Three horses to follow at Kempton tonight
The loss of Ayr's meeting means a lighter afternoon offering with just Hereford on the menu, but Kempton's all-weather card kicks in at 4.35 with eight races live on Racing UK
Not many Clive Cox runners start as the outsider of the pack, but that is the case with Bobby Wheeler, who finished down the field on two starts towards the end of 2017.
However, the five-year-old was held in decent regard by connections earlier in his career and those runs were his first for more than a year, so perhaps he just needed to sharpen up.
If he has and does spring a surprise, it will provide apprentice Amelia Glass with a memorable moment as it would mean a first win under rules.
Archie Watson has started 2018 in the same fashion as he ended last year and fields one of his best horses in Kempton's feature, which boasts prize-money of £25,000.
A three-time winner on the all-weather from five appearances, Corinthia Knight – the mount of the in-form Eddy Greatrex – produced a career-best on Racing Post Ratings when chasing home Invincible Army in the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes over tonight's course and distance in September.
He continued to show top-class form when finishing fourth to Declarationofpeace on the Breeders' Cup undercard.
Oisin Murphy, who jets out to Dubai for three rides at Meydan on Thursday, is another rider enjoying a purple patch and teams up with Classic-winning trainer Laura Mongan with Ardamir.
Formerly with Alan King, the six-year-old joined his new connections last year and has dropped to a mark of 73.
He is winless in ten starts on the all-weather, but has made the frame seven times and should appreciate stepping up to 2m tonight, so is one to consider.