By Peter Moore 31st January 2024
Kempton Park’s last midweek fixture of the month consisted of eight races, and turned out to be a fine evening’s racing.
The opening race on the card went to the 11-8 favourite Charlie’s Choice ridden by Callum Shepherd and trained by Newmarket trainer David Simcock.
The four year old backed up his previous outing which was a career best run at Wolverhampton 24 days ago when he won an 11 runner handicap on the AW surface, by getting the better of Sea Of Charm to win by 2 and a quarter lengths.
There was a small field for the second race of the evening with seven runners contesting a mile handicap.
The Eve Johnson Houghton trained four year old filly Lady Of Arabia took the honours with Hector Crouch in the saddle.
There was an upset in the next race on the card when the Andrew Balding trained King’s Vanity was sent off an odds on favourite, but was beaten by the David Menuisier trained Metaverse, who appeared to have come on from his previous outing at this track when he finished sixth of 12 just two weeks ago in a 6f race.
It was turning out to be a profitable night for favourite backers when the impressive Brewing continued his love for the AW, making it five wins on the surface. Tom Marquand gave the horse a beautiful ride and was always doing enough to get the better of his other half Hollie Doyle on Silver Samurai.
Jockey Jack Mitchell continued his rich vein of form on the AW surfaces by getting Mostly Sunny home in the 1m 3f handicap. The horse was dropped back in trip and blinkers reapplied which appeared to have made a big difference.