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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.
We have three likely runners this week: Corazon Espinado, Que Quieres and Prince Rock.
Corazon Espinado is due to run at Chelmsford on Thursday, in the 19.00 Irish Lotto At totesport.com Handicap, over 7f. This Iffraaj colt provided us with the highlight of the year when winning the 7f handicap on Oaks Day, at Epsom, under a fine ride by Tom Marquand. He then when on to finish down the field in a competitive 7f handicap at Newmarket at the end of June. He has been given a break since then and has been freshened up which has done him the world of good. He is likely to need the run before he is at his peak fitness again but he is one we are looking forward to for the all weather months.
Que Quieres is due to run at Wolverhampton, on Thursday, in the 17.10 Hotel & Conferencing At Wolverhampton Apprentice Handicap, over 1m 4f, with Levi Williams booked to ride. This will be this son of Bernardini’s first try in a handicap after finishing down the field on all three of his career starts to date. They have all been rather uninspiring performances but he has been working well at home and he is likely to get more competitive now going handicapping.
Prince Rock could also head to Wolverhampton on Thursday. He will run in the 18.15 Come To Gentleman’s Evening – 16th November Classified Stakes, over 7f. 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.
We have two potential runners this week: Roundabout Magic and El Borracho. Mungo’s Quest has an entry on Thursday but it looks as though he is going to get balloted out of the race.
Roundabout Magic is due to run tomorrow at Brighton, in the 17.15 Sussex Art Fair (East)12 October Handicap, over 5.5f, with Nicky Mackay in the saddle. This Zebedee colt was last seen finishing down the field at Chelmsford, at the end of September. He was quick from the stalls but was held up in mid division by Nicky Mackay. He travelled with all of his usual enthusiasm and had every chance turning for home. He got a lovely split up the rail and had every chance if good enough. He wasn’t able to quicken and was given an easy time of things when his chance had gone. That was his third trip to Chelmsford and he has been disappointing on each occasion. He has been dropped 2lb for that effort so will be running off a mark of 59 tomorrow which will aid his cause but he wouldn’t want to ground to get too soft.
El Borracho is due to run on Wednesday at Kempton, in the 18.10 32Red.com Handicap (London Middle Distance Series Qualifier), over 1m 3f, with P J McDonald booked to ride. This Society Rock gelding won his penultimate start when stepped up to 1m 6f for the first time, at Chelmsford. He then returned to course and distance a few weeks later and finished fourth of six. He broke well and was held up in mid division by Levi Williams, who was claiming seven pounds. He was very keen for much of the race which wasn’t going to aid his chance at the business end. He had every chance turning for home but he stayed on rather than quickened. He has come out of the race in good order and we are hoping he can run well on Wednesday.