Early Morning did his own impression of Lazarus when returning from a broken leg to win the betdaq.com 50% Commission Refund Handicap at Kempton.
An affinity for Colwick Park leads me to fancy HURRY HOME POPPA (Nottingham, 4.15) in the staying handicap on Tuesday.
It's far from easy to win a big-field one-mile Kempton handicap from stall 1, with only five horses from a sample of 152 (3.3% strike-rate) having pulled it off in fields of 12+ runners since the start of 2012 (in fields of 13+ runners, stall 1 is 0-54). Generally speaking, those drawn on the inside get shuffled back and have to come round the entire field to get a run or, if they're front-runners, are forced to go too fast in the early stages.
On a memorable afternoon in Esher, Sandown Park was at full capacity on Saturday and the lucky racegoers both experienced and contributed to a unique and fitting day, as horse racing waved goodbye to a sporting legend.