Makaarim was a beaten favourite at Lingfield in December, but did make eyecatching late headway to finish fifth, beaten 2 lengths, behind Shyron – who again ran well in better company back at the Surrey track last Friday – and may be able to make amends in the Matchbook VIP Handicap (5.40) at Kempton on Tuesday. Still lightly raced for a 4-year-old, the son of top class miler Tamayuz has recorded both wins on Tapeta, but a couple of narrow defeats on Polytrack, including at Kempton, suggest he’s equally effective on the surface and he races off the same handicap mark as at Lingfield. The form of his previous win, at Wolverhampton, has also worked out well, with the second and third winning since, so he has plenty going for him. Richard Kingscote, who won on him at Wolverhampton – and is 2-9 for the yard on the all-weather in recent years – replaces Fran Berry and the partnership must have every chance of maintaining its 100% record.
Selection: Kempton 5.40 Makaarim to win 2/1