Kempton Preview: Secret set for more Success
Secret Success has a good record at Kempton and can further enhance it by landing the 7f apprentice handicap which gets action underway there this evening (6.20).
The Paul Cole trained gelding has won two of his four starts at the track, with both those successes coming over a mile.
The four-year-old now drops back to 7f, but judged on the manner in which Secret Success scored at Lingield on his penultimate start it should not inconvenience.
The son of Exceed And Excel showed blistering early pace to make all and win easing down by two lengths from Sonnetation off a handicap mark of 64, and now gets into this off just 5lb higher.
That should enable Secret Success to be really competitive, especially now returned to his favoured polytrack surface after a below par effort at Newmarket last time out.
Other pluses are that Secret Success has the services of the talented Louis Steward in the saddle, and a good draw in stall two from which to attack.
In the 1m handicap (6.50), Spirit Of Gondree looks a big price and a bit of each-way value now reunited with jockey Adam Kirby.
The six-year-old is a dual course and sitance winner, and Kirby was in the saddle on both occasions.
The last of those successes came back in March, where Spirit Of Gondree weaved through horses before quickening clear to win easily by 2 1/2 lengths off a mark of 60.
Although the Milton Bradley trained gelding has disappointed in three subsequent starts, the son of Invicible Spirit is now running off just 4lb higher as a result and it would be no suprise to see him bounce back under Kirby in a race which should be run to suit.
Arashi reserves his best for Kempton and can defy a career-high mark in the 2m handicap (8.20) now returned to his favourite stomping ground.
The Derek Shaw trained gelding is a five time winner at the track, and four of those successes have come over this evening’s trip.
The eight-year-old looked better than ever when landing back-to-back successes over course and distance prior to getting beaten over 1m 6f on the turf at Nottingham last time out, and has struck up an excellent partnership with jockey Tom Queally.
The son of Fantastic Light is now 4lb higher than when last successful, but Arashi scored with a bit in hand that day and looks sure to make a bold bid to make it course win number six.
6.20: Secret Success (NAP)
6.50: Spirit Of Gondree
7.20: Gilbey’s Mate
8.20: Arashi (NB)
8.50: Artful Rogue
9.20: Angel Way