Racing preview for Tuesday, December 15

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Burning Thread won with something to spare on his latest visit to Kempton and should prove difficult to beat on his return to the track for the betdaq.com £50 In Free Bets Handicap.

The eight-year-old achieved a rating in excess of 100 in his prime when trained by Tim Etherington, but following a largely disappointing campaign in 2014, he changed hands for the relatively modest fee of just 19,000 guineas in October of last year.

Results at the start of this season suggested David Elsworth had bought a horse on a downward spiral, but a runner-up finish at Nottingham in September was a huge step in the right direction.

And a couple of starts later he brought a lengthy losing streak to an end in good style at Bath.

The overdue victory clearly gave him a boost as after a good effort at Lingfield, he showed a smart change of gear when winning readily here a fortnight ago.

While a 5lb rise makes life tougher, he remains nicely treated on his best form and looks in the mood to follow up.

Vroom is definitely worth a watch in the market ahead of his handicap debut in the betdaq.com - Serious About Sport Nursery.

The Charlie Fellowes-trained juvenile was unsurprisingly well-beaten in a valuable sales race at Newmarket on his debut, while his first start on the all-weather at Wolverhampton did not offer much encouragement either.

However, he fared a good bit better on his third start at Lingfield and it would be no surprise to see him step up again off an opening perch of 70.

What Could She Be looks the answer to an interesting 32Red.com Fillies’ Handicap at Southwell.

The daughter of Dark Angel came good at the 11th attempt over this course and distance three weeks ago, winning well.

After a number of placed efforts, Michael Dods’ filly was not winning out of turn in a one-mile maiden and the way she pulled four lengths clear suggested she is on an upward curve.

* Selections:

Catterick: 12.15 Minden March, 12.45 Cosmic Statesman, 1.15 Hester Flemen, 1.45 Poulanassy, 2.20 Freddies Portrait, 2.50 Tomorrow’s Legend, 3.20 Be Daring.

Kempton: 2.10 Putaringonit, 2.40 BURNING THREAD (NAP), 3.10 Vroom, 3.40 Sudden Wish, 4.10 Andaz, 4.40 Pina, 5.10 Miss Pimpernel, 5.40 Bennelong.

Southwell: 12.30 Danish Duke, 1.00 What Could She Be, 1.30 Sacred Square, 2.00 Champagne Duchess, 2.30 Best Trip, 3.00 Cornton Road, 3.30 Llewellyn.

Double: Burning Thread and What Could She Be.