Today's racecards

Kempton Park

  • 17:00 Groomed To Perfection, The Kia Soul Claiming Stakes 6f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 12.36s
  • Off time: 17:01:11
17:00 Kempton Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Lethal 11/10
2nd Desperate Dan 11/4
3rd Obe Gold 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (10) 0-00686 SCARLET, BLACK and WHITE hooped sleeves, BLACK spots on cap Mr Funshine 14
Nag me
4 9-7 R J Hodges William Carson (3) 46 33/134.00
3 (3) 335490 BLACK, EMERALD GREEN disc, RED cap Obe Gold 15
Nag meDistance Winner
7 9-3 P Howling J-P Guillambert 69 6/17.00
4 (6) 068717 ROYAL BLUE, YELLOW sleeves, quartered cap Sam's Cross (IRE) 33
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 9-1 J J Bridger M Halford (3) 63 9/110.00
6 (7) 071444 White, Red star, chevrons on sleeves, Red cap Desperate Dan 40
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 8-13 v A B Haynes T P Queally 72 11/43.75
7 (4) 225432 ROYAL BLUE, WHITE hoop, WHITE sleeves, ROYAL BLUE armlets, WHITE cap Lethal 15
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 8-13 M Scudamore Jim Crowley 63 11/102.10
8 (9) 793053 Pink, Royal Blue stars, Royal Blue sleeves, Pink stars Reigning Monarch (USA) 26
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 8-10 p Miss Z C Davison S Hitchcott 50 10/111.00
9 (2) 700-098 Orange, Mauve chevrons, Orange sleeves, Mauve cap Hayley's Girl 40
Nag me
3 8-5 S W James Amy Baker (5) 44 66/167.00
10 (1) 500457 Yellow, Purple armlets Deckchair 29
Nag meDistance Winner
3 8-0 v S Curran J F McDonald 48 20/121.00
Non runners
2 (8)085324Musical Script (USA)69-7M H-FairleyN Callan67
5 (5)008300Deo Valente (IRE)48-13J M BradleyL Morris50

Verdict

DESPERATE DAN is the standout at the weights for this and gets the vote ahead of Obe Gold, Musical Script and Lethal. The last-named loves it here and is now well below the abilities of which he was once capable, being officially rated just 63. This trip is probably the gelding's optimum, while he comes here in good order, but he does have plenty to find at these weights. Musical Script was runner-up here over 7f in a handicap last time but does have course and distance winning form from a higher mark than this and with a good pitch could emerge as a leading player, while Obe Gold acts on the Polytrack and goes well at this trip and he should find this a bit easier than the handicaps he has been trashed in at the track recently. Sam's Cross is inconsistent but capable enough to make a bold showing at a track he likes, if on a going day, though preference is for Desperate Dan. Andy Haynes' eight-year-old is well in at the weights and is effective over both 5f and this trip. On the negative side he has no winning form here, being more of a Wolverhampton specialist, but given that he has won at Lingfield he should act on this fast surface and we will side with him.