Rail shaped well when only beaten half a length by Topology on his first visit to Kempton three weeks ago.

Nick Littmoden's dual-purpose five-year-old can go one better in the Matchbook Handicap.

Young Fire is of obvious interest in the Legendary Western House Hogmanay Ball Handicap at Ayr.

Formerly trained in France by Freddy Head, the four-year-old was snapped up for 32,000 euros at the Arqana sale at Deauville in early July.

His first couple of runs for David O'Meara were fairly ordinary, but he made it third time lucky for his new connections with a narrow success at Haydock at the start of the month.

Young Fire might be able to follow up off a 3lb higher mark, with the testing conditions sure to suit.

Chaplin Bay can bounce back following a disappointing display on the all-weather at Newcastle by making a triumphant return to turf in division one of the Book Your Christmas Party At Ayr Racecourse Handicap.

AYR: 1.50 The Stalking Moon, 2.20 Yes You, 2.50 Manzo Duro, 3.20 Chaplin Bay, 3.50 The Big House, 4.20 Young Fire, 4.50 The Navigator, 5.20 Majeste.

CORK: 2.05 Gold Brocade, 2.35 Mister Trader, 3.05 Clockers Corner, 3.35 Up Helly Aa, 4.05 Insaan, 4.35 Ecoeye, 5.05 For Your Eyes, 5.35 Liars Corner.

KEMPTON: 5.10 Swell Song, 5.40 Mia Diva, 6.10 Queens Road, 6.40 Lyricist Voice, 7.10 Dubrava, 7.40 TOTAL COMMITMENT (NAP), 8.10 By Rail.

SEDGEFIELD: 2.00 California Soul, 2.30 Jatiluwih, 3.00 River Frost, 3.30 Prancing Oscar, 4.00 Ringaringarosie, 4.30 Simply Mani, 5.00 Enzillerya.

SOUTHWELL: 2.10 Centreofexcllence, 2.40 Manofthemountain, 3.10 Diomede Des Mottes, 3.40 Calvinist, 4.10 Statutario, 4.40 Ulysses.

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