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Intended Runners

We are likely to have a quiet week this week with three runners: Prince Rock, Hector Loza and Emenem.

Prince Rock is due to run tomorrow at Chelmsford, in the 17.20 Hills Prospect Simply The Best Apprentice Handicap, over 6f, with Levi Williams taking the ride. This Society Rock gelding is still a maiden but has run consistently well in his last two starts, finishing second and third, respectively. Last time out at the same track, he broke alertly under Nicky Mackay but was keen during the early stages. He finally dropped his head and had every chance turning in to straight. He battled on well in the last two furlongs but was just tapped for toe in the later stages of the race. He has been dropped one pound and Levi’s extra seven pound claim should aid his chance.

Hector Loza is going to head to Chelmsford tomorrow as well. He will run in the 17.50 Hills Prospect Champagne & Prosecco Novice Stakes, over 6f, with Nicky Mackay riding. This Book 1 purchase made his racecourse debut at the end of June at Kempton, over 6f. He had a nice low draw and was quick from the stalls. He got a bump in the first furlong of the race which lit him up a bit but he didn’t give his jockey too much of a hard time. He travelled well in to the straight and was still on the bridle two furlongs from home. The eventual winner got first run on him but he stayed on really well in the last two furlongs to finish third. That was a very promising debut and we are hoping that he could be a nice prospect going forwards.

Emenem is going to Sandown on Wednesday for the 20.40 Devine Homes Handicap, over 1m 6f, with Oisin Murphy in the saddle. This Sir Percy gelding was last seen running over course and distance, finishing fourth of ten. He broke well and was very professional throughout the race. He tracked the leaders and was still travelling nicely turning in to the straight. He was asked to quicken two from home, by Harry Bentley and he looked to have every chance. He stayed on well but was just never really able to land a blow. The first three home were all ridden from off the pace so he did well to finish where he did. He has come out of that race in great order and we are pleased to have Oisin booked.

We have four likely runners this week: Brogan Bay, Mont Kiara, Chica De Noche and El Borracho.

Brogans Bay is entered at Lingfield on Wednesday, in the 15.10 TU Fund Managers Handicap, over 5f, with John Egan riding. This Born To Sea filly won her penultimate start with the same partnership, breaking her maiden. She was last seen finishing down the field at Kempton in an apprentice handicap at the beginning of the month. She broke quickly and was soon in a nice position, travelling in behind the leaders. She was keen in the early stages and didn’t make her jockeys life too easy. She was still going well when turning for home and looked to have every chance two furlongs out before tiring thereafter. She has come out of that race in good order and we are hoping she can run well now she is a course and distance winner.

Mont Kiara has options at Lingfield on Wednesday and Epsom on Thursday. This horse won first time out for us when dead heating at Kempton back in January but has been slightly out of form since. He was last seen finishing fourth of seven at Brighton under Tom Marquand. He broke quickly and was soon tracking the leaders. He travelled well and had every chance three furlongs from home but never picked up after that. We subsequently found out he bleed which is never ideal. He is training well at home and we are hoping he can run a nice race.

Chica De La Noche is due to run at Epsom on Thursday, in the 19.40 Premier Companies Handicap, over 7f, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This Teofilo filly has had an incredible season so far, finishing out of the frame once in her last 15 starts. She was last seen finishing down the field in a handicap at Lingfield. She broke well and was always up with the pace under Adam Kirby. She travelled well and appeared to have every chance when the pace started to quicken. She couldn’t land a blow in the last two furlongs and her run faded rather tamely. She has come out of that race in good form so we are hoping she can be competitive on Thursday.

El Borracho is also due to run at Epsom on Thursday. He will go in the 20.15 Good Luck Lucie Ince Handicap, over 1m 4f, with Adam Kirby booked. This Society Rock gelding is another who won on their penultimate start. He then went on to finish down the field at Salisbury at the weekend. He broke slowly and was held up towards the rear of the field by Levi Williams, who had won on him previously. He enjoys being held up and was always travelling well at the rear. He came with a very promising look run on the outside of the field, travelling very strongly but when asked to quicken he looked slightly one paced. He has come out of that race in fine form and we think he will suit Epsom well.

It was great to have a winner at our local track last week and it was great to get Mr Scaramanga’s nose in front after some fine efforts in defeat of late. We have a few horses to go to war with this week including tonight at Windsor.

Beat The Breeze is due to run later today, at Windsor, in the 18.20 Marathonbet “Better Odds Mean Bigger Winnings” EBF Novice Stakes, over 6f, with John Egan booked to ride. This Outstrip colt has had two career starts to date and was last seen finishing down the field at Lingfield. He was slow in to stride and soon settled towards the rear of the field. He wasn’t able to pick up in the straight and he was given an easy time of things when his chance had obviously gone. He will have his third run tonight and then he is likely to get more competitive when heading in to handicap company.

Recuerdame is going to run on Wednesday, at Kempton on Wednesday, in the 17.45 Wise Betting At Racingtv.com Handicap, over 1m, with Harry Bentley booked to ride. This US bred colt was last seen finishing down the field in a competitive extended mile handicap, at Epsom’s Spring Meeting. He broke well under SDS who got him in to a good position towards the front of the field. He travelled well and came down the hill with no problems and looked to have every chance turning for home. He found little under pressure and soon started to drop down the field. He has come out of that race in good order and it was just a likely case that he didn’t stay. He has been dropped 2lb for that effort which would obviously aid his cause this week.

Pacificadora is also going to run at Kempton on Wednesday. She will go in the 20.15 32Red Casino Handicap, over 1m, with Nicky Mackay in the saddle. This Declaration Of War filly has had three career starts to do date, with two very promising initial runs. She was third, first time out behind a filly now rated 92, which was a lovely debut and then followed that up with a cosy win at Chelmsford, in January. She was last seen finishing down the field in a novice event at Bath where she never really got in to the race. The ground was very quick that day and she had had a break so we feel it was a combination of the two that didn’t see her to best effect. She now has a mark of 70 and we would be hopeful that she can get competitive at some stage off that mark.

Mont Kiara could head to Salisbury on Saturday with El Borracho. Mont Kiara won first time out for us when dead heating at Kempton back in January but has been slightly out of form since. He was last seen finishing fourth of seven at Brighton under Tom Marquand. He broke quickly and was soon tracking the leaders. He travelled well and had every chance three furlongs from home but never picked up after that. We subsequently found out he bleed which is never ideal. He is training well at home and we are hoping he can run a nice race.

El Borracho got managed a third career success last time out, at Windsor. He was ridden by our 7lb claimer Levi Williams who executed tactics to perfection. He was settled in last position throughout the early stages of the race but was also keeping tabs on the rest of the field and travelling well within himself. The field quickened three from home and he was still travelling strongly at the rear but had plenty of ground to make up. Gaps in front of him closed quite quickly and he was forced to mount his challenge wide. He picked up very nicely under hands and heels and put the race to bed in decisive fashion. He has come out of that race in good form so we are hoping he can run well once again.

We have three likely runners this week after heading to Windsor later today with El Borracho.

Brogans Bay is likely to take her chance at Kempton on Wednesday, in the 17.50 Jockey Club Supporting Racing Staff Week Apprentice Handicap, over 6f, with Levi Williams taking off 5lb. This Born To Sea filly broke her maiden last time out in a, 5f handicap, at Lingfield. She broke sharply under John Egan who sent her to the front early. She took the field along in a settled fashion and kicked hard off the bend. She put a few lengths between herself and the rest of the field turning for home and stayed on strongly in the last furlong where she was there to be caught. In the end she won by ¾ of a length but it was a comfortable victory. She has been put up 4lb for that effort but now she has gained some confidence we are hoping she can progress.

Emenem has multiple options this week including Kempton on Wednesday, Epsom Thursday and Sandown on Friday. This Sir Percy gelding was last seen running a nice race at Windsor, finishing second of nine. He broke well and took a prominent position under Harry Bentley. He settled well and was still there with every chance three from home. He then got slightly outpaced before staying on well in the final furlong to grab second, close home. It was a good run given the soft ground would have been against him. He has come out of that race well and he should be competitive once again.

Mr Scaramanga is entered on Thursday, at Epsom Downs, in the 20.50 Langley Vale Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Flat Middle Distance Series Qualifier), over 1m 2f, with Tom Marquand booked. This Sir Percy gelding was last seen finishing down the field in a competitive handicap at Sandown. He broke well under Oisin Murphy who got him in to a nice position just in behind the leading pack. He travelled very well throughout the race and had every chance two furlongs from home. He found little under pressure and it was probably a case that he wasn’t mad keen on the soft ground. He has come out of that well and has been dropped 1lb which should aid his chance.

It was good to get another winner for the season with Brogans Bay breaking her maiden at Lingfield on Thursday evening. We have a few to go to war with again this week: Subliminal, Emenem, Hector Loza, Corazon Espinado, Mr Scaramanga, Roundabout Magic, Prince Rock and El Borracho.

Subliminal is running today at Wolverhampton, in the 20.00 Come To Gentleman’s Evening – 16th November Handicap, over 1m 0.5f, with Luke Morris booked to ride. This Arcano gelding has had a quick turnaround as he was only seen finishing second, last Thursday. We dropped him in trip that day and added blinkers for the first time since joining the yard. He broke well under Luke Morris who settled him in mid division. He was keen with the blinkers on in the early stages but dropped his head after a couple of furlongs. He got the split he needed turning for home and looked to have every chance. The eventual winner got first run on him in the home straight but he stayed on well and ran with plenty of credit. He came out of the race well and a repeat of that performance off the same mark should see him go close once again.

Emenem is going to head to Salisbury on Wednesday, for the 16.50 H S Lester Memorial Handicap, over 1m 6f, with Levi Williams taking off 7lb. This Sir Percy gelding was last seen running a nice race at Windsor, finishing second of nine. He broke well and took a prominent position under Harry Bentley. He settled well and was still there with every chance three from home. He then got slightly outpaced before staying on well in the final furlong to grab second, close home. It was a good run given the soft ground would have been against him. He has come out of that race well and we are looking forward to trying him over further.

Hector Loza could head to Kempton on Wednesday, in the 18.20 32Red Casino/EBFstallions.com Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race), over 6f, with Nicky Mackay riding. This Kodiac colt was purchased from Book 1 at Tattersalls as a yearling and we have been looking forward to getting him on the track since. He has black type in the family and has been working nicely at home so we are hoping he will be an exciting prospect for the future, albeit, he is likely to come on a lot from his first run.

Corazon Espinado has a couple of options this week but could head to Newmarket on Thursday, for the 16.25 TRM Calphormin Handicap, over 7f, with Tom Marquand booked at present. This Iffraaj colt was an expensive purchase as a yearling but has been a brilliant servant to the yard, no more so than when managing to hold on to win the last race on Oaks Day at our local track. He was given a brilliant ride by Tom Marquand who timed his fractions to perfection from the front. He had an equally willing partner in Corazon who was exceptionally tenacious and really battled well in the last two furlongs when it looked as though he was there to be caught. It was a tight finish but he just managed to hold on from a fast finishing Epsom trained horse making it a 1-2 for Epsom trainers which is brilliant for all involved. He won by a short head and has been put up 2lb for that effort so we are hoping that he will be able to get competitive once again.

Mr Scaramanga could go to Windsor on Saturday for the 16.35 Chartwell Cup (A Handicap), over 1m. This Sir Percy gelding was last seen finishing down the field in a competitive handicap at Sandown. He broke well under Oisin Murphy who got him in to a nice position just in behind the leading pack. He travelled very well throughout the race and had every chance two furlongs from home. He found little under pressure and it was probably a case that he wasn’t mad keen on the soft ground. He has come out of that well and has been dropped 1lb which should aid his chance back at a mile.

Roundabout Magic could also run on Saturday, weather permitting. If he does, he would head to Lingfield, for the 18.45 Witheford Equine Barrier Trials 2nd July Handicap, over 5f. This son of Zebedee had a long time off the track prior to his penultimate start due to a niggly problem he had. He needed his first run back and ran well before tiring in the later stages and then showed the progression we were hoping for last time. He broke well but was settled towards the rear of the field by Nicky Mackay. He travelled with all of his usual enthusiasm but had a lot of ground to make up turning for home. He was unlucky not to get the gaps at the right time but when they came he picked up in really pleasing fashion in the last furlong. He has come out of that in great order and if he were to run a similar race again he wouldn’t be far way.

Prince Rock could also go to Lingfield on Saturday. He is entered in the 19.45 D-Day 75 Classified Stakes, over 6f.  This Society Rock gelding was last seen finishing second at Chelmsford. He was drawn wide and after leaving the stalls was detached by himself, wide of the field for the first two furlongs. He was then dropped in and he travelled very well, still on the bridle three from home. He had a mountain to climb turning for home but he really enjoyed passing horses in the straight and did very well to finish second. He has come out of that in good order and if we can be a bit luckier with the draw at the weekend he should have a chance on that effort.

El Borracho is likely to be the last runner of the week. He has been entered at Windsor on Sunday, in the 17.00 Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap, over 1m 3.5f. This is another son of Society Rock and he was last seen running at the weekend, at Lingfield. He broke well and had a nice position behind the leaders for most of the race. He was ridden to try and mount a challenge two furlongs out but was awkward for Marquand and he didn’t really pick up. After his very good run on his penultimate start that was a disappointing effort but it was his first time over that far and it is likely he just struggled to get home. He was fine after the race and should be good to go again this weekend.

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