Classy line-up for 32Red Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton Park on Wednesday

November 21st, 2016 Fast-Track Qualifier

Star Storm (James Fanshawe/Tom Queally) heads 13 runners for the £40,000 Listed 32Red Wild Flower Stakes (6.55pm) over a mile and a half on Polytrack at Kempton Park on Wednesday, November 23.

The four-year-old captured the Group Three Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot in 2015 and was last seen out going down by a half-length to Western Hymn in the Listed 32Red Floodlit Stakes at Kempton Park on November 2.

Curbyourenthusiasm (David Simcock/Jamie Spencer) is another classy performer, having finished second in the G2 Yorkshire Cup in May, and returned to form with a smooth success in a 14-furlong handicap at Chelmsford City on November 5.

Chemical Charge (Sean Levey) starts his second spell with trainer Ralph Beckett. He was unbeaten in two starts for Beckett in 2014 before being sidelined and returned this year in the care of Irish trainer Ger Lyons. His three starts in Ireland included a close second to Sir Isaac Newton in the G3 International Stakes at the end of June.

Bess Of Hardwick (Luca Cumani/Jimmy Fortune) and French raider Dogma (Stephane Wattel/Theo Bachelot) clash again after finishing first and second in the Listed 32Red EBF Stallions River Eden Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield Park on October 27 (pictured).

Prince Of Arran (Charlie Fellowes/Stevie Donohoe) is out to maintain his 100 per cent record at Kempton Park after bolting up by four lengths in a 12-furlong handicap on November 2. That was his third victory at the course following eye-catching wins in a maiden and an 11-furlong handicap on his comeback in April.

Fellowes said: “Prince Of Arran is in good form. It is a step up in class but he won a decent handicap as he liked last time and has an interesting profile on the All-Weather.

“He has had his complications mentally in the past but I think we are way past that now having gelded him. The operation seems to have really settled him down which is obviously a big plus.

“We have all got Star Storm to beat. He looked pretty unlucky when getting touched off by a decent horse last time.

“I have never made any secret of how highly I regard Prince Of Arran. I think he is definitely up to Listed standard and would be disappointed if he is not.”

Other eye-catching contenders include Crimean Tatar (Hugo Palmer/Jack Mitchell), who won his only start by seven lengths at Newmarket in July, Not So Sleepy (Hughie Morrison/Liam Keniry), a winner at this level at Chester last season, and dual course scorer Elysian Fields (Amanda Perret/Kieran Shoemark).

Kempton Park’s eight-race card on Wednesday starts at 4.25pm and finishes at 7.55pm.

The next Fast-Track Qualifier is the £19,000 Fillies Conditions Stakes (5.45pm) at Wolverhampton on Friday, November 25, with the winner guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 Fillies And Mares Championships over the same distance at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14. 

Volunteer Point (Mick Channon) was successful in the Good Friday race last season and heads the 10 entries for Friday’s feature. Her potential rivals could include Golden Amber (Dean Ivory) and Squash (Charlie McBride), who was placed in two G3 contests earlier this year.