Surfing The Sand

Kempton Park stages the latest Fast Track Qualifier on Monday afternoon, when four rivals go to post for a place in the £150,000 3YO Final on Good Friday. Simon Mapletoft previews the action.

  • Sunday 19 January
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Archie Watson’s decision not to declare the already qualified Maystar for Kempton Park’s Fast Track Qualifier on Monday is a significant bonus for in-form trainer Tony Carroll.

He has pounced to secure the services of Watson’s record-breaking stable jockey Hollie Doyle for his likeable colt KONDRATIEV WAVE in the 32Red Conditions Stakes (2.50).

The son of Dragon Pulse finished behind one of Monday’s rivals Get Boostingin another Fast Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton in early December but that was his first start for Carroll, who was far from disheartened by that run.

He insists that 6f around Kempton will be much more to the colt’s liking than the similar test he faced around the sharp turns of Lingfield Park last time, when he finished half a length behind Doyle’s winner Little Brown Trout.

An 80,000 gns purchase out of Ireland, he did well to finish so close after suffering a wide trip that day and may be given another vital edge by the application of first-time cheekpieces against three rivals who all arrive at the Sunbury track with questions to answer.

Get Boosting is yet to convince me that he’s as good as his elevated mark of 87 suggests. His rating suffered for splitting Maystar and Auchterarder in that Dunstall Park qualifier when he was better placed to finish than my selection.

Beaten in a nursery off 77 in November, his latest start also ended in defeat when he failed to concede a penalty to It’Smabirthday, but he did at least finish ahead of subsequent Southwell winner Ladyleys Beluga and can make a race of it.

Top rated Fleeting Prince still has work to do to justify his lofty mark of 97 after trailing home last in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and then finishing well adrift in the valuable sales race at York’s Ebor Festival last summer.

He won a Windsor novice before being hiked up in class but that form hasn’t exactly worked out well, with both the second and third finishing the campaign on modest marks in the 70s. He is related to All-Weather winners so may be able to find his niche on synthetics in due course, but is opposable here on his first start since August.

Amarillo Star has a course and distance win to his name after justifying prohibitive odds in a novice event in early December and makes more appeal, but is another who may not have the same scope for improvement as Kondratiev Wave off a similar mark.


LADY OF ARRAN was no match for a sharp winner at Lingfield last time but is a better mare around Kempton and can gain compensation in the supporting feature there on Monday, the Class 3 EBF Stallions Breeding Fillies’ Handicap (3.20).

Charlie Fellowes’ five-year-old – a novice winner over course and distance – produced a superb effort at Kempton in October when weaving a passage to finish close to the re-opposing Kwela over the same 7f.

She has a lump of weight in hand for this re-match and can get her head back in front off the same mark she ran off when finishing best of all behind Stay Classy over 7f at Lingfield last month.

Italian winner Exceed Loose is hard to assess on this UK debut for Marco Botti, who has done well with similar imports in recent years. She ran well in a Listed fillies’ race at the San Siro last May but is best watched on this All-Weather debut, conceding weight to all her rivals.

Surfing The Sand

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