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Trainer quotes for the first two ITV4 races at Kempton

Two For Gold (right): "He just wasn't ready for a race like the Ladbrokes Trophy last time"
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Trainer quotes for the first two televised ITV4 contests at Kempton . . .


1.10 Kempton: Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Handicap Chase

Nicky Henderson, trainer of Theinval and Pistol Whipped
Theinval's been around for yonks of course and is a horse who comes into his own in the spring, preferably on fast ground. He takes a hell of a lot of work, but will enjoy his day out. Pistol Whipped has been off for a while but there's been nothing wrong. He's just taken a bit of getting ready, but he's ready now and I like him. I'm looking forward to running him.

1.45: Ladbrokes Committed To Safer Gambling Handicap Chase

Kim Bailey, trainer of Two For Gold
After just a handful of runs over fences he just wasn't ready for a race like the Ladbrokes Trophy last time, because the ground was too quick for him and they went flat out from the start. I wasn't sure he would stay either, but three miles at Kempton will be fine. I'm very happy with him.

Venetia Williams, trainer of Commodore
He has run two good races so far this season, although the conditions at Kempton are likely to be considerably more lively, which won't be in his favour. He's in good order and we've lost so much racing recently, while there are so few opportunities for horses like him that you have to run even if things aren't necessarily entirely in their favour.


Saturday tipping and analysis:

Pricewise: Tom Segal thinks last year's race might be the key to cracking Welsh National (Members' Club)

Saturday Sizzlers: Paul Kealy has a strong set of bets for Kempton with three cracking plays (Members' Club)

Big-race Trends: look for unexposed types with right-handed form in Lanzarote (Members' Club)

Paul Kealy's must-have banker at Chepstow on Saturday

The Punt Daily: Tom Collins' free horse racing tips on Saturday afternoon

Saturday's free racing tips: our tipping experts with the day's best bets


Nigel Twiston-Davies, trainer of Rocco
It was a good run when he was second over 2m4f at Kempton last time and I think the extra half mile will be in his favour.

Tom George, trainer of Double Shuffle
He hadn’t had a proper run for a long time and I think he’ll have come on for his last race. It’s probably coming a week sooner than ideal, but what makes up for it is this is a track we know he enjoys and he’s in great form. We have to take every opportunity we can with him at Kempton.


Saturday's cards 


Saturday previews and analysis:

Members' Club: stay at home, keep warm and enjoy a feast of fantastic racing on ITV4

Members' Club: strong team at happy hunting ground a good pointer to Nicky Henderson's fortunes

Can favourite Secret Reprieve end Evan Williams' wait for Welsh National glory?

Paul Nicholls on his Welsh National pair – plus key quotes from other trainers

Members' Club: picking the right profile: what does it take to win the Welsh Grand National?

Paul Kealy thinks the Finale Juvenile Hurdle is Nassalam's race to lose

'Very exciting' Protektorat out to show Grade 1 pedigree in rescheduled Dipper

McFabulous: a non-stayer or just another who failed to live up to the hype?

Which of Imperial Aura's rivals can give him the Grade 1 test he needs?

Graeme Rodway thinks Paul Nicholls has found a valuable edge for the Lanzarote


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