Racing: Wednesday preview

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Fit The Bill should feel the benefit of a return to the all-weather as he tackles the Handicap at Kempton.

James Tate’s charge has won two of his seven starts to date and with those victories coming on the Polytrack at Lingfield and Wolverhampton’s Tapeta, the three-year-old is evidently at home on an artificial surface.

The son of Iffraaj made his debut in hot maiden last year, trailing home well behind the likes of Elite Gardens and Aktabantay, and two further juvenile outings yielded little joy.

However, he seems to have found his stride this spring, stepping up from an initial second on his handicap bow at Kempton in April to win at Dunstall Park before following up at Lingfield off a 6lb higher mark.

Hiked a further 8lb after that success, Fit The Bill was hardly disgraced in finishing second at Windsor off his revised rating and while the handicapper has eked him up another 1lb for that run, he should still be competitive.

Run With Pride is worth another chance in the Handicap after failing to cut much ice in a hot handicap at Newmarket last time out.

The five-year-old finished well down the field for Derek Shaw at Headquarters earlier this month having previously turned in a couple of decent efforts at Chelmsford.

He has been slowly away on a few occasions but if he get off on terms, this well-bred son of Invincible Spirit should be more than capable.

Rock Follies can finally strike gold in the 100% RacingUK Profits Returned To Racing Maiden Auction Stakes at Thirsk.

The Rock Of Gibraltar filly has been placed on each of her five outings for Lady Cecil but looks sure to get her head in front sooner rather than later.

* Selections -

Kempton: 6.40 Swordbearer, 7.10 Tuco, 7.40 Great Fun, 8.10 FIT THE BILL (NAP), 8.40 Run With Pride, 9.10 Frederic Chopin.

Thirsk: 2.00 Rock Follies, 2.30 Ms Eboracum, 3.00 Spirit Of Sound, 3.30 Felice, 4.05 Finn Class, 4.40 Clampdown, 5.15 Grey Destiny, 5.45 Indastar.

Cartmel: 2.20 Omid, 2.50 Miss Chatterbox, 3.20 Positive Vibes, 3.50 Rathlin Rose, 4.25 Abbeyview, 5.00 Hi Dancer, 5.35 Pret A Thou.

Hamilton: 2.10 Star Focus, 2.40 Rock Canyon, 3.10 Saxonette, 3.40 Rural Affair, 4.15 Salma Gondis, 4.50 Latin Rebel, 5.25 Secret Lightning.

Newton Abbot: 6.00 Towering, 6.30 He’s A Bully, 7.00 Proofreader, 7.30 Raven’s Tower, 8.00 Young Cheddar, 8.30 All But Grey, 9.00 Cruise In Style.

Double: Fit The Bill and Run With Pride.