Perennial and Frankie value at 11s

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Perennial takes a drop in class in the 8.20 at Kempton tonight and looks worth a wager at 11/1 to take advantage of what could well be a lenient handicap mark.

The gelding looked an exciting prospect when winning on his debut as a two-year-old at Doncaster where he kept on well to beat subsequent St Leger winner Encke by 1/2 a length.

He then finished runner-up in the Group 3 Autmun Stakes at Newmarket on his final start as a juvenile, and although he failed to get his head in front last season he did run a couple of decent races.

The son of Motivator finished third of 4, beaten just 1 3/4 lengths, behind Michaelangelo in a listed contest at Goodwood and was far from disgraced when finishing 6th of 10 to subsequent Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate in a Group 3 at Ascot on soft ground which didn’t suit.

It’s fair to say that he disappointed last time out when well beaten in a class 2 handicap at Newmarket won by Tiger Cliff, but he was reported to have bled that day and had previously shaped well on his seasonal reappearance at Epsom when running better than his finishing position of sixth of 10 to Beyond Conceit suggests.

The handicapper has dropped him another couple of pounds since his last run to a mark of 90, and given that he was once officially rated 105 that looks exploitable now that he drops back into class 3 company.

He also gets the services of Frankie Dettori in the saddle for the first time, and at the odds on offer looks decent each-way value if bouncing back to anywhere near his best.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Perennial (11/1 BetVictor, Paddy Power – BOG)

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