Right on Kew for O’Brien

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Kew Gar­dens can pro­vide Ai­dan O’Brien with a first ever vic­tory in the bet365 Feilden Stakes at New­mar­ket.

With the Grand Na­tional meet­ing at Ain­tree now out of the way, Flat rac­ing can again take cen­tre stage and this Listed con­test is the main at­trac­tion on the open­ing af­ter­noon of the Craven meet­ing at Head­quar­ters.

Kew Gar­dens was not far off be­ing top-class as a ju­ve­nile last sea­son, run­ning with credit be­hind es­teemed sta­ble com­pan­ions Nel­son and Saxon War­rior on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions.

The Galileo colt en­joyed his day in the sun when win­ning the Zet­land Stakes at this track in Oc­to­ber and while O’Brien’s run­ners in­vari­ably im­prove for their first out­ing of the cam­paign, Kew Gar­dens would surely not be mak­ing the trip across the Ir­ish Sea un­less he was ready enough to do him­self jus­tice.

Purser is very dif­fi­cult to op­pose in the Bri­tish EBF bet365 Con­di­tions Stakes.

John Gos­den’s charge was favourite for the Au­tumn Stakes in Oc­to­ber, fol­low­ing a de­mo­li­tion job at Ling­field on his pre­vi­ous start, and while he came up short, he was far from dis­graced in fin­ish­ing third.

He blew the cob­webs away with a de­cent ef­fort be­hind Ken­tucky Derby con­tender Gronkowski on the all­weather at New­cas­tle on Good Fri­day and al­though he must con­cede weight all round for his lat­est as­sign­ment, he should be up to the task.

His­tory Writer is of in­ter­est in the sec­ond divi­sion in the Alex Scott Maiden Stakes.

The son of Can­ford Cliffs shaped with im­mense prom­ise on his race­course in­tro­duc­tion at Sandown last Septem­ber, far­ing the best of the new­com­ers in fin­ish­ing third.

The form was sub­se­quently boosted by the fourth, Emaraaty, who won next time be­fore go­ing on to con­test the De­whurst.

His­tory Writer has not been seen since that ini­tial ef­fort and clearly his fit­ness has to be taken on trust.

How­ever, his 2000 Guineas en­gage­ment sug­gests he is held in high re­gard and he will have to be win­ning this, and win­ning well, if he is go­ing to be a re­al­is­tic con­tender for the sea­son’s open­ing Clas­sic early next month.

Veteran sprinter Move In Time gets the nod in the con­clud­ing Quy Mill Ho­tel & Spa Hand­i­cap.

It is over three years since the 10-year-old claimed Group One glory in the Prix de l’Ab­baye and he is clearly not the force of old.

That said, his mark has fallen ac­cord­ingly and his close-up third on his first start of 2018 at New­cas­tle last month sug­gested he is not done with just yet.

That was just his sec­ond start since join­ing Paul Mid­g­ley from Bryan Smart’s yard and it could be that the change of scenery has given him a new lease of life.

Achill Road Boy won nicely at Carlisle less than three weeks ago and can strike again over the same course and dis­tance in the 188Bet Hand­i­cap Chase.

Jump­ing fare also comes from Ex­eter, where Wizards Bridge is fan­cied to com­plete his hat-trick for Colin Tiz­zard in the Pry­dis Hand­i­cap Chase.

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