Thunder Love confirmed her promise in the opening contest at Kempton on Wednesday evening, as the two-year-old defied a penalty to claim a comfortable victory in the Filles’ Restricted Novice Stakes.
George Boughey’s prospect was an easy winner at the course in March and she continued to show progress here, justifying her short price of 2/5 and potentially putting Royal Ascot in the picture this season.
The filly raced keenly but she thundered clear of Archie Watson’s Stunt in the final furlong, going on to win by five and a half lengths.
Global Mirage kept on well in the final stages to claim second for Chris Dwyer, while Modern Artist and Adaaydreambeliever finished closely behind in third and fourth.
Goolwa caused an upset in the 1m4f Fillies’ Novices Stakes, landing victory at odds of 33/1.
The daughter of Australia bounced back from an underwhelming debut at the course in December, travelling well and pushing into the lead with a furlong to go.
Andrew Balding’s filly began to pull away from John and Thady Gosden’s Franklet in the final stages and went on to score comfortably by two lengths.
Tiger Crusade produced a quick turn of foot late on in the Class 3 7f Handicap for David Simcock, pulling clear to win by two and three-quarter lengths.
The colt showed his ability in the closing stages, pulling clear of the challenging No Nonsense in the final furlong to win easily.
Kim Bailey’s Blazon established himself as a Kempton specialist with his fourth C&D win in eight starts after the gelding landed the two-mile handicap, while Ariel claimed the 7f handicap for Charles Hill.
Paxos defied a 6lb rise in the ratings to win the Class 5 7f Handicap for Ed Walker, while Rae Guest’s Aramis Grey landed the 5f Fillies’ Handicap.