The prolonged spell of glorious weather continues to bask the country by day but it was Pilaster who lit-up Kempton by night as the daughter of Nathaniel strolled to a six-length success in the twelve-furlong fillies’ novice under David Egan, supplementing last month’s Chelmsford victory to readily defy a penalty and confirm herself to be a filly with stakes potential further down the line.
Later on the card, Epic Challenge and Faadhel took out each division of the one mile handicap for three-year-olds and upwards with both breaking their respective maidens under Andrea Atzeni.
Owned by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, Epic Challenge travelled smoothly in behind the leaders before readily asserting inside the final quarter mile, winning by a comfortable two lengths at the line. Although things did not pan out so smoothly for Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum’s Faadhel, who was under pressure a long way from home, he stayed on resolutely to nose his way in front on the line.
Last but by no means least, Queen Of Desire made it two wins from two starts over the flying five furlongs at Bath when winning her second career start under Jack Mitchell.
Roger said: “Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Thompson, Saleh and Imad, Sheikh Ahmed and Steve Parkin on their victories this evening and it was great to start July with such a bang. Hopefully we can continue the momentum into the major festivals over the next few weeks and all four horses look capable of winning again across the course of the summer.
"Thank you to all of the team back home for their continued hard work - I am delighted their endeavours are paying off on the racecourse.”