Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Post haste,Paperising Is Set for Kempton Glory

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Post haste,Paperising Is Set for Kempton Glory

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THE Racing Post Chase tomorrow perhaps lacks the class of recent renewals, but not the competition.

Two of its four Cheltenham Gold Cup entries - Commanche Court and Ad Hoc - have already defected, leaving another, Red Striker, as surprise top-weight and all his rivals in the handicap proper.

Norman Mason's yard is in great form currently and both his Reds, Striker and Ark, have good claims - but only one will run. Red Striker is the more probable, as he prefers softer ground. With up to 10mm of rain possible before racing today on going already described as good to soft, that appears likely.

Red Striker progressed fast last term and was one of the few horses to hold his form from sodden Aintree to Sandown's impromptu Finale meeting. That exertion may have taken its toll this season, because it took him until last month to rediscover his ability - albeit the yard wasn't then firing.

Richard Guest's mount had shown signs of revival behind Behrajan in December, travelling menacingly until a terrible blunder five out. He made his obligatory error early enough to recover next time out and stayed on strongly to take the Peter Marsh Chase in the dying strides. But, although Kempton's fences are easier than Haydock's, the track's sharper tenor allows no such time for recovery. One mistake and you're finished.

By contrast, Paperising's sound jumping can stand him in great stead and he possesses the ideal Kempton recipe of speed to win over shorter and stamina to see racecard with latest

betting out the trip. He's also been trained specifically with this race in mind and, two promising runs under his belt, is set to peak tomorrow.

He's 1lb lower than when, seeking a hat-trick, he was beaten only by the well-handicapped, mud-loving Kingsmark at Aintree last April. His below-par run at Sandown, pulled up behind Goguenard, was more typical of horses who attended both meetings.

Although ten, he's still unexposed for his age.

Goguenard, who would have plenty in hand on Red Striker if running here, is more likely to head to Haydock. But stablemate Lord Of The River, the fourth Gold Cup challenger among the five-day entries, is set to run. …

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