Kaboo can collect at Kempton

Kaboo can secure his place on All-Weather Finals Day in the spring by lifting the Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Conditions Stakes at Kempton.

This fast-track qualifier for the three-year-old division looks an ideal opportunity for Karl Burke's charge to bring up his hat-trick, having ended 2021 with victories at Wolverhampton and Newcastle.

Connections certainly thought a fair bit of the More Than Ready colt as they thought him worthy of starting his career in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, where he developed into quite the gamble but had to been content with sixth place, beaten just over three lengths by Chipotle.

Out of luck in Listed and Group Three company subsequently, Burke opted to give him a bit of time and that patience paid dividends as he dropped in class to win a Wolverhampton novice in September before defying a penalty to land another event at Newcastle before Christmas.

This is obviously a step up in not only class but also trip as Kaboo jumps from five to six furlongs, but his style of racing suggests that should not be an issue and he is still seemingly on the upgrade.

Whittle Le Woods has made a fine start for Mick Appleby and can keep up the good work in the Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Handicap.

Previously trained by Michael Dods, the four-year-old had really sparkled as a juvenile, winning two of his three all-weather starts to start 2021 with a mark of 80.

However, he did not really kick on from that, running well in placing in all but one of his five starts, with his admirable consistency ensuring his mark did not drop too far.

Bought by The Horse Watchers for 20,000 guineas at Tattersalls Autumn Sale in October, Whittle Le Woods offered an immediate return when beaten just a neck on his debut for new connections at Newcastle on January 4.

Turning out nine days later, he came home a convincing length winner at Chelmsford, showing both improvement and a tough attitude in the finish.

Put up 3lb for that success, he is now back on a rating of 80, but with his confidence riding high, he could now post a career best.

Copinet enjoyed little luck in running last time, but compensation awaits in Southwell's Betway Handicap.

Bought for just 8,000 guineas at the end of November by Jane Chapple-Hyam, who was already training her, Copinet had to settle for sixth at the first try for her new owners, but swiftly came good when lifting a fair event at Chelmsford at the beginning of December.

Well fancied at Chelmsford last time despite racing off a 7lb higher mark, Copinet just could not find a clear route when lining up her challenge and had to be content with fourth place, beaten just over three lengths.

She might not have matched the winner that day, but she could have place higher and is open to further improvement on just her 11th outing.

Chapple-Hyam should also be on the mark with Chorus Song in the Play Coral Racing-Super-Series For Free Fillies' Novice Stakes at Wolverhampton.

Related to a couple of 12-furlong winners, Chorus Song was not disgraced when against two more experienced rivals on her career debut at this track over an extended mile.

Moving up in distance looks sure to suit and she can get a valuable win on the board.

SELECTIONS:

KEMPTON: 1.15 Silks Dream, 1.45 Sir Gregory, 2.15 Al Suil Eile, 2.45 Whittle Le Woods, 3.15 KABOO (NAP), 3.45 Shadow Angel, 4.20 Blazer Two.

SOUTHWELL: 1.00 Swiss Connection, 1.30 Highest Ambition, 2.00 Copinet, 2.30 Allowed, 3.00 Muhalhel, 3.30 Crazy Spin, 4.00 North Lincoln.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.30 Essgee Nics, 5.00 Storm Asset, 5.30 Major Gatsby, 6.00 Essencial, 6.30 Chorus Song, 7.00 Midgetonamission, 7.30 Santa Florentina, 8.00 County Wicklow.

DOUBLE: Kaboo and Copinet.


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