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The places keep coming as Chica De La Noche went very close on Wednesday night at Kempton and ran another good race to finish third. We only have two likely runners this week but hopefully we’ll be kept busy at Tattersalls.
Corazon Espinado is entered at Kempton on Tuesday in the 20.15 32Red Handicap, over 1m, with Harry Bentley taking the ride. This Iffraaj colt has been progressing all season and was last seen finishing second at Epsom at the end of September. He broke well and was settled in mid division by Harry Bentley who got a nice position on the rail. He never really dropped his head and was keen through the early stages. Turning in to the straight he looked to have a good chance but would need the gaps to open. He was travelling well with no way out two from home and when the gap did come he quickened through it well. The eventual winner got first run on him and that told in the end. He has come out of that race in good form and is training well at home. He ran a stormer over course and distance in a competitive two starts ago in a Class 2 handicap so we are hoping he can run well once again.
Prince Rock is due to run on Thursday at Brighton on Thursday, in the 17.15 Search Seven #share7 Handicap, over 6f, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. A few starts back this son of Society Rock was running very well and looked as though he was about to win but has put a couple of lacklustre runs in since. He reared when leaving the stalls last time at Bath which was always going to make life difficult for him. He was then left at the rear of the field with plenty of ground to make up. He stayed on well enough in the last two furlongs but at that level it is difficult to give ground away like that. He is training well and if he behaves himself he should run competitively.
We were knocking on the door again last week after Roundabout Magic put in a withering late run to finish second at Lingfield on Thursday. We have more to go to war with this week.
Delcia makes her racecourse debut tomorrow at Kempton, in the 17.45 Bet At racinguk.com Fillies’ Novice Auction Stakes, over 7f, with Harry Bentley booked to ride. This Lawman filly is from a family we know well as her dam Fiducia was trained at Clear Height not so many moons ago. She was a 7f-1m winner on the all weather and was a consistent 60 rated filly. Harry rode the dam to win her second race. She trains well enough but is sure to learn a lot from the run and experience in general.
El Borracho also runs tomorrow at Kempton. He goes in the 20.15 32Red.com Handicap, over 1m 4f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This Society Rock gelding has been running very consistently of late. From his last five runs he has won once and finished second on three other occasions. He was dropped out towards the rear of the field and settled well under Marquand. He got in to a lovely rhythm and gave his jockey an easy time of things. He was still going very well turning for home and passed most of the field. The eventual winner got first run on him but and he was never able to get to him in the last furlong. He has been put up another 1lb for that effort but should go close with a similar effort once again.
Te Amo Te Amo is due to make his racecourse debut on Wednesday at Kempton, in the 17.40 Close Brothers/British Stallion Stud EBF Novice Stakes, over 7f. This Kyllachy colt was an expensive purchase from The Breeze Up Sales at Newmarket. He breezed well that day but has just needed some time to come to himself this year. He has been training nicely in recent weeks and is ready to go to the track now. He will learn a lot from his first outing and will hopefully be an exciting prospect for the rest of the year.
Sargento will also head to Kempton on Wednesday. She will run in the 18.10 Close Brothers Business Finance Median Auction Maiden Stakes, over 1m 4f. This Dick Turpin gelding has had two career starts to date and has finished down the field on both occasions. He broke well enough but was held up towards the rear of the field by apprentice, Levi Williams and stayed there for the rest of the race. He is learning all of the time but may be one for handicaps when he gets his mark.
Chica De La Noche will be our third runner on the Kempton card on Wednesday. She goes in the 20.10 Michael Hunter’s 80th Birthday Celebration Handicap, over 6f, with Tom Marquand riding. This Teofilo filly has been running consistently of late and was last seen finishing a dead heat second over course and distance. She broke quickly that day and soon found herself at the front of the field. She took them along at steady fractions and was still travelling well when she turned in to the straight. Obviously, she had every chance from there but was there to be caught. She stayed on really well in the last furlong to finish second. She has come out of that race in good order and is working like a horse in form at present. She remains on the same mark and a similar effort should see her go close.
Mr Scaramanga tops off a bust Wednesday night at Kempton. He runs in the 20.40 32Red.com Handicap, over 1m, Adam Kirby has been booked to ride. This son of Sir Percy was last seen finishing down the field in a similar event last week. He broke quickly and found himself up with the pace after half a furlong. He settled in behind the leader and had a nice position throughout. He had every chance three from home but his run faded tamely after that. He was fine after the race but it was an unusually poor run. He remains on the same mark which is surprising but we are hoping he can run slightly better this week.
A slightly frustrating week last week with three out of four runners finishing second so it would be good to have a winner this week. We have three chances: Mr Scaramanga, Emenem and Prince Rock.
Mr Scaramanga runs tonight at Kempton, in the 19.45 32Red Handicap, over 1m, with Harry Bentley in the saddle. This Sir Percy colt was last seen running in an exceptionally competitive Class 2 handicap at Goodwood and ended up finishing down the field. He broke well and was held up in rear by Nicola Currie. He travelled well and was asked to quicken three from home. He struggled to go with them and was never really able to land a blow. He has come out of the race in good form and is now 4lb lower than his last run on the all weather. This will be his first Class 3 outing for a while so we are hoping he can run well.
Emenem also runs tonight at Kempton. He goes in the 20.15 32Red On The App Store Handicap, over 1m3f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. Another son of Sir Percy, Emenem has been running very consistently of late and put up a fair effort on his penultimate start at Chelmsford when fourth of eleven. He ran well again last time out at Ascot when fourth of seven. He broke well for Bentley and soon found himself at the front of the field. He travelled well and had every chance turning for home but got past by a few that were better handicapped on the day. He stayed on well and seems to be in good order at present. This will also be a drop in class for him so we are hoping he can give a good account of himself.
Prince Rock is entered at Chelmsford on Thursday, in the 20.45 Double Delight Hat-Trick Heaven At totesport.com Handicap, over 6f. Tom Marquand has been booked. A few starts back this son of Society Rock was running very well and looked as though he was about to win but has put a couple of lacklustre runs in since. He reared when leaving the stalls last time at Bath which was always going to make life difficult for him. He was then left at the rear of the field with plenty of ground to make up. He stayed on well enough in the last two furlongs but at that level it is difficult to give ground away like that. He is training well and if he behaves himself he should run competitively.
We could have up to seven runners this week: Sargento, Te Amo Te Amo, El Borracho or Emenem, Chica De La Noche, Corazon Espinado and Roundabout Magic.
Sargento is likely to take his chance tomorrow, at Lingfield, in the 15.45 Carol McDonagh Well Done Novice Stakes, over 1m 2f, with Nicky Mackay taking the ride. This Dick Turpin gelding has had two career starts to date and has finished down the field on both occasions. He broke well enough but was held up towards the rear of the field by apprentice, Levi Williams and stayed there for the rest of the race. He is learning all of the time but may be one for handicaps when he gets his mark.
Te Amo Te Amo has two entries on Thursday at Kempton. He is a lovely colt that was purchased from The Breeze Ups in Newmarket earlier in the year and he has just been given some time to come to himself since then. He has settled in to his surroundings at Clear Height well and we are hoping that he could be an exciting horse for the future.
El Borracho and Emenem are entered in the same race at Kempton on Thursday. The 19.45 32Red Handicap, over 1m4f. Both horses have been running consistently well of late and the former only just failed over course and distance two weeks ago. Tom Marquand will ride which ever horse runs.
Chica De La Noche could also run at Kempton on Thursday. She has been entered in the 20.45 Wise Betting At racinguk.com Handicap, over 6f, with Tom Marquand booked. This Teofilo filly has run better in her last two starts, at Goodwood and Lingfield, respectively. She broke quickly under Hayley Turner last time and soon found herself at the front of the field. She took the field along and turning for home still looked to have every chance of winning. She stayed on well but was just passed by two younger slightly more progressive fillies. She has come out of the race in good order and would have a chance on her best form.
Corazon Espinado has a couple of entries at Epsom on Sunday. This Iffraaj colt won his penultimate start when winning with ease at Epsom at the end of August and then followed that effort up with what was probably a career best when finishing second in the London Mile Handicap, at Kempton. He broke well but had to be stoked up to get a prominent position by Harry Bentley during the early stages of the race. He travelled well just in behind the leaders and was still there with a chance turning for home. He was slightly short of room a couple of furlongs from home but when he got the gap he needed he quickened up very well. The eventual winner got first run on him and he just was not able to peg him back in the last furlong. It was a brilliant run and he picked up some good prize money. He has come out of that race in good order and is training well at home.
Roundabout Magic has an entry on Sunday, at Epsom as well. He could take his chance in the 17.15 Saga Possibilities Handicap, over 6f. This son of Zebedee has been running extremely consistently of late but finished down the field on his last start. He was last seen at Sandown over five furlongs where he was drawn 11/11 which was never going to make his life very easy. He broke extremely quickly and found himself in a prominent position with no cover on the outside of the field. He was keen during the early stages, looked to have a chance two furlongs from home but was just not able to finish off his race after his early exertions. He is none the worse for that run and if they went quickly and he was able to get some cover he would have a chance.
We had another reasonable week last week with El Borracho finishing second at Kempton and prior to that Corazon Espinado ran a blinder to finish second in the London Mile Handicap, picking up some very good prize money.
We have a relatively quiet week this week with just the two runners: Roundabout Magic and Emenem.
Roundabout Magic is due to run on Wednesday, at Sandown in the 13.40 Smarkets Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Flat Series Qualifier), over 5f, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This speedy son of Zebedee ran a courageous race last time out at Goodwood. He was one of the last races on the day at Goodwood where they had awful weather conditions and by the time he was due to run the ground had turned heavy, which would not have suited. It was difficult to see the race due to the weather but he appeared to run a similar race his normal running style: breaking quickly and racing enthusiastically behind horses. When you saw them come out of the fog he was really finishing off his race well and he had every chance in the last furlong. He stayed on very well but just didn’t have enough for the eventual winner and failed by a neck. He has come out of that race in good form, however, he has been put up 2lb for that run which now leaves him on a mark where he would have to run a career best to win.
Emenem has been entered next Saturday in the 13.45 at Newbury Dubai Duty Free Handicap, over 1m2f. This ultra consistent Sir Percy gelding was last seen running a fine race at Ascot in a 1m4f handicap. He broke quickly and was soon at the head of the field taken them along at steady fractions. He was travelling exuberantly all the way and had every chance turning for home. He looked to have a real chance three out but was passed with a furlong to go. He stayed on well in the end to finish fourth. It was his first try at the trip and it is difficult to know if he didn’t quite get the trip or he was just beaten by less exposed horses on the day. We know he enjoys 1m2f so he should run with credit on Saturday, despite the race being very competitive.