Emily Goldfinch will find this easier than recent tasks in conditions races and may figure back in a handicap while Stay Classy beat First Link less than a length over a mile here last month and went close again over the same distance at Wolverhampton last time. But KWELA (NAP) made a bold bid to land a hat-trick when runner-up over today’s trip at Kempton ahead of Visionara having earlier beaten Lady Of Aran at the same venue. It could pay to stick with Eve Johnson Houghton’s filly in her current frame of mind and she gets the vote to come out best.
Emily Goldfinch 25-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed just over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 8 1/4l behind Documenting (9-0) at Lingfield 7f stks (3) pol in Nov.
Stay Classy (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Dwelt soon tracked leaders, chased leader 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Bubble And Squeak (9-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp fll (2) pol in Dec.
Kwela 13-2 (9-7) Keen in touch, pushed along and headway on outer 2f out, ran on final furlong, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Stringybark Creek (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Lady Of Aran (IRE) 4-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway and switched right over 1f out, switched left entering final furlong, ran on, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind Kwela (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp fll (4) pol in Oct.
Diamond Oasis 20-1 (9-3) Raced keenly, soon tracking leaders on outside, wide on home turn, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 11, 34 1/4l behind Rangali Island (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Visionara 7-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Stringybark Creek (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
First Link (USA) 8-1 (8-9) Took keen hold on outside, mid-division, pushed along and came wide straight, ridden over 1f out, good headway inside final furlong, ran on, 5th of 10, 1/2l behind Stay Classy (9-10) at Lingfield 1m hcp fll (4) pol in Nov.