Eleven runners have been declared for the Group 3 Classic Trial at Kempton on Wednesday and it promises to give us some important clues to what may lie ahead later in the season. Here are our tips, runners and odds for the race below.
Kempton Classic Trial Tip
It has been exactly twenty years since Frankie Dettori’s horrific plane crash accident but here is riding what could be another John Gosden Classic contender in the shape of Hypothetical. He is hovering around 33/1 for the Derby and has all-weather experience following his Chelmsford victory which could prove decisive.
Other runners and odds
Born With Pride
Currently a 12-1 chance in the Epsom Oaks market, this filly was really impressive on debut in a Newmarket Listed race at the tail end of last season. William Haggas’ potential star has to take on the boys here though which won’t an easy task.
Finished off his juvenile campaign with a victory in the Zetland Stakes but that race historically is one where the winner goes on to staying races over further than this. Respected and deserves to be near the head of the market but looks plenty short enough for us.
Dubawi half-brother to Light Spirit and Pop Song who were both by New Approach so this lad is certainly very well bred and overcame greenness to win at Chelmsford on debut. With top connections so could be anything but needs to improve quite a bit to win this.
Newbury debut winner who finished a gallant four-length third behind Pinatubo in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot. A repeat of that effort would see him go close to winning this but he didn’t show much in the Royal Lodge when last seen so the jury is out.
Andrew Balding won this race last year with Bangkok and won it in 2015 with Master Apprentice. He has an incredible 100% place strike rate from nine starters at the track this season, six of which were winners. This horse looks a big each-way price.
Italian Group 2 winner in Milan when last seen but might struggle in this contest having to concede weight to the field. It would appear she also prefers soft to heavy ground so she will find this very much on the sharp side.
William Muir is really excited about this horse and although he has gone on record saying he isn’t sure if Kempton will suit the horse, he’s an exciting one for the rest of the season. It is likely he will just need this to blow the cobwebs away.
Yes My Boy
Footstepsinthesand colt who got off to the perfect start at Newcastle for Archie Watson so we know the surface won’t present any issues. He is bred to get further and he is respected for all the expectation is that he might just bump into some classier rivals here.
Left the debut cobwebs well behind beating nineteen other runners in a minor event at Newmarket when last seen. She made all that day so she might try to snatch an early lead here and use “catch me if you can” tactics. She has the perfect draw in Stall 1 to do so and is not without hope.
Won an average novice event at Newmarket in October but was tailed-0ff last and beaten 27 lengths in a Group 3 at the same track a month later. He was runner-up here before but needs to show a lot more to get involved.