Wednesday’s Race of the Day: 20:00 Fillies’ Handicap at Kempton
There are a couple of nice Listed contests over at Navan on Wednesday, but we’re keeping our focus on the UK and the 20:00 at Kempton for our Race of the Day.
Eight look set to go to post for this 6f Fillies’ Handicap with Fizzy Feet the obvious place to start.
The four-year-old is something of an all-weather specialist and has racked up three wins from her last four outings, including when scoring well at Wolverhampton last time out.
She gets a 4lb rise for that success, but it may not be enough to stop her progress with Holly Doyle on board and trainer David Loughnane operating at a 22% strike-rate with four-year-olds on the all-weather in 2020.
Her most likely rival looks to be Shimmering Dawn, who rattled off a hat-trick over this trip last summer before subsequently finding a step up in class just a bit too tough.
Even so, she twice ran well in defeat up in grade and after landing the odds on her reappearance last season must be taken seriously once again in this company after an eight-month break.
Pennywhistle is next on the list and she makes for an interesting contender in the hands of Stuart Williams.
Formerly with John Gosden, the Iffraaj filly has developed a habit of hitting the bar in her fledging career, finishing no less than 1½l behind the winner on seven separate occasions.
Her last success came back in July 2018, but if the pace suits, then it’ll be interesting to see how she gets on dropped to this trip for the first time.
It’s a similar story for Burmese Waltz; a winner at Dundalk in 2018, she’s making her first outing for the in-form Archie Watson since switching from Irish trainer Ger Lyons.
Elsewhere, the front-running Buy Me Back will need to cope with a 10lb rise after scoring cosily over course and distance in February, while Rosadora should enjoy the return to 6f.
Yet it’s Jamaheery who is perhaps the most interesting runner of the lot. Richard Hannon’s inmate impressed with a debut win on the turf at Yarmouth before being sent off at 8/1 in a Group 3 at Newmarket.
It didn’t quite work out that day, and now after a wind-op and eight months off, she makes her Handicap bow under the guidance of Jim Crowley.
Second Collection, who remains 3lb above her last winning mark, rounds out the contenders.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.