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Kempton Monday Apr 24 2yo race review

Kempton 1410 Monday Apr 24

Novice Auction Stakes
5f, Class 5, 59.88s
(slow by 1.18s)
Standard

Corinthia Knight. Won easily on debut and took a significant step up here, improving 15pts on RPR figures (95). Jumped well, straight to the lead, controlled the pace. Shot clear on straightening, excellent turn of foot, absolutely pissed in. This is a Group horse, Royal Ascot bound for sure.

Autumn Lodge. Third run of career already. Sensibly held rail behind the leader while others wanted to go around the tight bend and face the breeze.

Shesgotthelot. Feb 24. Vendor buyback as yearling, £4k. Half-brother to New Bidder, OR98, winner of six races so far. Rest of the family quite limited. Slow to begin, out the back early. Made ground in the straight, claiming third in final strides, a long way behind the winner.

Auntie Pam. Second on debut at Wolverhampton, ahead of a couple of horses which have since won. Went forward, tried to match it with the leader but just as she got on level terms, the leader dropped them in a flash. Plugged on OK.

Butterfly Spirit. Mar 27. £8k yearling, a disappointment as a pinhook - went for 11k gns as a foal. Dam won twice at a mile, peaked at OR77. Only sixth runner for this new sire. Jumped left when gates open then caught wide. Battled on OK, little between third to sixth on the line.

Milchik. Apr 20. Dam never ran a place from eight starts, only half-sibling to have won (one from 24) did it on debut, give a lofty rating then steadily dropped to a current OR51 without another win. Other half-siblings best described as slow. Wouldn't settle, pushed out of the pack to sit three wide in the breeze at halfway. Gone by the furlong but hung on OK.

KEY POINTS
Winner is very good, clearly the best-rated 2yo form so far this season. Surely Royal Ascot-bound for the Ontoawinner syndicate, who last year had Quiet Reflection win the Commonwealth Cup. Autumn Lodge is honest but didn't improve his rating being beaten seven lengths.

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