There are some useful sprinters in action in a good-quality six-furlong conditions race (18:30) at Kempton on Wednesday evening, with seven runners set to head to post in the £25,000 event. Timeform's weight-adjusted ratings are narrowly headed by Mischief Magic (123) who showed smart form during a successful juvenile campaign last season.
Mischief Magic won four of his six starts, including the Sirenia Stakes over this course and distance and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland. He's been disappointing on both starts this season but has been gelded and given plenty of time since finishing down the field in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and makes his return with the Charlie Appleby stable in flying form (has the Hot Trainer Flag). This represents a marked drop in grade for Mischief Magic who holds strong claims based on his juvenile form.
Brad The Brief (122) also drops in class having contested the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville a couple of months ago on his latest outing. He made no impact at Deauville and had also been below his best in two previous starts this season, but he was a smart sprinter last term and was successful at Group 2 level in the Greenlands Stakes. He is fitted with cheekpieces for the first time on his return from a couple of months off and is clearly entitled to respect on the pick of his efforts.
Misty Grey (120+) is another who hasn't been at his best this season but he ran respectably when sixth in a good-quality seven-furlong handicap at Chelmsford last month on what was his first start on the all-weather this term. His overall record on the all-weather is an excellent one, and he has shown some smart form in the past, including at this six-furlong trip.
Desert Cop (114) is another with a positive record on the all-weather having notably landed the three-year-old sprint on AW Finals Day at Newcastle on Good Friday. He hasn't kicked on from that on turf and a 4 lb penalty means others are more appealing on these terms, but the return to this surface could suit. His trainer Andrew Balidng has the Hot Trainer Flag.
Aramis Grey (112) is a course-and-distance winner and shaped with encouragement when third in a six-furlong handicap at Wolverhampton last month so it would be little surprise to see her give a good account, for all others hold stronger form claims.
Baldomero (107) and Never Just A Dream (114) are both returning from time off. Baldomero was last seen finishing down the field at Epsom in June and looks to face a tough task outside of handicap company, while Never Just A Dream makes his first start since failing to land a blow in a Group 3 at Meydan in February. He created a good impression and was successful on all three starts on the all-weather in Britain last season, though, and the booking of James Doyle - which has generated the Jockey Uplift Flag - is a positive.
Timeform's Analyst Verdict:
A very useful conditions event with MISCHIEF MAGIC and Brad The Brief expected to fight it out given they drop down from Group 1 company. Marginal preference is for the Godolphin 3-y-o back from a break/gelding operation.
Timeform's weight-adjusted ratings:
123 Michief Magic
122 Brad The Brief
120+ Misty Grey
114 Desert Cop
114 Never Just A Dream
112 Aramis Grey
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