Six of the eight races programmed for Kenilworth today are for fillies and mares so the card is likely to be challenging, although there seem to be two horses who can be relied upon to give a good account of themselves – Midnight Magenta in Race 3 and Seattle Magic in Race 7.
Seattle Magic is a lightly raced Sail From Seattle three-year-old who finished on the heels of the placed horses in her debut but made no mistakes second time out, when beating King’s Summit by 0.50 lengths. The runner-up went to Fairview to open her account 12 races later, placing seven times along the way.
Then rested, the Shane Humby-trained filly made an ultra-promising comeback, finishing fast and failing by just 0.30 lengths to beat First Favour over 1000m at Kenilworth this month.
This race seems to lack depth and there is improvement still to come from Seattle Magic. She should enjoy this 200m longer distance, which she tries for the first time, and she could well be hard to beat with Gareth Wright in the irons.
Ignition Lady, Metaphysical and Changing Heart look next best.
Midnight Magenta lost ground at the start but powered home, making up more than four lengths in the final 400m, and failed by 0.75 lengths to beat Chrisaldame over 1800m at Kenilworth in April in her last run.
Trainer Joey Ramsden has given her a short break and she could finally get her first win on record in this 1800m Maiden Plate, although she does face sterner opposition than Seattle Magic and there are a number of runners who will give cheek.
Tobesuretobesure tries further now but might prefer this distance after finishing a one-paced fifth behind Snow On Cedars over 1600m last time out. She is rarely unplaced and will finish in the frame again.
Hi Lana finished behind Tobesuretobesure in a race won by Casey’s Jet over 1600m last month but has scope for improvement in only her fifth career start and enjoyed stepping up in trip last time out, when fourth behind The Queen Vic over 2000m.
Midnight Magenta’s stable companion Chapel Hill is another who should be considered.
The main race of the afternoon is a MR 78 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1200m and this could be a race in three between Fairymaker, Chestnut Dancer and Money Surger.
Fairymaker beat Chestnut Dancer to win a 1200m Maiden Plate in February and is 2kg better off, which should see her finish ahead of her rival again. Chestnut Dancer, however, has improved and finished only a head behind Money Surger over the course and distance in April, with the winner sweeping through late to tag her on the line after she tried to make all.
Strangely, Chestnut Dancer is 0.5kg worse off with her rival, who went on to finish unplaced in the Listed Olympic Duel Stakes over 1200m, but there should still not be much between them again.
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