Kiama Bay tackles 2m for the first time in the Queen’s Prize at Kempton (3.15) but has a touch of class and looks overpriced at 16/1 if staying the trip.
John Quinn’s gelding was in terrific form in the early part of last year, rattling up a hat-trick which culminated with an 11 length romp at Chester.
The six-year-old then held his form well in higher grade, finishing runner-up on his next three starts.
The last of those efforts saw him chase home Debussy in a listed contest at Chester, where he had the likes of Berling, Colour Vision and Prince Bishop behind.
The latter went on to land a Meydan handicap in January before finishing a fine third to Dubai World Cup runner-up Capponi in a Group 1 at the same venue.
That is very strong form, and the handicapper has since dropped the selection a 1lb in the weights after he finished 9th of 23 to Zuider Zee on the final start of last season in the November Handicap at Doncaster.
I think that he is more than capable of winning off his current rating of 98, and his proven ability to run well fresh is another plus.
He also has the ideal partner in the saddle in the shape of Jamie Spencer to give him every chance of staying the trip, and at 14/1 I can see him running a huge race and hopefully giving owner Marwan Koukash another big handicap prize.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Kiama Bay (16/1 BetVictor – BOG)