Sunday, 31st May 2020
Born With Pride can take the step up in grade and land the 1m 2f Group 3 Kempton Classic Trial on Wednesday (14:45).
Trained by William Haggas for the same owners as the magnificent but ill-fated Sea Of Class, this daughter of Born To Sea won her sole juvenile start impressively.
She made most of the running at an unfancied 20/1 to land a Listed contest over a mile at Newmarket by a cosy neck in November.
All Tom Marquand had to do in the saddle was shake his reins and Born With Pride responded. The way in which she put the race to bed meant she was value for more than the winning margin.
Peaceful, the runner-up trained by Aidan O’Brien, previously bolted up by seven lengths. As Born With Pride ran on, the extra couple of furlongs should be no problem here.
Connections think highly of her. Another plus is Born With Pride gets a sex allowance from most of her main market rivals.
The race terms of this Kempton Classic Trial are in her favour, then. That is why bookmakers have Born With Pride as favourite for more black type.
With no spring form to go on, there are a few who could give Born With Pride plenty to think about. Godolphin and retained trainer Charlie Appleby have Bright Melody engaged.
Although a gelding who cannot go on to to run in Classics, this son of Dubawi won over the trip in style at Chelmsford earlier this year.
Bright Melody ran green at first, but the penny started to drop pretty quickly. Once Adam Kirby rousted him along, he started making headway.
After further progress through the field, Bright Melody pressed the leader entering the final furlong. He then hit the front 100 yards from home, ran on well and was going away at the finish.
The Kempton Classic Trial demands more, but there is no doubt that Bright Melody gets the trip. Given powerful connections, it would be no surprise if he followed-up on that January success.
Hypothetical represents trainer John Gosden, owner Sheikh Hamdan and jockey Frankie Dettori, meanwhile. A five-length Chelmsford winner in December, this Lope De Vega colt soon shot clear on that sole outing.
It was a clever, patient ride from Rab Havlin who waited for gaps to appear before delivering Hypothetical. As he quickened up nicely, the extra couple of furlongs may be within his compass.
Max Vega is one of two running for trainer Ralph Beckett and a previous winner in the grade. He is tops those with a rating in the Kempton Classic Trial off a mark of 110.
There is no penalty applied for that previous success, so having got the trip to land the Zetland Stakes at Newmarket aged two, he is another respected runner. Max Vega won that by three ready lengths and has claims here.
Of the others in the 11-runner field, Highland Chief could go well now stepping up in trip.
Trained by Paul Cole, this son of Epsom Derby winner Gleneagles was a keeping on 4 1/2 lengths third to Pinatubo in the Listed 7f Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The winner went on to be the highest rated juvenile for 25 years and is a red-hot 2000 Guineas favourite. Highland Chief could pay a huge compliment to Pinatubo by running well here.
Although below par on his final start last season when sixth of seven in the Group 2 Royal Lodge, something was amiss that day. If forgiving Highland Chief that run, his pedigree suggests this longer distance should suit.
He is thus one to consider each-way if the unexposed horses in the Kempton Classic Trial don’t all progress. Highland Chief has the same official rating as Italian Group 2 winner Night Colours.
Trained by Simon Crisford and son Ed, this Night Of Thunder filly carries a 4lb penalty for that international win. Race terms are against Night Colouts, then, and there are doubts about her staying the trip on breeding.