While most of the media’s attention is focussed on Saturday’s Lincoln meeting at Doncaster, Kempton’s poly track, features three highly competitive and interesting contests.
The Magnolia stakes at 2.15, (1m2f), sees the return to action of John Gosden’s St Leger runner up, Romsdal. Second time out last year He hacked up by 5L over the course (1m3f), prior to finishing a terrific third in the Derby behind Australia and Kingston Hill. He disappointed in the King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but redeemed his reputation with a brave second to Kingston Hill in the St Leger (1m6 1/2f). Obviously the distance of Saturday’s contest is a concern, but the way Romsdal travels, and his style of racing, would suggest that it may not inconvenience him that much, particularly when noting that his uber shrewd trainer carried off a similar trick, when winning this in 2012, with his St Leger winner Arctic Cosmos, who had collected the Doncaster prize two years earlier. Definitley one for the short list!
Marco Botti’s Solar Deity, if reproducing his run in a very valuable Lingfield handicap, behind Grandeur,(1m2f) last April, would be interesting. There despite being short of room two furlongs out he finished a highly commendable fourth, with one of Saturday’s opponents, Aussie Reigns, behind. He certainly demonstrated his wellbeing three weeks ago at Wolverhampton (1m1/2f) in a class 2 handicap. He ran on really well, to finish third suggesting that the step back up to 1m2f is what is required. With his trainer having such a good A.W. Season, he is worth considering.
The Ed Dunlop trained Red Galileo, having won over the course as a 2yo and finished fifth in the Derby has a lot to recommend him. He has failed to catch the judges eye since the Derby, but has put in some very sound performances, not least a shd defeat by Nabucco, and being beaten a nk by the two years older Clon Brulee. As Dunlop won this with a seasonal debutante last year, Contributer, Red Galileo is worth a second look.