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We have a quiet week this ahead with just the one runner.
Galinthias is due to run on Wednesday at Lingfield, in the 16.50 Betway Casino Handicap, over 1m 2f, with Levi Williams taking the ride. This gelding was last seen running a good race at Kempton at the end of January. He broke well but was taken back and dropped in towards the rear of the field by Wednesdays pilot. He travelled well and switched off, getting in to a lovely rhythm. He was still on the bridle turning for home but had to be pulled wide to make his run. He stayed on well up the straight to pass horses but was never able to trouble the placed horses. He has come out of that race in good form and has been left on the same mark by the handicapper. He has a nice draw in stall four so we are hoping that he can get competitive once again.
The good run of form continued last week with 50% of our runners winning when Ojala got up in the dying strides at Kempton on Saturday. We have four more potentials this week: Roundabout Magic, Forceful Appeal, Mr Scaramanga and Native Fighter.
Roundabout Magic is likely to take his chance on Wednesday in the 19.55 Betway Sprint Handicap, over 5f, with Adam Kirby in the saddle. This pocket rocket won on his penultimate start with Nicky Mackay in the saddle, making it four career course and distance wins at Lingfield. He then went on to run a decent enough race in an apprentice handicap at the same track. He broke with his usual speed and soon found himself taking the field along at strong fractions. He had every chance turning in to the straight but his run faded in the last furlong. He has come out of that race in good form and is thriving at home. He was dropped 2lb which will help his cause and has a nice draw in stall five.
Forceful Appeal is due to run on Saturday at Lingfield, in the 14.55 Play For Free At sunbets.co.uk/vegas Handicap. Levi Williams has been booked to take 7lbs off. This Successful Appeal gelding has earnt over 100k in prize money since being at Clear Height and is a stable favourite. He was last seen running in a small but competitive handicap at Wolverhampton won by progressive Mount Tahan. He broke well and was soon leading the field. He travelled well and got in to a lovely rhythm at the front of the field. Turning for home he had every chance and was pushed along to maintain his position. He wasn’t able to quicken with the progressive first and second but stayed on well to take third place. He is working well at home and has been dropped 3lbs by the handicap. He is running at his favourite course on Saturday so we are hoping he will be able to run a nice race.
Mr Scaramanga is likely to take on his stable mate in the 14.55 at Lingfield on Saturday. It was great to see this son of Sir Percy run right back to form in mid January when finishing third of eight in a tough, Class 2 handicap. He was highly tried last year, running in The Greenham, St James’s Palace Stakes and he also took a trip to Turkey. He was given a nice ride by Adam Kirby last time. He broke well and settled just in behind the leaders on the rail. He had every chance turning in to the straight and could have been called the winner two out. He just wasn’t able to quicken up enough to pass the long time leader, Swift Approval. He has come out of that race in good form and we are hoping he can go a couple of places better on Saturday.
Native Fighter could also take his chance at Lingfield on Saturday. He may run in the 15.30 Betway Casino Handicap, over 1m 4f. This Lawman colt had his first start for the yard in January and ran with plenty of credit. Oisin Murphy gave him a positive ride, settling him just in behind the early leaders. He settled well and looked professional throughout. He got his neck in front inside the final furlong and it looked as though he was going to win but there were some fast finishing horse on his outside and he ended up finishing third. It was good to see a performance like that as we are still finding our way with him. He remains on the same mark so we are hoping he can run with credit once again.
We had a brilliant week last week with three winners which takes us to four in total for 2018 so far. All three winners are young progressive horses with bright futures and should take us to some of the bigger meetings this year. We have a slightly quieter week ahead and will have to wait until Saturday to run two more progressive young horses.
El Borracho could head to Lingfield on Saturday, which is likely to be the first race on the card. This son of Society Rock had his first run since being gelding last week and ran with plenty of promise. He misbehaved before the start which no doubt wasted some valuable energy. He was slowly away and dropped in towards the rear of the field by Tom Maquand. He failed to settle early on and was keen in the first few furlongs. He was still very much on the bridle turning in to the straight and when asked to quicken it took him a while to hit top gear. It looked as though he was going up and down on the spot between the two and one pole but he stayed on really well in the last furlong to finish third of five. He has come out of that race in good order and hopefully that would have got the freshness out of him. If he can run to a similar level then we are hoping he will get competitive once again.
Ojala will be entered at Kempton on Saturday. This Epaulette colt has won his last two starts and is a nice type. On his penultimate start he was seen winning in good style at Salisbury, on soft ground, over 7f. The second horse in that race has gone up a stone in the handicap since then. His latest outing was at Lingfield with Adam Kirby in the saddle. He was given a no nonsense ride by the master of Lingfield after breaking quickly he was settled just in behind the leader. He travelled strongly and always looked as though he was going to have a say in the business end of the race. He was asked to kick for home when coming around the bend and he quickened very well. He battled well and stayed on strongly in the last furlong to score by half a length. He would have needed that outing and has come out of it in good order. He is training well so we are hoping he can continue his progression on Saturday.
We have a busy week with five potential runners: Bobby Biscuit, Corazon Espinado, License To Thrill, Galinthias and Sparkalot.
Bobby Biscuit is due to run at Kempton on Wednesday, in the 17.45 32Red On The App Store Novice Stakes (Div II), over 1m, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. There isn’t many left so we are lucky to have this son of Scat Daddy who has one career start to his name. He made his debut at Kempton in September and ran with plenty of credit. He broke well and was professional in the early stages of the race. He settled well in mid division for Egan but may have been slightly wider than ideal. He had every chance turning in to the straight and was asked to quicken two and a half furlongs from home. He stayed on rather than quickened but shaped very nicely for a first run. The winner has not been seen since but the second, third and fifth have all won so the form has a nice look to it. He may need the run slightly be he is in good form and we are hoping to have some fun with him this year.
Corazon Espinado will take his chance on the same card. He runs in the 18.15 32Red.com Handicap (London Mile Series Qualifier), over 1m with Tom Marquand riding. This three year old by Iffraaj has had a busy time of things in the last few weeks, finishing second, twice, at Lingfield in December before finishing down the field last time out at Kempton. He was drawn wider than ideal the last day and subsequently was unable to get a good position. He was trapped wide throughout and was asked to quicken turning for home. He had every chance but was unable to make an impact before getting slightly short of room. He has come out of that race in good order and we are hoping with a better draw things will fall his way.
License To Thrill runs on Wednesday at Kempton also. He runs in the 18.45 100% Profit Boost At 32Redsport.com Handicap, over 1m with Luke Morris in the saddle. This Mizzen Mast gelding has been off the track for a year after suffering a slight setback. He is training well at home and is now ready to make his return to the track. He is likely to improve for the outing and stall 11 won’t make life easy.
Galinthias is entered at Kempton on Friday, in the 18.15 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap, over 1m 2f. Levi Williams takes the ride. This partnership got to know each other at the beginning of the month at Kempton in a one mile handicap. He was alertly away and Williams got him a nice position on the rail. He settled well and lobbed along in a relaxed fashion. Turning in to the straight he made his move and stayed on well in the final two furlongs. He was never able to land a blow but did not finish far behind the winner. He is come out of that race in good order and has been dropped a couple of pounds by the handicapper which will aid his cause.
Sparkalot will head to Kempton with Galinthias. He runs in the 20.15 Download The Matchbook App Handicap, over 6f with Luke Morris booked. This strapping son of Bated Breath made a return to the track after having a 7 month break. He was drawn wider than ideal in stall eight and had to be dropped in by Luke Morris. He got a bit short of room after two furlongs which lit him up and he started to pull for his head. He got back on an even keel thereafter and was still tanking when straightening from home. He had to come widest of the field in the last two furlongs and had an awful lot of ground to make up. He stayed on really well and was not far behind the winner. He has come out of that run in good form and we are hoping that with a better draw and bit more luck he’ll be able to win again soon.
The good form continued last week with Dutiful Son winning for the third time in two months and Mr Scaramanga ran a great race to finish third in a competitive handicap at Lingfield.
We have three runners this week: Forceful Appeal, Corazon Espinado and Native Fighter.
Forceful Appeal runs tomorrow at Wolverhampton, in the 19.10 Betway Casino Handicap, over 1m 1.5f with Paddy Bradley taking the ride. This Successful Appeal gelding had his best season to date last year when winning a Class 2 handicap on Boxing Day off 91 and then winning The Apprentice Handicap on Easter Friday. He also won his first turf race at Ascot. He has been struggling to get competitive in very good handicaps on the all weather of late but the handicapper is starting to relent. He is in good form at home and is now off a mark of 90. Tomorrow’s race looks good on paper but he would have a chance if back to his best.
Corazon Espinado is due to run on Tuesday at Kempton, in the 18.10 Matchbook Casino Handicap, over 1m. This Iffraaj colt has finished second on his last two starts which have both been in handicaps. He was unlucky on his penultimate start when the eventual winner got first run on him and he was closing all the way to the line. Last time out at Lingfield he broke well and got a decent position on the rail, just behind the leaders. He travelled well throughout the race but turning for home he was going to need some luck to get out of awkward position. He was unable to get the gaps when he needed them and the winner, again, got first run on him. He ran on well when he got a clear run but was never going to win. He has come out of the race in good order and should be able to get competitive again.
Native Fighter has been entered on Friday at Lingfield, in the 14.00 Betway Handicap, over 1m 2f. This Lawman colt is a recent acquisition from Peter Schiergen in Germany. He is a two time winner with a middle distance pedigree and should be suited by racing on the all weather. It is difficult to assess his form but he has a British rating of 67 so we will see how accurate that is on Friday.