6.40 Kempton – COSMOPOLITAN QUEEN (nap)
The selection, trained by David Elsworth, is a well-bred daughter of Dubawi who made her debut outing in a 6f novice contest at Newmarket (July) 18 days ago (33/1 chance), slowly into stride and showing signs of inexperience in rear, ridden and continuing run green from halfway, beginning to get the hang of things inside the final furlong and closing up come the line as she finished seventh of nine to Glorious Journey (beaten 3¾ lengths). This filly is entitled to know a whole lot more this time around, her inexperience evident from the very beginning but learning as she went along, her finishing effort to latch on to the pack come the line promising much better to come. Her pedigree is another proponent of above-average improvement, a full sister to connections’ Arabian Queen who scored second time out at two (over 5f) having been too green to show to best advantage on debut; her stable’s youngsters almost always improve a significant amount for a run, so absolutely no surprise to see this daughter of Dubawi prove a lot more competitive on this occasion.
7.40 Kempton – GLORY OF PARIS (nb)
The selection, trained by Rod Millman, is a son of Sir Prancelot who showed just fair form at two in maiden/nursery company at two, much improved when making a winning return to action in a 7f handicap here back in April, moving smoothly into the lead approaching the final furlong and forging clear to score by 4 lengths from Sea Shack. He wasn’t seen to best effect when down the field in a hotly-contested 7f handicap at Newbury a couple of weeks later, duly bouncing back in a 6f handicap at Salisbury the following month, only finding top stride inside the final furlong as he came home in second behind Scorching Heat. His latest outing came in a 1m handicap at Sandown three weeks ago, tracking the leaders and still travelling smoothly when denied a clear run two furlongs out, forced to switch twice and losing momentum, closing up late under considerate handling to finish in sixth behind Surrey Hope (beaten 4 lengths). There’s little doubt this gelding is ready to strike again soon, with the return to Polytrack a big positive given how easily he both travelled and settled matters on his only previous visit here; no surprise to see him return to winning ways now.