A field of seven go to post for this interesting race at Kempton on Wednesday, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: Storming clear at Wolverhampton on Saturday, GLORIOUS ARTIST is taken to quickly follow up after that very taking performance. He still remains with potential with only seven runs under his belt and he clearly had something in hand last time out, so conceding 6lb to his rivals should be no problem, with Callum Shepherd negating 3lb of that through is useful claim. If back to his best, Camargue can give him the most to think about but he is risky and perhaps it’s best left to El Torito to fill out second.
1 GLORIOUS ARTIST – Charles Hills’ three year old who took his first victory in convincing fashion at the seventh attempt when pulling clear of Toy Theatre at Wolverhampton on April. That was a well deserved victory after showing lots of ability in the prior six runs and he has a huge chance of following up as he clearly had something in hand. He is conceding six pounds to all his rivals but that is unlikely to stop him following up with 3lb claimer Callum Shepherd very good value for his claim.
2 CAMARGUE – Impressive winner at Ascot on his third start in May 2016 but he has failed to build on that in subsequent runners, looking one paced on his returning run at Southwell in March. Perhaps on that evidence going up in trip will suit as his pedigree also suggests the same, but you can’t help but feel slightly sceptical that she’ll improve at all after his recent run of form after a great start to her career. Risky and not for us today.
3 EL TORITO – Three year old who made a promising reappearance at Lingfield last month, running on strongly to grab fourth on the post and giving the distinct impression that better could be expected in time. He was far from disgraced on his latest start when fourth of four at Chelmsford, staying on well but never able to threaten, only beaten around two lengths. He still remains with potential at this trip for Jim Boyle and could be the dark horse in the race, so shouldn’t be ignored.
4 HISAR – Only three runs to go off under rules and he needs more if he’s to be threatening on the evidence of them. He showed little on debut at Newbury in July 2016 and although he showed promise on return here over the six furlong trip when a running on second, he failed to back that up when well beaten at Wolverahmpton on his latest start. Much more needed upped in trip and although that may suit on in his pedigree and second start, he’s hard to trust and others have much sounder claims. Risks attached.
5 ISLAND BRAVE – Thoroughly unexposed Zebedee colt who showed some promise on debut when a keeping on third at Lingfield in February over the seven furlong trip. He improved on that markedly on his second run when winning well at the same venue over the mile, making all and always doing enough to take victory. The drop back in trip is unlikely to be a problem for him and if improving again he’d have to be given a huge chance under Liam Keniry, although stall seven makes it hard for him to grab the lead.
6 ON TO VICTORY – Four runs on his belt and posted career best on his third start when a close third at Newbury in September, finishing half a length back in a blanket finish. He failed to build on that however when poor at York when last seen in October and has something to prove on his first start for 187 days. Makes his all weather debut and others have more convincing claims and far less to prove, so perhaps he’s best watched for now.
7 TRENCHARD – Godolphin owned three year by Elusive Quality whose performed to a similar level in four starts for John Godsen, with his latest sixth at Chelmsford a disappointing effort by a colt who is very much static at present. Headgear goes on in a bid to find more and Adam Kirby takes the ride which is a plus, so he isn’t one to discount quickly as he may well do better yet. Place claims at the very least and needs consideration.