With £2335 for the winner a reasonable field have been entered here over the six furlongs here for three-year-olds and above, and with runners varying from three to seven. Our full race preview follows along with the selection for the 8.50pm at Kempton Friday night.
IN SUMMARY: Anyone who saw MIAMI SUNSET win at Yarmouth could not fail to be impressed and with the likelihood of a lot more to come for a yard in good form, the three-year-old filly is hard to oppose in this field despite the burden of top-weight. The others all look closely matched, though Diable D’Or is intriguing dropping back to this trip in first time blinkers, and could run well at a big price.
1 MIAMI SUNSET – Trainer Philip McBride has his string in fine form with two winners from the eight recent runners and a 25% strike rate. A daughter of Archipenko looks well bought at 5,500 Guineas and ran a superb race on her debut at Chelmsford when second, albeit nine lengths adrift of the winner. She was as green as grass that day but has clearly learned since with a two and three-quarter length victory at Yarmouth to take her maiden with ease. Silvestre De Sousa rode her that day and is back in the saddle again and with more improvement likely even top weight may not be enough to stop her following up this evening.
2 FAREEQ – One win from seven starts for William Haggas saw him moved to Charlie Wallis in July but two unsuccessful runs since seem to leave him with a bit to find here. His last run on soft going may well be best ignored with his only win on the all-weather at Newcastle and he may be better judged on his two lengths fifth of seven on good going at Newmarket the race before. He does run off of a four-pound lower mark now so cannot be ignored but he is inclined to flatter to deceive, and others have to make more appeal in this field.
3 OTOMO – Something seemed amiss last time out at Brighton when he trailed home a twenty-three-length last of four at Brighton at odds of 4/1 and he arrives here with a bit to prove after that effort. Six of his eleven races have been at the seaside track including his only win so far in May and he is yet to run as well anywhere else which is a question mark against his chances here and a place may be the best he can hope for today, though the surface could well bring some improvement.
4 DIABLE D’OR – Trained by Eve Johnson Houghton who is more than capable given the right material to work with, but he does look fully exposed after sixteen starts against others who may have improvement to come. Last time out he finished sixth to Mister Musicmaster at Bath when failing to see out the mile but with his only win over five furlongs as a two-year-old this trip makes him interesting dropped back in trip and if there is a shock he could well be the one to provide it in first time blinkers.
5 MISHAAL – Without a win in twelve starts now and up in class today after finishing fourth in a claimer at Beverley over seven and a half furlongs last time out when keeping on to be beaten three and a half lengths. Dropped four pounds by the handicapper for that effort he has his best chance for some time off this rating but doesn’t seem to have the perfect trip even after fifty career starts, and is hard to fancy.
6 SHOWMETHEWAYAVRILO – Malcolm Saunders trains the four-year-old who has been in good form lately with a fourth, a third, and most recently a head second, all at Bath and all over five and a half furlongs. He was caught close home that day after idling when hitting the front leaving Charlie Bennett with a job on his hands this evening as he will need to produce him at the last moment to get to the front where it matters.
7 ARAGON KNIGHT – He has his first run for trainer Daniel Steel this evening and is clearly very well weighted on his best form that includes a maiden win when rated as highly as 78. He runs off of twelve pounds lower here but hasn’t been at his best of late with a sixteen and a half-length defeat over this trip in first time cheekpieces at Lingfield on turf, but reverts to a hood today which may see him do better, though even that is unlikely to be enough to see him winning here.
8 ROBBIE ROO ROO – Although trainer Mrs Ilka Gansera-Leveque is out of form with zero winners in the last two weeks, her daughter of Kheleyf is in good sorts with a win (here), two seconds and two thirds in her last five races. She stays a seventh furlong so won’t mind at all if they set off at a furious pace tonight, and remains on the same rating as when a length and three-quarters second to Iftitah at Wolverhampton last time out, though this is a better class race and she may not find life quite as easy here.
9 FLEETING GLIMPSE – A course and distance winner here in April, she was put up four pounds for that and has struggled to go close in five races since. Last seen at Wolverhampton, she was slowly away before finishing fifth at the line, she has finally been dropped two pounds and is heading back towards a winning mark though probably not this evening.