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The yard continues to be in decent form with Native Fighter running a nice race last week to finish second at Newmarket. We have five potential runners this week: Recuerdame, Prince Rock, Roundabout Magic, Bobby Biscuit and Sparkalot.
Recuerdame is due to run on Thursday at Goodwood, in the 14.00 European Breeders Fund EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race), over 6f, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This US bred colt breezed at Newmarket earlier in the year and was then bought back by Robert Moss. The dam has had five foals and four winners. He is a well put together sort and despite being an April foal he is precocious enough to make his racecourse debut. He will learn a lot for the run and we are hoping he can be a nice prospect going forwards.
Prince Rock is entered at Lingfield on Thursday, in the 14.15 Injured Jockeys Fund Novice Stakes, over 7f. He has had three career starts to date and has been rather uninspiring so far. Last time out at Windsor he was awkward from the stalls and always in behind horses. He was exceptionally green throughout the race and was never able to keep tabs when the field quickened. He has come out of that race in good form and that should have taken some of the freshness out of him. He has been given a lowly rating of 44 by the handicapper and should have more chance when going handicapping.
Roundabout Magic could also run on Thursday at Lingfield. He will run in the 15.25 Menzies Distribution Handicap, over 5f, with Nicky Mackay taking the ride. This Zebedee colt is this size of a pony but he has the heart of a lion and gave his syndicate something else to get excited about last time out at Brighton, scoring his first ever success on turf. He was the outsider of four on that occasion but he didn’t know that. He broke quickly but was held up towards the rear by Mackay who did a good job at getting him settled. He travelled with all of his usual enthusiasm and two furlongs from home he was pulled out to the middle of the track to mount a challenge. He showed a good turn of foot in the last furlong and swooped fast and late to get on top where it mattered most to win by a short head. He has come out of that race very well and is on good terms with himself at home. This horse is all about speed, he wants the shortest trip, quickest ground and a fast pace to run at. If the rain stays away from Lingfield until Thursday he should run well again.
Bobby Biscuit is likely to head to Goodwood on Thursday. He will run in the 15.45 Frescobaldi Handicap, over 1m 1f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This Scat Daddy colt is a beautiful looking horse and has only had four starts to date. He was fourth on debut behind a Godolphin horse who is now rated 106. He then went on to win his second start and was chucked in at the deep end on his third start when finishing tailed off in a Conditions race. He was last seen finishing third of seven at Chelmsford over a mile with Marquand taking the ride again. He was a bit slow away from the stalls and had to be niggled early to get a decent position. He was settled just in behind the leaders and got in to a nice rhythm after a couple of furlongs. He had every chance turning for home but stayed on rather than quickening in the last three furlongs. It was a creditable run at the time and subsequent results have probably demonstrated that it was a very good run. The fourth has since come out and won, the second has one twice and finished second twice and the winner has won again. He looks as though he will appreciate the extra furlong so if he can get a bit of luck in running he should run well.
Sparkalot is entered at Goodwood on Friday, in the 16.20 Thames Materials Bulk Excavations Handicap, over 6f, with Luke Morris booked. This Bated Breath colt has been progressive throughout the winter and from his eight career starts has won four of them. He was last seen running in a Class 2 handicap for the first time, when third of six at Kempton. He was switched off towards the rear of the field by Morris and he settled well. Turning for home he was still last of the field and had plenty of ground to make up. He was switched widest of the field to make his challenge and he quickened up well. The line came a bit too soon but he did not finish far behind the winner at all. He is training well and it will be good to get him back on turf to see if he can continue his progression.
El Borracho ran a much better race on Monday, at Windsor, finishing fifth of nine. It was a big step up in trip for him and his first try over a middle distance. He was switched off at the rear by Oisin Murphy who managed to settle him well. He was unfortunately hampered by a loose horse a few furlongs from home which didn’t help and could have ultimately cost him a place. He stayed on well enough in the closing stages without quickening and it was a creditable performance.
Native Fighter could take his chance tomorrow, at Newmarket, in the 18.55 Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap, over 1m 4f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This Lawman colt has been a lovely acquisition for the yard from Germany and has had five starts for the yard to date. He was placed on his first two starts before winning twice at Kempton. He was then stepped up in grade and ran in a very competitive handicap at Epsom at the April meeting. He broke well from a wide draw and was settled in mid division on the outside of the field by David Egan. He relaxed and travelled well, handling Tattenham Corner with ease. He looked to have every chance three furlongs from home but was unable to quicken up enough in more competitive company. He did well to finish sixth whilst running 3lbs out of the handicap. He has come out of that race in good order and we are hoping he can continue his progression on Thursday.
We have five likely runners to go to war with this week: Roundabout Magic, Albishr, Sparkalot, Corazon Espinado and Mr Scaramanga.
Roundabout Magic is due to run on Tuesday, at Brighton, in the 14.00 bet Online Now! Starsports.bet Handicap, over 5.5f, with Nicky Mackay on board. This Zebedee colt is a lovely little horse and gave his syndicate a lot of fun at Lingfield over the winter months. His best form had always been at Lingfield, over 5f but was last seen at Windsor and probably ran his best race on turf. He broke well as he always does and was settled in mid field by Tom Marquand. He settled very well, which is something he has struggled to do in the past. He looked to have every chance when pulled to the outside of the field for a run up the middle of the track and stayed on well in the last furlong. He was fourth in the end but it was a creditable performance on ground that would not have seen him to best effect. He remains on the same mark and the race has cut up with only four runners. If the ground is good and he switches off early on he would have a chance to record his first turf success.
Albishr is likely to take his chance at Ascot on Friday, in the 19.05 AGV Handicap, over 7f, with Tom Marquand in the saddle. This Clodovil colt was purchased from Richard Hannon during the Horse In Training Sales and since finishing second in a Listed race at Salisbury during his two year old career he has been somewhat disappointing. We experimented with a drop down in trip last time when tried over 5f at Sandown. He broke well enough but was outpaced from an early stage and always looked in trouble. It was a creditable enough run given the trip and he has come out of the race in good form. He will be back up in trip on Friday but it looks a very tough race.
Sparkalot is likely to join Albishr on Friday and head to Ascot. He will run in the 19.40 Montfort Handicap, over 6f, with Luke Morris taking the ride. This Bated Breath colt has been highly progressive for the yard and has won four of his eight career starts. He won very nicely at Kempton on his penultimate start before being stepped up in grade to run in a Class 2 handicap, at Kempton. He was held up in last place by Morris on that occasion and settled well at the rear of the field. He travelled well and was still very much on the bridle turning in to the straight. The pace quickened in the last two furlongs and he looked to have every chance. He accelerated well but just struggled to get up on the line. He was only half a length behind the winner and it proved he was up to the grade. He has come out of the race in great form and it will be exciting to get him back on the turf over a track and trip we feel will suit him well.
Corazon Espinado will join his stable mates on Friday and head to Ascot for the 20.10 Ascot Handicap, over 1m, on the straight course with Tom Marquand taking the ride. Another progressive horse for the yard, this Iffraaj colt scored a hatrick when winning at his home track, Epsom, last time out. He broke well and was settled just in behind the leaders by Silvestre De Sousa. He travelled well and dropped his head nicely during the middle part of the race. He negotiated Tattenham Corner like an utter professional and gave himself every chance with three furlongs left to travel. He was shaken up to maintain his position by SDS and he responded very well. It was tight at the finish but under a strong drive he managed to stick his neck out where it mattered most. He has come out of the race in good order and is ready to roll again. Friday will be tougher once more but he has been put up 3lb by the handicapper which we are hoping will not stop him just yet.
Mr Scaramanga is entered in The Victoria Cup on Saturday, at Ascot. This Sir Percy colt has now dropped to a mark where he was able to get very competitive on the all weather, over the winter months, most notably when going down by a nose to Goring, who was exceptionally progressive at Lingfield. He was last seen running in The All Weather Championships at Lingfield, where he ran very well to finish fifth of eleven to pick up some decent prize money. He came out of that well and is training nicely at home. One of his best career performances probably came when finishing fourth to Churchill in the Chesham at Royal Ascot so we are hoping he can run well.
A brilliant week last week with Corazon Espinado racking up a three wins on the bounce and no better place to do that than at our local track, Epsom.
We have four likely runners this week in the form of: Roundabout Magic, Prince Rock, El Borracho and Le Torrent.
Roundabout Magic is due to run today at Windsor, in the 18.10 Cabbage Patch Twickenham Handicap, over 5f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This Zebedee colt had a brilliant season on the all weather over the winter, winning at Lingfield, twice. Last time he was drawn wide and was always going to struggle after being dropped in at the rear of the field. It will be good to get him back of the turf but he really wants quick ground and with the forecast rain it could hinder his chance.
Prince Rock will also head to Windsor today. He runs in the 20.10 Impact Marathon Series Novice Stakes, over 1m, with Marquand riding again. This son of Society Rock has had two career starts to date and has been rather uninspiring in both. Last time out he was slowly away and was never really able to keep tabs with the rest of the field. He has been gelded since and has been given a break. He is growing up all of the time but is a work in progress for the rest of the season.
El Borracho is due to run tomorrow, at Kempton, in the 20.15 32Red On The App Store Handicap, over 1m, with Oisin Murphy on board. This horse is another son of Society Rock and scored on handicap debut, at Salisbury, last summer. He was slightly wayward thereafter and was recalcitrant at the races. He has been given a nice break since his last run at Lingfield in February and has done well for the break. He will be fitted with a hood for the first time tomorrow and we are hoping this will bring about some improvement.
Le Torrent could take a trip to Goodwood on Saturday for the 13.35 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap, over 1m6f. This Sir Percy gelding has been a revelation since joining the yard in 2015. He has had five starts for Clear Height thus far and has won on four occasions. He won after having 681 days off the track on his penultimate start at Kempton and then followed that success up with another at Lingfield a couple of weeks later. He broke well and was dropped in towards the rear by Tom Marquand, who had a job to get him settled during the early stages. He dropped his head after a few furlongs and then got in to a lovely rhythm. Turning for home he had an awful lot of ground to make up on the leaders and was going to need some luck in running. The gaps came when needed and Marquand drove him all the way to the line to score by a neck where it mattered most. He has come out of that race in great order and it’ll be good to get him back on the turf so see if he can continue his progression.
An exciting week ahead with four runners and three of them heading to Epsom for the opening meeting of the season.
Native Fighter is due to run on Wednesday, at Epsom, in the 15.20 Investec Corporate Banking Great Metropolitan Handicap, over 1m 4f, with David Egan taking the ride. This Lawman Colt has proved to be a lovely acquisition from Germany. He has run four times for the yard, finishing third on his first start, second on his second start and he has since won his last two. He broke well enough for Oisin Murphy who got him in a nice position in mid division. He travelled well throughout the race and was still on the bridle turning for home. The eventual second got first run on him and he was going to need the gaps if he was going to win. He got a nice split between horses and he was closing all the way to the line. He battled on very well and stuck his neck out where it mattered most to win by a nose. He has come out of the race in good order and is training very well at home. The second horse came out and won last week which was nice to see as well. He is 3lb out of the handicap which is not ideal but Egan takes of 3lb so we can negate that. Hopefully he can get the third timer on Wednesday.
Emenem will run in the 15.55 Investec City and Suburban Handicap, over 1m 2f with Kieran Shoemark riding. This Sir Percy gelding was running exceptionally consistently on the all weather before failing to fire last time, managing three placed efforts and a win at Lingfield. He was last seen running in the very competitive Rosebery Handicap at Kempton at the end of March where he just ran a bit flat. It was a tough race, however, off a career high mark so it was not too bad. He won on this card last year and was exceptionally unlucky not to follow up on Derby Day so he likes the track which is a plus but he is a lot higher in the weights now.
Corazon Espinado runs in the 17.00 Investec Private Banking Handicap, over 1m 113y with Silvestre De Sousa taking the ride. This Iffraaj colt was an expensive purchase as a yearling and started to pay back some of that money by winning his last two starts. Last time out he ran at Wolverhampton over a similar trip and was given a no nonsense ride by Tom Marquand. He was rousted along early to get a prominent position and was soon challenging for the early lead. He got the lead about 5 furlongs from home and was pretty keen under Marquand. He was pushed along 3 from home but was there to be shot at. He ran around a little bit in the last furlong but always looked to be doing enough and eventually he scored by a cosy length. It looks a very hot race on Wednesday but we are hoping he can run well with The Champion Jockey booked.
Albishr is likely to take his chance at Sandown, on Friday, in the 16.05 bet365 Handicap, over 5f, with Oisin Murphy booked to ride. This Clodovil colt ran last week at Newbury with Oisin on board again and finished down the field. He broke alertly and soon took the field along at steady fractions. He was always doing a bit too much in front and he was difficult to get settled. That told in the last two furlongs where he faded rather tamely. Dropping him back in trip again will be an experiment but we are hoping he can start to get competitive soon.