18th Oct 2021 | Horse Racing

Kempton: Antiphon

Third in hot Newmarket novices' race back in April. Didn't handle the undulations of the track but finished strongly as the penny started to drop. Long absence to overcome but talented.

A common racing trope is he/she didn’t handle the dip/undulations/bend etc and it is used to explain away a bad performance. Often it is a convenient excuse but for Antiphon it’s actually a fact.

He made his debut at Newmarket way back in April and he was completely thrown off kilter by the undulations. I’ve watched the reply several times and at one point it looks like he’s got all four legs in the air like a novice hurdler.

Considering this greeness, he did extremely well to finish third in a race that has provided plenty high-class winner since. The long lay-off is a slight concern but he’s talented individual and received weight from the favourite.

1pt Antiphon to win 11/8 with Bet365
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Odds correct at time of publishing: 20:00 18th Oct, 2021 but subject to change