Sunbaked enjoyed a nice prep for this when she raced over the course and distance just twelve days ago. That came when wearing first time cheekpieces and it is of note that they are back on again this afternoon. Despite a slight rise in the ratings she should know a bit more this time around and she has to be of obvious interest in a race that may not take much winning.
Ten Rocks cost a whopping £125,000 at the sales and looks interesting on what is his handicap debut. He has a first time hood applied by trainer Brian Meehan and if improving for the addition of the headgear, he is likely to be seen to much better effect. Break Free has gone close in two of her most recent starts. The latest of those came when beaten a little over a length at Wolverhampton last time. David O’Meara usually places his runners well and it wouldn’t be the biggest of surprises to see this filly get involved.
Jamie Spencer is a notable jockey booking by Eve Johnston Houghton and she will be hoping that the former champion jockey can hold her filly together until as late as possible. Having been denied a clear run over the course and distance last time connections will be praying for a welcome change of luck and Sunbaked must enter calculations today.
Peaceful Journey represents a yard that have an abundance of talent at this level and she would not need to be a stable star in order to make a winning debut for Godolphin. She is related to a number of winners on this surface and she is likely to go onto much better things in future.
Golden Stunner brings the best form to the table but she remains a maiden after three starts. She was upped to this one mile trip at Windsor last time and only just got collared in the closing stages by So Mi Dar. This is her first attempt on an artificial surface but if taking to it she looks the biggest threat to the selection. Hugo Palmer does ever so well with the fillies that he trains and despite not having seen the racecourse before Corked is also entitled to command plenty of respect.
Peaceful Journey represents Saeed Bin Suroor who has a near thirty one percent strike rate around here. James Doyle is set to partner this daughter of Exceed And Excel and he in turn has a near thirty percent strike rate when riding for the trainer. They look a formidable partnership and they can go close here.
Peaceful Journey (WIN)
Breakheart returns to the track where he has enjoyed most of his success in recent seasons. The three time course and distance winner has dropped back to his last winning mark and is now assisted by Oisin Murphy in the saddle for the very first time. He has made the frame in his last two visits to Kempton and he has to be high on any shortlist this afternoon.
Dukes Meadow is the least exposed runner in the lineup and having won in a higher grade at Chelmsford last time, he has to rate as the biggest danger here. A four pound rise in the ratings does not look unnecessarily harsh and he could easily just shrug most of these aside. Gay Kelleway rarely brings runners to the track these days unless they have a decent chance and today she relies on Captain Felix. This three year old takes a rise in grade having won at Lingfield earlier in the month and with a useful seven pound claimer on board, the combination are likely to be right in the mix.
Andrew Balding has trained seven winners on the all weather tracks inside the past month and Oisin Murphy has partnered six of them. Now that Breakheart returns to his beloved Kempton, the combination command the utmost respect and they have solid each way claims.
Breakheart (E/W if 9/2+)