Racing: Thursday preview

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Grey Mirage put up no sort of show on the turf on his most recent outing but should be suited by a return to the all-weather in the £25 Free Bet At Handicap at Kempton.

Marco Botti’s charge saves his best for synthetic surfaces, boasting a fine strike rate of six wins in 11 starts at Lingfield and Kempton.

He had another big campaign last winter with his agenda structured around All-Weather Championships Finals day on Good Friday.

Grey Mirage notched up three wins to book his slot in the Mile final but proved no match for Captain Cat, who has subsequently gone on to Group Three success and has also performed with credit in Group One company.

Botti then gave the five-year-old a break through the summer before bring him back at Ascot at the start of October.

Grey Mirage floundered in the mud that day, though, and was well beaten by Intransigent.

He should be back in his comfort-zone at the Sunbury venue, however, and it would be dangerous to go against him.

* Selections -

CHEPSTOW: 12.40 Beast Of Burden, 1.10 Saint Helena, 1.40 Tarabela, 2.15 Flintham, 2.50 Annaluna, 3.20 Vision Des Champs, 3.50 Sinndar’s Man.

KEMPTON: 4.10 First Rebellion, 4.40 Chetan, 5.10 Marmalad, 5.40 Solidarity, 6.10 GREY MIRAGE (NAP), 6.40 Glorious Sun, 7.10 Rocky’s Pride, 7.40 Carrera.

MARKET RASEN: 12.30 Horsted Valley, 1.00 Catching On, 1.30 Bennys Well, 2.05 Parish Business, 2.40 Definitely Better, 3.10 Cara Court, 3.40 Desilvano.

THURLES: 12.25 Azorian, 12.55 Hidden Cyclone, 1.25 Marvellous Moment, 2.00 Captain Carol, 2.30 Borussia, 3.05 Western Promise, 3.35 Master Of Verse.

WINCANTON: 12.50 Aristocracy, 1.20 Lemon’s Gent, 1.50 Fletchers Flyer, 2.25 The Brock Again, 3.00 Midnight Belle, 3.30 Allerton, 4.00 Band Of Thunder.

DOUBLE: Grey Mirage and Glorious Sun.