Road to Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes Study Guide

Mar 04, 2020 John Mucciolo/

A compact field of five will travel 1 mile on the synthetic surface at Kempton on Wednesday in the $80,000 Road to the Kentucky Derby Conditions S. The 2020 European Road to the Kentucky Derby event will reward the top-four finishers with points on a 20-8-4-2 basis.

Here is the field:
Ayr Harbour Career Racing Stats
  • 5 Starts
  • 2 Wins
  • 1 Place
  • 1 Show
Total Career Earnings: $21,394
Owner: Jabra Racing
Trainer: Michael Appleby
Jockey: Alistair Rawlinson
Sire: Harbour Watch
Dam: Sorella Bella
This bay colt enters the race in fine form with two wins in succession on all-weather ovals at Lingfield and Newcastle. The improving sophomore has speed and the rail, but he will need a step forward to challenge the top guns late on this occasion. Alistair Rawlinson will guide the Michael Appleby charge.
Berlin Tango Career Racing Stats
  • 4 Starts
  • 1 Wins
  • 0 Place
  • 2 Show
Total Career Earnings: $14,631
Owner: George Strawbridge
Trainer: Andrew Balding
Jockey: Oisin Murphy
Sire: Dansili
Dam: Fantasia
This steadily improving son of Dansili was a very good third in a stakes run at Doncaster in his 2-year-old finale. The Andrew Balding pupil has yet to run on a synthetic oval, but he has a fine foundation and could be the one to beat off of his 2019 form. Regular rider Oisin Murphy will be in the silks atop the well-bred colt.
Chares Career Racing Stats
  • 3 Starts
  • 3 Wins
  • 0 Place
  • 0 Show
Total Career Earnings: $62,905
Owner: Mr. Y. H. Hue
Trainer: Jane Chapple-Hyam
Jockey: John Egan
Sire: Ivawood
Dam: Coco Demure
Unbeaten French import will make his first run for new connections after commanding a hefty final bid when sold last fall. Stakes winner showed versatility in overcoming soft conditions in a game tally at Lyon most recently, and he makes his first run on an all-weather strip on Wednesday. The chestnut would be of little surprise beneath John Egan.
Naval Commander Career Racing Stats
  • 1 Starts
  • 0 Wins
  • 1 Place
  • 0 Show
Total Career Earnings: $1,357
Owner: Mrs. Jackie Cornwell
Trainer: Robyn Brisland
Jockey: Kieran O’Neill
Sire: French Navy
Dam: Quail Landing
Second-time starter was unlucky not to have graduated when runner-up on debut at Southwell. The French Navy colt comes back in a tough spot today, but he could be a factor with a better break from the gate while making his stakes bow. Kieran O’Neill will be in the controls.
New World Tapestry Career Racing Stats
  • 4 Starts
  • 1 Wins
  • 0 Place
  • 1 Show

Total Career Earnings: $11,644

Owner: Michael Tabor et al’s
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
Jockey: Ryan Moore
Sire: War Front
Dam: Tapestry
Aidan O’Brien youngster scratched out of the Patton S. over the weekend to try this cast. The son of War Front out of a classy Group 1 heroine faced some of Europe’s most promising juveniles during his four-race 2019 campaign, and he lands in a reasonable spot to commence his 3-year-old season. The Triple Crown nominee looms large in his second try over synthetic ground with Ryan Moore on board.

(Photo Courtesy Kempton Park)

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