The decision to save MASTER DEE (Kempton, 3.35) from bottomless winter conditions can reap rich dividends on Saturday in the Betdaq Handicap Chase.
After what feels like months of racing on deep ground, those at Kempton have the opportunity to enjoy a better surface and Fergal O’Brien will be one trainer delighted by the colder weather and drying conditions.
Master Dee has run well on easy ground in his 20-race career, but his best efforts have been recorded when conditions have ridden quicker and he looks to have a sound chance of a win following a three-month absence.
Drying Kempton ground will suit Master Dee in the Betdaq Handicap Chase on Saturday
Hopefully, some of his rivals will be feeling the effects of a brutal winter, meaning the selection may prove fresher than most as he bids to win for the first time since Ascot in October 2016.
He cosily beat San Benedeto on that occasion and his rival is now rated 155, so it seems Master Dee is still reasonably treated off his mark of 145.
Admittedly, he has been a shade difficult to win with, but there is no denying the level of