Betfair: Paul Nicholls previews his weekend runners, including a returning Kempton hero

Betfair: Paul Nicholls previews his weekend runners, including a returning Kempton hero

Betfair ambassador and champion trainer Paul Nicholls has given his previews for his runners for this weekend's racing action at Kempton.

Saturday's racing event at Kempton Park Racecourse will see Coral Trophy Day take place.

The racing will run from 13.50pm to 17.20pm.

Here's a full preview of Nicholl's tips for the weekend.

13.50 - Rare Middleton

"A useful handicapper on the Flat in Ireland, he made a pleasing hurdles debut for us with a tidy victory at Taunton in January. That wasn't the strongest of maiden races but he has come on nicely at home and this has always been his target.

I'm hopeful that Rare Middleton can now raise his game on good ground that will suit him at Kempton. This race will tell us whether he goes for the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham or waits for Aintree."

14.25 - Solo

"He has run really well on all three starts over fences this season and worked nicely at home on Friday morning. The form of his second to Balco Coastal at this track on Boxing Day is strong, he was giving 8lbs to the winner and Solo has since had a little op to cauterise his palate.

"Track, trip and ground are ideal for our horse who won the Adonis Hurdle in eye-catching fashion on this card three years ago. We have a great record in the Pendil, having won it in six of the last 10 years and Solo has decent claims of adding his name to the roll of honour."

15.00 - Frodon

"He is back for more at the track where he famously won the King George VI in 2020 and finished third in it last Boxing Day.

"While he is still a few pounds too high in the handicap, and has to carry top weight, you know he will always go out and perform for you and he is bound to be competitive. Frodon also loves the track."

15.00 - Saint Calvados

"With his owner David Maxwell on the injured list, Harry Cobden gets to ride Saint Calvados for the first time since their decisive victory in the Oaksey Chase over two miles, six-and-a-half furlongs at Sandown last April.

"I thought he ran all right last time at Kempton on very soft going that he hated when fourth behind Pic D'Orhy.It's the first start for Saint Calvados in a handicap for a while and I've taken off the tongue strap he was wearing recently. He must have a big chance over three miles on the better ground that he needs these days."

15.00 - Enrilo

"With Freddie Gingell out of action with a broken collar bone, Angus Cheleda will be claiming a handy 5lbs on Enrilo who has a lovely light racing weight.

"He does, though, have something to prove now after an underwhelming season. He was fourth in this race last year and didn't go a yard on the deep ground on his most recent start at this track in January."

15.40 - Rubaud

"He has taken to hurdles so well that I fancied him in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury but he ruined his chance by pulling like a train in the first half of the race. Harry [Cobden] didn't give him a hard time once it was clear he was beaten.

"I'm putting on a hood to help Rubaud relax better and he should be much happier back in novice company, in a smaller field of runners around a track where he ran well at Christmas."

16.10 Halo Des Obeaux

"He is back over hurdles as a confidence booster after he and Bryony Frost took a heavy fall at the third fence at Musselburgh in February. He needs more experience over hurdles before we look at going chasing with him again next season."

16.10 - Ivaldi

"I could do with running Ivaldi once a week because he is far too keen and that's why he fell at the second flight at Kempton on Boxing Day. He was, again, way too free from the start seven days ago at Ascot where he still kept on nicely to finish fourth. He needs some racing to learn to get his head down, relax and settle better."

17.20 - Emailandy

"He is a big, backward type that has taken a long time to come to hand. He is ready to make his debut now but whatever he does at Kempton he is sure to improve plenty for the experience.Paul's Best Chance on Saturday - Saint Calvados each-way, 15.00 Kempton:

"He's a class act on his day and has a big chance back in handicap company."