Free Tip – Thomas Equinas

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Here’s today’s selection

1:15 Kempton – Thomas Equinas

Monday sees no jumps action in Britain after a bumper weekend bolstered by ARC’s Winter Million initiative at Lingfield, which seemed to go down very well, although a grandstand finish to the feature race was marred by the fatal fall of Master Tommytucker.

It was a memorable weekend, all told, but it’s back to the mundanity of three all-weather meetings, which is a bit of a shift, mentally.

The Kempton card opens with the Unibet Horserace Betting Operator Of The Year Handicap, in which the Richard Hannon-trained Exceling immediately jumps off the page, being a dual C&D winner who has the speed to make the most of the inside berth.

He’s respected, but I am keen to side with potential improver THOMAS EQUINAS now that this well-bred sort drops to a sprint trip for the first time. He’s shown bright speed in three starts over 7f to date, and connections have used a similar ploy for their handicappers in the past.

Thomas Equinas’s half-sister Hot Chesnut qualified for handicaps over 7f before improving for the drop to 6f in her first two handicaps, beaten narrowly each time, while owners Michael and Heather Yarrow won a dozen sprints, including the Stewards’ Cup, with Lancelot du Lac, but he did all his early racing over 7f.

Many trainers attempt to keep their charges ahead of the handicapper by racing over trips which are too short, but the system works just as well in reverse, and I have no doubt that Thomas Equinas will be better as a sprinter having failed to last home so far.

He can race freely, and the faster pace sprints are run at will help him settle, and he ought to prove well in advance of the form he’s shown to date now given a better chance to express his talent.

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