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A quiet week for us in amongst the hullabaloo of Royal Ascot.
Recuerdame is likely to run on Thursday at Lingfield, in the 18.50 Injured Jockeys Fund Novice Stakes, over 6f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This US bred colt has had one career start to date and was green throughout. He broke well enough and was held up in mid division by Bentley. He struggled to go the pace when the field started to quicken and in the end faded to finish down the field. He is a work in progress and would have learnt a lot from that out. He has come out of the race well and we are looking forward get him back on the track this week.
We have four potential runners for the weekend: Emenem, Albishr, Roundabout Magic and Mr Scaramanga.
Emenem is due to run tomorrow at Sandown, in the 15.45 George Lindon-Travers Memorial Handicap over 1m 2f, with Hollie Doyle taking the ride. This Sir Percy gelding was last seen running a fine race at Epsom, on Oaks Day in a very competitive handicap. He broke well and was tucked in just behind the leaders by Marquand who had him in a lovely position throughout the race. We know he handles the track and Tattenhem Corner was no problem. He looked to have every chance turning for home but soon got outpaced around the three furlong marker. To his credit he stayed on again in the last furlong to pass horses and eventually finished fifth of 11. He has come out of that race well and it was a more than creditable performance. He has been dropped a pound which will aid his chance and Sandown should suit.
Albishr is also likely to run tomorrow but he’ll head to Goodwood for the 20.15 NetbetBest Odds Guaranteed Handicap, over 1m with Harry Bentley riding. This Clodovil colt also had his last run on Oaks day and ran his most encouraging race for a long time. He broke well from a wide draw and was up with the pace throughout. He settled well and handled the bend without any problems. Three furlongs from home he was still going well but just wasn’t able to quicken up on the soft ground. It was his best performance on turf for us which was encouraging and he has come out of the race in good order. He has been dropped two pounds for that run which should help again he is likely to run a better race on better ground.
Roundabout Magic is entered at Sandown on Saturday in the 14.35 randox.com Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Flat Sprint Series Qualifier), over 5f. Nicky Mackay has been booked to ride. He also has other options next week. He ran a decent enough race at Brighton earlier in the week. He broke well and was held up by Mackay who struggled to get him to drop his head early on. He was still going well two furlongs out but just didn’t finish off the race like he had done on his previous three starts. It could be that he has been on the go a while and he just ran a bit flat but he is showing no ill effects at home so he is likely to take his chance again soon.
Mr Scaramanga is likely to run at Sandown on Saturday in the 15.15 Randox Health Handicap, over 1m, with Paddy Bradley taking off five pounds. This chap was another of ours who ran over The Derby weekend but just wasn’t at home on the soft ground. He broke well and was ridden prominently under SDS. He travelled well as he always does but found little under pressure in the last three furlongs. He has come out of the race in great form and has been dropped a further two pounds for that effort.
Native Fighter was slightly unlucky not to get another win to his name last week at Kempton after going down by a head back at Kempton. We have a few more to run this week, starting today.
Roundabout Magic is due to run at Brighton, in the 16.00 Britbet By Racing For Racing Handicap, over 5.5f, with Nicky Mackay taking the ride. This Zebedee colt has been both very consistent and unlucky of late. He won over course and distance three outings ago and then should have followed up but for getting short of room at a vital stage. Back at his favoured Lingfield, last time out he broke well but was settled towards the rear of the field by Marquand. He was keen through the early stages as is his way. He still had plenty of ground to make up turning in to the straight and again was short of room at a vital stage. When pulled out for a run he quickened very well but the line came too soon for him and in the end he was a fast finishing third and only beaten half a length. He continues to be in good form at home and thrives on his racing so if he can run to a similar level again he should have every chance.
Prince Rock is going to run tomorrow, at Salisbury, in the 15.30 Molson Coors Handicap, over 7f, with Nicky Mackay in the saddle. This Society Rock gelding has had four career starts to date and was rather uninspiring on his first three. We tried him with a hood last time at Lingfield and despite still being keen in the early stages he definitely settled better than his previous start. Mackay did a good job of getting him covered up between horses during the early part of the race. Three furlongs home he looked to have every chance but stayed on rather than quickened but it was a much improved performance. It’ll be his first time in a handicap tomorrow so we are hoping this will enable him to be more competitive at the business end of the race.
El Borracho could run at Kempton, on Wednesday, in the 19.40 32Red On The App Store Handicap, over 1m 3f. This Society Rock gelding has been running well in recent weeks and was last seen finishing third of thirteen at Salisbury, over the May Bank Holiday. He broke well and was soon settled towards the rear of the field by Kieran Shoemark. He travelled well in amongst horses and always seemed relaxed. Four furlongs from home he was still swinging along on the bridle and looked the winner at this stage. The race developed more on the far rail and he was out in the middle of the track which probably didn’t help his cause but he stayed on well in the final furlong to run a very nice race. He has come out of the race in good form and we are hoping he’ll be able to get another win to his name some time soon.
Decision are yet to be made for a few more runners later in the week, so more to follow……
It was great to have a few runners over Derby weekend and all of the horses ran with credit. We have two potentials this week with Chica De La Noche and Native Fighter running at Kempton on Wednesday.
Chica De La Noche runs in the 18.30 100% Profits Boost At 32Redsport.com Handicap, over 7f, with Oisin Murphy booked to ride. This Teofilo filly has had two career wins to date and has had an unlucky career overall. She won her penultimate start at Salisbury at a big price over 6f. Last time out she was favourite for a race at Epsom but she got her foot stuck in a in a divot in the track before spreading a plate and Bentley ended up being unseated as she left the stalls. Unfortunately, she suffered a setback because of that and was not seen on the track again last year. She has been training nicely at home and is just ready to get started again. She is likely to need the run slightly but we are hoping she can continue her progression again without any blips.
Native Fighter is due to run in the 20.00 32Red Handicap, over 1m4f, with Oisin Murpy booked again. This colt was last seen running last weekend in a very strong handicap won by Ajman King on Oaks Day. He broke well and was dropped in to mid division by Mackay who got him in to a lovely rhythm. He travelled well and handled Tattenham Corner with ease. Turning for home he got the gap he needed and was one of the last horses off the bridle. He got a bump which sent him down the caber slightly at a vital stage and he never really recovered after that. The race on Wednesday is a strong contest but he is a course and distance winner and we have the right man on board.
We have a very exciting weekend ahead with The Investec Derby Festival taking place on our doorstep. Even more exciting is the fact we are going there with a good few entries in the handicaps.
We have already had one runner this week with Roundabout Magic running another brilliant race at Lingfield yesterday, over 5f. He broke well and was settled at the rear of the field by Marquand who never had him far behind the leaders. Turning in to the straight he was still last and looked to have a lot of ground to make up. He didn’t get the gaps when he needed them and was short of room at a vital stage which meant Tom had to switch him wide in the last furlong and that eventual cost him the race. When he got daylight on the outside he really motored and was very unlucky not to win. That is his second unlucky run in as many weeks so we are hoping it will be third time lucky on his next outing.
Back to the main event this weekend and ground permitting we could have five runners over the two days: Mr Scaramanga, Native Fighter, Emenem, Albishr and Corazon Espinado.
Mr Scaramanga is entered on Friday in the 14.35 Investec Click & Invest Mile Handicap, over 1m 0.5f, with Silvestre De Sousa booked to ride. This Sir Percy colt owes us nothing after picking up an awful lot of prize money for winning the Al Biddah Mile at the beginning of last year. He has been running consistently well on the all weather and was unlucky not to get his head in front on one occasion. He was last seen finishing way down the field in The Victoria Cup and was never at the races that day after being slowly away. He has been in good order since and we are hoping at some stage he will be able to get competitive off his revised mark of 97 on turf. That said the forecast rain is unlikely to be in his favour.
Native Fighter is also in on Friday and he could take his chance alongside Emenem in the 15.45 Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap, over 1m2f with Nicky Mackay taking the ride. This Lawman colt has been a more than welcome addition to the yard since joining us six starts ago, given he has been placed on 3 occasions and won on two others. He was last seen running a fine race in a Newmarket Handicap, over 1m 4f. He was slightly slowly away but Tom Marquand hurried him along to get in to a nice position from a wide draw. He travelled exceptionally well through the race and dropped his head like a professional. He was still going very well four furlongs from home and was one of the last horses off the bridle. He had every chance going in to the dip but got a slight bump and he lost his balance for a few strides. He hung slightly going up the hill but was unlikely to challenge the eventual winner who went on to win by four and a half lengths. The third has come out and won easily this week so the form looks good. He has been left on the same mark so we are hoping he can give a good account of himself on ground the he should handle with ease.
Emenem was last seen finishing behind the favourite for this race when finishing down the field in the Investec City And Suburban back in April. He was held up towards the rear of the field that day by Kieran Shoemark but he was always travelling well within himself and maintained his position. Turning in to the straight he had an awful lot of ground to make up but stayed on well past a couple of progressive handicappers. He is probably high enough in the handicap now but should have won on Derby Day last year so we know he handles the track but all of his performances have come on better ground.
Albishr is likely to take his chance on Friday as well. He will run in the Investec Zebra Handicap, over 7f, Nicky Mackay has been booked to ride. This Clodovil colt has yet to win for us yet and after finishing second, twice when he first joined the yard and he has been finding life difficult since. He was last seen finishing down the field in a competitive handicap at Ascot and after being held up in last place never really got competitive after that. His turf marks continues to fall and he will be running off a mark of 84 on Friday which is a career low for him. We are hoping that he will be able to get competitive off his revised mark but he is another who’s best form is on a sound surface.
Corazon Espinado is likely to be our only runner on Saturday at Epsom and he runs in the 14.00 Investec Private Banking Handicap, over 1m 2f, with Nicky Mackay riding. This Iffraaj colt got two wins to his name on the all weather, over the winter and then did exceptionally well to get the hat trick when winning the last race on Derby Trial day, at Epsom. He was last seen running in an ultra competitive handicap at Ascot over the straight mile. He was drawn towards the stand side and broke alertly for Silvestre De Sousa. He was keen through the early part of the race and SDS did well to get him settled. He was always prominent and didn’t get much cover throughout the race. He travelled very strongly and was one of the last to come off the bridle. He looked the winner two furlongs out and stayed on very well. He was fourth in the end but not far behind the winner at all who holds a St James’s Palace Stakes entry. The step up in trip is a bit of an unknown but he looked like he might appreciate it based on that run. We are keeping our fingers crossed for drying ground as he would probably be our best chance of the weekend.