Horse Racing: Tullius seeks win at Kempton

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Tullius made an incredibly late start to the season but he can make up for lost time in the Listed Winners Are Welcome At Betdaq EBF Stallions Hyde Stakes at Kempton.

The five-year-old enjoyed a fantastic campaign in 2012, winning four times including the Group Three Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury.

However, he was off the track for well over a year following that victory, returning to action at a similar level at Newmarket in October.

Tullius cut little ice that day in finishing 10th but despite having run well when fresh in the past, he appeared in need of that outing on that occasion.

That impression was confirmed when he switched back to Listed company for a final turf effort back at Headquarters earlier this month, claiming a creditable third that could easily have been a second place in a couple of extra strides.

Tullius had clearly improved for the run and given he already has a couple of Polytrack wins in the bag from his early days, the surface will hold few surprises for what is a classy runner.

Blessington should be given another chance to shine in the Compare Bookmakers At Handicap at Lingfield despite a recent reverse.

The three-year-old was a winner as a juvenile but was then off the track until last month when he made an eyecatching return at Ascot.

He finished just over two lengths behind a pretty decent beast in Intibaah and was then sent off a very short price on heavy ground at Newbury, but he took a backwards step there and finished a tailed-off last.

Given his lengthy absence, Blessington possibly just suffered from the ‘bounce’ factor that day and while his supporters will require some faith, he is worth another shot.

Elysian Prince was a comfortable winner at Lingfield when last seen and can follow up in the Nursery Handicap.