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Intended Runners

The yard came right back to form last week after struggling for winners for a couple of months. We had three winners in the form of Que Quieres, Mont Kiara and Prince Rock, whilst Mr Scaramanga, Subliminal and Sparkalot all ran fine races in defeat.

We are likely to have three representatives this week: Mythical Madness, Recuerdame and Subliminal.

Mythical Madness is likely to run on Wednesday at Lingfield, in the 13.45 Betway Casino Handicap, over 1m 2f, with Luke Morris taking the ride. This Dubawi gelding has been a grand old servant to connections, consistently running well in Class 2 and 3 handicaps over the years. He is a recent acquisition from David O’Meara and has settled in to Clear Height well since arriving at the yard. He is on a high enough mark but normally runs well on the all weather so he is a welcome addition to the team.

Recuerdame is likely to run at Kempton on Wednesday, in the 19.10 racingtv.com Handicap, over 1m, with Hollie Doyle booked. This US bred gelding was last seen finishing down the field in a seven furlong handicap at Lingfield, at the end of November. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Adam Kirby. He travelled well but got shuffled back at quite a crucial stage and was always going to struggle after that. He stayed on well enough in the straight but wasn’t able to get competitive. He has run well at Kempton in the past and would be well handicapped on his second there in the summer.

Subliminal is likely to take his chance on Saturday at Wolverhampton, in the 16.50 All Weather Championship Season 7 Handicap, over 1m 0.5f, with Luke Morris getting the leg up. This Arcano gelding ran at Lingfield last week and was arguably unlucky not to win. He broke well under apprentice Thore Hammer Hansen who got him in to a nice position on the inside just behind the leaders. He travelled well in blinkers and was still on the bridle turning for home. He needed the gaps to come in the straight and they duly shut in front of home when making steady head way in the last furlong. His chance was gone after that but he stayed on well all the same. He has come out of that race in good form so we are hoping he gets more luck this weekend.

We are likely to have three runners this week: Que Quieres, Mont Kiara and Roundabout Magic.

Que Quieres is due to run tomorrow at Chelmsford, in the 19.15 Christmas Party Nights Handicap, over 1m 6f, with Luke Morris taking the ride. This US bred gelding ran an improved race first time in a handicap, last time out. He was held up towards the rear of the field by Tom Marquand who settled him in to a nice rhythm. He relaxed during the race but was on and off the bridle quite a long way from home. At one stage it looked more likely that he was going to finish last than first but he found underneath Marquand’s urgings and he ended up staying on really well in the home straight. He wasn’t able to challenge the short priced favourite but it was a creditable effort. We are hoping that he can run well once again, back in handicap company.

Mont Kiara is likely to take his chance at Chelmsford on Thursday, in the 18.30 Bet In Play At totesport.com Handicap, over 6f. This six year old gelding was last seen finishing down the field at Kempton at the end of October. He won on his first start for the yard, when dead heating at Kempton at the beginning of the year but has struggled to get competitive since then. He won that race off a mark of 72 and will make his next race course appearance off a mark of 56 so he is well handicapped on his best form; however he is not the most consistent of horses. He will also need a few to come out of the race in order to get a run.

Roundabout Magic could head to Chelmsford with Mot Kiara on Thursday. He is entered in the 20.00 Laser’s Mini Bus Dash Handicap, over 5f. This Zebedee colt was last seen finishing down the field in a turf event at Brighton at the beginning of October. His best recent run was four starts ago when getting his favoured conditions at Lingfield, over 5f and races have been sparse there since. He came out of his latest run in good order and should be able to do himself credit on Thursday whilst he continues to drop down the weights.

We’ve got a quiet week this week with just the one runner.

Brogans Bay will run tomorrow at Chelmsford, in the 19.55 Buy Your 2020 CCR Membership Now Handicap, over 6f. This Born To Sea filly has one career win to her name and was last seen finishing last in a handicap at Lingfield. She broke with her customary early speed and was soon take the field along. She travelled well and led in to the straight but faded very soon after that. It was a disappointing effort but she came out of that race none the worse so we are hoping she can run slightly better this week.

 

We could have six runners this week, starting at Kempton tomorrow.

Corazon Espinado is going to take his chance tomorrow, at Kempton, in the 19.00 32Red.com Handicap, over 1m, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This Iffraaj colt ran a decent race last time out after being off the track for over three months. He was ridden by Silvestre de Sousa on that occasion. The pair broke quickly and were soon taking the field along. SDS set decent fractions and Corazon settled well in front. He was obviously there to be shot at turning for home but he stayed on creditably to finish third of twelve. We were happy with that given he was likely to need the run so we are hoping he will be able to run slightly better tomorrow.

Thursday will be busy five entries: Prince Rock is likely to run at Chelmsford in the 16.55 Bet At totesport.com Classified Stakes, over 7f. This Society Rock ran another frustratingly consistent race yesterday at Chelmsford. He was slowly away after rearing at the start of the race and was always going to find life difficult after that. He attached himself to the back of the field and was travelling well enough towards the rear. Turning for home he did well to start weaving through the field and made up a lot of ground before getting short of room in the last furlong. He had to be switched up the inside rail and stayed on well after that. In the end he was fourth of thirteen. He now remains a maiden after 23 races but we are sure he will be able to win a small race at some point if things drop his way.

Recuerdame could head to Kempton on Thursday, for the 17.10 100% Profit Boost At 32Redsport.com Handicap, over 7f. This US bred gelding was last seen finishing down the field at Epsom. Adam Kirby rode him prominently that day and he travelled well just behind the leaders. Turning for home he had every chance but faded very tamely up the straight. That was his second poor run at Epsom and we feel he may just not like the track. He has dropped in the weights again and should run well at a track he likes.

Albishr is also likely to run at Kempton on Thursday. He will run in the 19.40 100% Profit Boost At 32Redsport.com Handicap, over 1m 4f. This Clodovil gelding has been somewhat disappointing since joining the yard from Richard Hannon’s 2017 when he was rated 101. The fact that will be running this week off a mark of 57 tells you all you need to know about his recent performances. We are hoping the step up in trip will eek out some much needed improvement.

Mont Kiara and Brogans Bay are entered in the same race on Thursday at Kempton. The former will get in the race, the later may not. Mont Kiara won over course and distance first time out for the yard, at the beginning of the year when dead heating but was unable to really progress from there. He won that race off a mark of 72 and finds himself running off 59 so he is well handicapped on his best form but needs to put a few recent below par runs behind him if he is going to win this week.

We had a few placed efforts last week so it was good so see the horses coming back to some level of form. We are likely to have a relatively busy week with six entries at present.

Mungo’s Quest could start off the week on Tuesday, at Kempton, in the 16.55 Bet At racingtv.com Nursery Handicap, over 1m, with Hector Crouch taking the ride. This Sir Prancealot gelding ran his best race to date, when last seen at Kempton. He broke well and was settled in mid division by Hector Crouch during the early stages of the race. He was still travelling well turning for home but got slightly outpaced shortly after that. He was pulled out for a run two furlongs from home and when he got some day light he stayed on quite pleasingly. He was an improvement on his previous starts but that run has given him a 10lb hike in the weight which will make his life tougher when he runs on Tuesday.

Sparkalot is also due to run on Tuesday, at Kempton, in the 19.30 32Red Handicap, over 6f with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This Bated Breath gelding had a long time off the track between this year and last year with a few issues and has only had two runs back since August. He was last seen finishing down the field at Chelmsford, over 5f with Levi Williams riding. He was held up towards the rear of the field that day and travelled with plenty of enthusiasm at the back. He had a lot of ground to make up in the home straight and stayed on well enough without challenging the placed horses. He has been dropped 1lb for that effort and with Tom on board he should have a decent chance.

El Borracho has the option of running on Tuesday at Kempton or Wednesday at Wolverhampton. This Society Rock gelding was last seen running a decent race, finishing in mid division at Kempton over 1m 3f at the beginning of the month. He was held up as usual by P J McDonald who switched him off well, at the rear of the field. He stayed there until making his move in the home straight and stayed on without quickening in the last two furlongs. He has come out of that race in good form and with a slight drop in the weights hopefully he will finish a little closer next time around.

Prince Rock is likely to take his chance on Wednesday, at Wolverhampton, in the 18.55 Betway Classified Stakes, over 6f, with Levi Williams taking off 7lb.  This Society Rock gelding has been frustratingly, consistent of late, being placed on all but one of his last nine starts. He was third again last time out at Chelmsford, under Adam Kirby where he broke well and was settled in mid division. He was keen enough during the early part of the race and Kirby did well to give him every chance turning for home. He did have every chance but wasn’t able to quicken up like the eventual winner. He has come out of that race in good form and we are hoping that he will get a deserved win on the board soon enough.

Te Amo Te Amo could join the aforementioned at Kempton. He is currently entered in the 20.10 Wise Betting At racingtv.com Handicap, over 6f. This son of Kyllachy was a relatively expensive purchase from The Breeze Up Sales last year and it’s fair to say he has been slightly disappointing so far. He has been gelded since his last run in June which he has coped with well enough and has also been dropped 3lb in the handicap. We are hoping that his little operation will bring about some improvement and it will need to if he is going to get competitive this week.

Subliminal is due to run on Thursday, at Chelmsford, in the 20.00 Double Delight Hat-Trick Heaven At totesport.com Handicap, over 1m, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This Arcano gelding is another who has had a break and hasn’t been seen since the end of August where he finished last of seven at Lingfield. He had been on the go a while at the point and has done well for a short break. He is nearly off his last winning mark but is likely to come on for the run a bit this week.

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