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Snowdrop Fillies Stakes Preview – Saturday 7th April

Last updated: April 6, 2018 by Leon Marshal

The feature race at Kempton Park on Saturday is the Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes over a mile. The race is restricted to fillies and mares aged four years and over and was first run in 2004. Trainer Marco Botti has farmed the race in recent seasons, winning the last three runnings with Lady Dutch (2015), Kyllachy Queen (2016) and Aljazzi (2017). James Fanshawe has trained the winner on two occasions while Sir Michael Stoute was successful with Heaven Sent in 2008.

A jockey riding for the line at Kempton

Smart Call tops the ratings at Kempton

Official ratings point to Stoute’s six-year-old South African-bred mare Smart Call. She was a three-time Grade 1 winner in her native country before joining the Newmarket yard last May. She took a little time to acclimatise but ran well in defeat when fourth in the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville in August.

That was over ten furlongs and she last ran over a mile and a half in the Hong Kong Vase. She started at odds of 155-1 but was far from disgraced when seventh behind Highland Reel. Her overall form suggests that a mile will be the bare minimum for her this season and a wide draw in stall ten is another concern.

Jeremy Noseda was dreaming of the Kentucky Derby after Gronkowski won at Newcastle last weekend. Abe Lincoln also ran well for the stable at the Lingfield All-Weather Championships so his horses are in form. The Noseda representative here is La Figlia, a four-year-old daughter of Frankel.

La Figlia is still a maiden but was only a length and a half behind Muffri’Ha in a Listed race at Newmarket in September. The winner is rated 107, just 3lbs inferior to the favourite Smart Call. If La Figlia has improved through the winter, she should go well here under James Doyle.

Shenanigans steps up in class

Roger Varian saddles Shenanigans, a four-year-old daughter of Arcano. She has won handicaps at Goodwood and Newmarket, most recently off a mark of 91. Shenanigans was then beaten by Peach Melba off a 4lbs higher mark in October. She took quite a keen hold that day and Andrea Atzeni will be keen to get her settled early on.

French-trained horses enjoyed great success at the recent All-Weather Championships. Hunaina flies the flag here, a four-year-old by Tamayuz out of a Danehill Dancer mare. She is fit from a win at Chantilly in March and was a close third in a Listed race at Deauville in January. Hunaina was formerly trained in Ireland and has clearly improved since winning a Dundalk handicap in October.

A horse in the galloping form bolting across the Kempton turf

Carolinae and Lucymai finished finishing second and third respectively behind Diagnostic at the All-Weather Championships. Carolinae posted a career-best effort that day but stall nine is not ideal. Lucymai was staying on well after an untidy start and it should be close between the two fillies again on Saturday.

Paco’s Angel was a good third at Royal Ascot last summer but has only raced once since for Richard Hughes. That was a slightly disappointing effort at Sandown in July and she will probably need this race to sharpen her up.

Kempton Betting Tips

La Figlia @6-1 Ladbrokes

Hunaina @7-1

Each-way 1/5 odds, 1,2,3

The Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes is due off at 3.15 on Saturday 7th April and will be televised live on ITV4.