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Harry Cobden’s Planet Sport Bet blog: Kalif Du Berlais probably our smartest juvenile

Planet Sport Bet ambassador Harry Cobden has a busy day in the saddle at Kempton on Saturday, February 24. Here he previews his seven chances.

13:15 (Kempton) Largy Poet

I’ve got some nice rides at Kempton on Saturday beginning with Largy Poet. He obviously won very well at Exeter last time and he got a mark of 127 for that.

He was impressive but I’m not sure he’s particularly well-handicapped, so will probably need to improve to win it – that’s not out of the question, though.


13:50 (Kempton) Kalif Du Berlais

I then ride Kalif Du Berlais in the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle. He’s always had a fairly lofty reputation and showed his ability when winning well at Kempton last time.

We think a lot of him and we’re hopeful he’ll take the beating here. He won’t have any issues with soft ground and I’d say he’s one of, if not our smartest juvenile hurdlers.
He’s a different horse to Burdett Road as he’s one for the future whereas Burdett Road is very pacey and is pretty much the finished article now.

Kalif Du Berlais will only improve and he’s one we’re very excited about.



14:27 (Kempton) Tahmuras

Next up is Tahmuras in the Pendil Novices’ Chase. He was a little disappointing the other day but in hindsight I probably didn’t give him the best of rides.

He’s come out of that race nicely and he schooled well during the week. He’s a horse I rate and I haven’t lost faith in.

15:00 (Kempton) Panjari

Panjari runs in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle – a race Paul [Nicholls] does well in.

He bolted up last time at Musselburgh showing he’s improving all the time. I was impressed with the way he galloped right to the line and he’s entitled to have a go up in Grade.

15:37 (Kempton) Il Ridoto

The Coral Trophy is always very competitive and I ride Il Ridoto. He’s obviously got to stay three miles but I’d be hopeful he will.

I was looking back through his form and it’s pretty much all left-handed but he’s very straightforward so I’m not too worried.

It doesn’t look the strongest renewal of the race and I’m not going into it fearful of one horse. If he does stay, he’s got to have a big chance.

16:10 (Kempton) Golden Son

Golden Son is proving a bit frustrating. He’s got lots of ability and he just isn’t showing it on the track.

His last two runs have been disappointing but his homework has been good and I wouldn’t rule out a much better showing here.

Paul has reached for the cheekpieces which might just sharpen him up a bit as there’s a hint he hasn’t quite been giving his full effort.

16:45 (Kempton) Roman Roy

I love Roman Roy and he’s one of our better bumper horses.

He ran slightly green last time but was doing his best work at the end and should come on stacks for that.

He’ll be a proper novice hurdler next season, but we think he can be productive in bumpers first and he should go well in this.


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