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Intended Runners

It was great to see the horses coming back to some sort of form last week with one winner, courtesy of Recuerdame breaking his maiden and two seconds. We have a busy week again this week with six potential runners.

Corazon Espinado is due to run at Salisbury on Wednesday, in the 15.10 Brunton Publications Pembroke Handicap, over 1m. Adam Kirby will ride. This Iffraaj colt has been in good form of late and was last seen running at his home track, in mid July. He was quick from the stalls and was soon taking the field along at steady fractions. With no cover he was keen under Mackay and didn’t really drop his head until heading down Tattenham Corner. He had every chance turning for home and did look the winner two furlongs out. He was run out of it in the last furlong by a horse of Mark Johnston’s who is now rated 14lb higher. He has come out of the race in good order and remains on the same mark. If he could settle better he would have a chance of recording his fifth career win.

Brogans Bay is also due to run on Wednesday but she heads to Kempton for the 19.00 Breeders Backing Racing EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes, over 7f, with Hayley Turner riding. This Born To Sea filly had her introduction to racing in mid July at Salisbury. She was keen through the early stages just behind the leaders showing some greenness. She was short of room at a vital stage but her inexperience told prior to that. She is learning all of the time and has come out of that race in good order.

Bobby Biscuit will also head to Kempton on Wednesday. He runs in the 20.30 Byrne Group Handicap, over 7f, with Hayley Turner taking the ride. This Scat Daddy colt shed his maiden at the second time of asking at this course at the beginning of the year. He hasn’t really built on that since but ran a nice race last time out in what was a competitive heat. He broke well from a wide draw and Marquand did well to get him in a good position early on. He travelled well but couldn’t really quicken when the pace increased. He stayed on well enough in the final couple of furlongs and did not finish very far behind the winner. He came out of the race well but we felt he could benefit from having a wind op and he has taken that well. Hopefully that will bring about the required improvement.

Native Fighter could take is chance on Friday, at Newbury in the 14.55 Big Group Insight Handicap, over 1m 5.5f. This ultra consistent gelding was placed again last week finishing third of thirteen at Kempton. He broke well and settled behind the leaders. As always he was nice and relaxed and had every chance turning for home. He was pulled out for a run two furlongs from home and stayed on well without quicken too much. It is likely that the handicapper as a hold of him now but he is in good order and may be able to win another off his current mark.

Emenem is entered in the same race as Native Fighter but also has options at Chelmsford on the same day. This Sir Percy gelding hasn’t been seen on the track since mid June and has done well for a bit of a break. He was last seen running in a competitive handicap at Sandown of which the form has worked out nicely. Prior to that he ran very well to finish fifth of eleven in a hot handicap on Oaks Day at Epsom. The handicapper is slowly starting to relent and is now off a mark of 88 on the turf which we are hoping he can be competitive off.

Mr Scaramanga is likely to run on Friday at Chelmsford. He goes in the 18.50 Bet totesport.com Handicap, over 1m, with Adam Kirby on board. This is another son of Sir Percy who has had a bit of a break. He was also last seen running in a tough handicap at Sandown, finishing down the field on that occasion. He has struggled to recapture some of his decent all weather form so far, on turf this season. He is training well at the moment and has been dropped 4lb by the handicapper so we are hoping he can run well.

We have a busy week ahead, starting at Kempton on Wednesday and finishing up on Shergar Cup at Ascot, if all goes to plan.

License To Thrill is due to run at Kempton on Wednesday, in the 17.40 Bet At racinguk.com Handicap, over 1m, with Nicky Mackay in the saddle. This Mizzen Mast gelding was last seen at Lingfield running over 1m 2f for the first time. He broke and travelled well in mid division but didn’t appear to stay the trip. He has come out of that race in good order and the drop back to 7f should suit at a track he has run well at previously.

Western Dynamisme is entered on the same card at 18.10, in the 32Red On The App Store Novice Stakes, over 1m. Levi Williams takes the ride. This Manduro filly is from a family we know well as the dam was trained at Clear Height. She has taken a while to come to herself but is ready to take to the track now. She will learn a lot for her first run but we are hoping she can be a nice prospect going forwards.

Native Fighter runs at Kempton on Wednesday as well. He goes in the 20.10 32Red Casino Handicap, over 1m 4f, with Hayley Turner taking the ride. This Lawman gelding has been a great addition to the yard since joining at the beginning of the year. He has been placed on four starts and won twice from nine runs. He has slowly been making his way up the handicap and was put up 5lb for finishing second on his penultimate start which wasn’t ideal. He was last seen finishing fourth of seven over course and distance where the extra weight probably told. He has been dropped a pound for that run so it will be interesting if he can get more competitive off 82.

Recuerdame is entered at Chelmsford on Friday, in the 17.55 £20 Free Bets At totesport.com Nursery Handicap, over 7f. This colt by The Factor has a progressive profile and has built on each of his career starts to date. Last time out at Chelmsford he broke quickly for Hayley Turner who had him in the box seat during the early stages. He travelled well and had every chance turning for home. He was slightly one paced in the last couple of furlong buts did well to stay on and finish fourth. He has been given a mark of 65 by the handicapper so we are hoping that he will be able to get his head in front now handicapping.

Prince Rock is likely to run at Chelmsford on Friday in the 21.10 Hacienda Classical 1st September Here Handicap, over 6f. This Society Rock gelding had a busy time of things last week, running twice. He put in a career best last Monday at Lingfield finishing third of nine, which was his first placed effort. The drop in trip certainly suited as he settled, travelled and finished off his race better. He then went on to finish down the field on Saturday evening on the turf at Lingfield. It could have been that it came slightly too soon but he seems well in himself and should be ready to go again on Friday.

Emenem has an entry at Ascot on Saturday in the 14.15 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge, over 1m 4f. This Sir Percy gelding hasn’t been seen on the track since mid June and has done well for a bit of a break. He was last seen running in a competitive handicap at Sandown of which the form has worked out nicely. Prior to that he ran very well to finish fifth of eleven in a hot handicap on Oaks Day at Epsom. The handicapper is slowly starting to relent and is now off a mark of 88. It would be a step up in trip on Saturday so it will be interesting to see if he stays the trip.

Mr Scaramanga could also head to The Shergar Cup on Saturday. He has an entry in the 14.50 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile, over 1m. This is another son of Sir Percy who has had a bit of a break. He was also last seen running in a tough handicap at Sandown, finishing down the field on that occasion. He has struggled to recapture some of his decent all weather form so far, on turf this season. He is training well at the moment and has been dropped 4lb by the handicapper so we are hoping he can run well.

El Borracho could run at Lingfield on Saturday. He could run in the 17.10 Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap, over 1m 3.5f. This son of Society Rock is a well deserved, last time out winner after finishing third on his previous two starts. He broke well and was dropped in by Kirby who got him settled in to a lovely rhythm. He was around four from the back with six furlongs to go and had quite a bit of ground to make up turning in to the straight. He was still travelling strongly three furlongs from home and was asked to make some ground up soon after. He quickened very well for Kirby who hit the front a furlong and a half from home. He stayed on strongly to score by three quarters of a length. He has been put up seven pounds for that win which does seem a bit harsh but he has come out of the race in good order and we are hoping he can be competitive once again.

 

We have a busy week with seven potential runners, five of which run tomorrow at Lingfield.

Roundabout Magic is due to run tomorrow at Lingfield, in the 13.50 Bet Online Now! Starsports.Bet Handicap, over 6f, with Nicky Mackay taking the ride. This speedy colt was last seen running at his home track, Epsom, over 6f. He broke with plenty of speed that day and Nicky Mackay was at pains to take a box seat on the inside of the field, whereas, the plan was to try and drop him out and get some cover. He travelled down Tattenham Corner with no problems and was still travelling strongly three furlongs from home. He got a lot of daylight in the straight that he didn’t want and he was travelling so well he had to take his chance. He got his head in front two furlongs out but just didn’t stay the six furlongs. The race didn’t really go according to plan but he ran with plenty of credit all the same. He has come out of that race in good order and is training well at home. He is back at his favourite course and if he is going to stay 6f anywhere it will be here.

Both License To Thrill and Pastoral Dreams will run in the14.20 Daily Specials & Price Boost Starsports.Bet Handicap, tomorrow at Lingfield, over 1m2f. The former will be ridden by Nicky Mackay. He was last seen running down the field ay Lingfield, over 7f. He’d been off the track for nearly 100 days prior to that outing and should have improved since. He will be stepping up in trip for the first time tomorrow and we are hoping that will bring about some improvement. He also has an entry and Epsom on Thursday.

Pastoral Dreams also made his racecourse reappearance in July after being of the track for 142 days. He did well for the break but similarly to License To Thrill, he would have needed the run and should strip fitter tomorrow. He will also be stepping up in trip to 1m2f for the first time tomorrow so the same applies.

Sargento will make his racecourse debut tomorrow on the same card. He goes in the 16.20 Call Star Spreads 08082349709 Novice Stakes, over 1m 4f, with Levi Williams taking off 7lbs. This Dick Turpin gelding was slow to come to hand last year so we just gave him as much time as he needed. We trained the dam who was a maiden but stayed well. He will likely learn a lot for his outing tomorrow and should progress with time.

Prince Rock is the last runner we have on tomorrow’s card at Lingfield. He runs in the 16.50 Adam Kirby’s Exclusive Weekly Blog At starsportsbet.co.uk Handicap, over 5f, with Nicky riding again. This son of Society Rock has struggled to race with professionalism as yet and has routinely been very keen during the early stages of the race and failed to finish of his races. Tomorrow will be an experiment dropping him down to 5f but we are hoping it will help him to settle better in the early stages.

Depending on what the race looks like later in the week Recuerdame could take his chance at Epsom Downs on Thursday evening, in the 18.55 Smarkets EBF Novice Stakes, over 7f. This American bred colt has a progressive profile and has built on each of his three runs to date. He was last seen finishing fourth of eleven in a maiden at Chelmsford. He broke alertly under Hayley Turner who got him in a nice position on the rail just behind the leaders. He relaxed and travelled well for Turner who asked him to quicken turning for home. He stayed on well up the straight and was just run out of it for a place. It will be interesting to see what mark he gets this week but we are sure he’ll be able to get competitive when going handicapping.

Chica De La Noche is entered at Epsom on Thursday as well. She could run in the 19.30 Smarkets British EBF Fifinella Fillies’ Handicap, over 7f, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This Teofilo filly had some nice form to her name at the beginning of her career, finishing close behind some black type fillies. She was exceptionally unlucky in a very nice maiden at Newbury where she looked the winner and then the saddle slimmed a few yards from the line and last year she was the favourite for a handicap at Epsom and she stumbled leaving the stalls and ran the race jockeyless. She had a setback after that and had a long time off. She ran at Kempton first time after a break, shaping nicely but needing the run and then last time at Salisbury she didn’t let herself down on the firm ground and came home a bit jarred up. She is fine and well in herself now and is back down to her last winning mark so we are hoping she can get some just deserts on Thursday.

 

We have two likely runners at the weekend and they are both entered at Salisbury on Saturday evening.

Roundabout Magic is going to run in the 18.45 George Smith Horsesboxes Handicap, over 5f, with Hayley Turner in the saddle. This speedy colt was last seen running at his home track, Epsom, over 6f. He broke with plenty of speed that day and Nicky Mackay was at pains to take a box seat on the inside of the field, where as, the plan was to try and drop him out and get some cover. He travelled down Tattenham Corner with no problems and was still travelling strongly three furlongs from home. He got a lot of daylight in the straight that he didn’t want and he was travelling so well he had to take his chance. He got his head in front two furlongs out but just didn’t stay the six furlongs. The race didn’t really go according to plan but he ran with plenty of credit all the same. He has come out of that race in good order and is now running off his last winning mark. The drop back in trip should suit and he should run well.

Corazon Espinado will run in the 19.15 T&M Glass Ltd Handicap, over 7f, with Turner taking the ride once again. This Iffraaj colt ran on the same card as Roundabout a few weeks ago, at Epsom. He broke smartly and was soon taken to the front by Mackay. He was too gassy early on and didn’t relax until the mid part of the race. He came down The Hill well and had every chance turning for home but did too much too early and was swamped late on by a horse of Mark Johnston who has won again since. He has come out of that race in good form and the drop back in trip on Saturday should suit so we are hoping he can give a good account of himself.

We have a few entries at the weekend but we are yet to decide on a few of those so we have two potential runners in the week: Recuerdame and El Borracho.

Recuerdame is due to run at Chelmsford tomorrow, in the 18.40 Hop House 13 Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race), over 6f, with Hayley Turner taking the ride. This US bred colt by The Factor has had two career starts to date at Goodwood and Lingfield respectively. He broke alertly last time and settled well in amongst horses. He was more professional this time around but was awkward coming around the bend and he lost his balance before staying on well again in the last two furlongs. He is learning all of the time and he should progress again tomorrow before considering taking him down the handicap route.

El Borracho may take his chance on Thursday at Newbury, in the 19.15 Relyon Cleaning Newbury Handicap, over 1m2f. This son of Society Rock is a well deserved, last time out winner after finishing third on his previous two starts. He broke well and was dropped in by Kirby who got him settled in to a lovely rhythm. He was around four from the back with six furlongs to go and had quite a bit of ground to make up turning in to the straight. He was still travelling strongly three furlongs from home and was asked to make some ground up soon after. He quickened very well for Kirby who hit the front a furlong and a half from home. He stayed on strongly to score by three quarters of a length. He has been put up seven pounds for that win which does seem a bit harsh but he has come out of the race in good order and we are hoping he can be competitive once again.

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