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We had a good week last week with Chica De La Noche and Le Torrent giving us a double on the card at Kempton, on Wednesday. We are likely to have a much quieter week this week with only the one entry.
Mr Scaramanga is likely to take his chance at Lingfield this week, either on Friday or Saturday. This son of Sir Percy is a last time out winner after coming back to form at the track on 26/01/19. He was very well handicapped on his best form and it was great to get a first win for our apprentice, Levi Williams. He was ridden prominently, with plenty of confidence, settling on the outside, just behind the leaders. He travelled very well and was still going strongly turning for home. He had to make his challenge down the outside of the field but stayed on strongly to put his head in front on the line. He has been put up two pounds for that and he is still well handicapped on his old form, despite running in a better race on Saturday.
We have had a brilliant week so far with both Chica De La Noche and Le Torrent winning on Kempton’s card on Wednesday. Chica continues to be an admirably consistent filly who has now finished in the money on her last ten starts, winning two of them. Le Torrent continues to look a progressive stayer and that is five wins from seven starts since joining the yard which is a remarkably record given some lengthy breaks.
We have a few more to go to war with this weekend: Mont Kiara, Western Dynamisme and Emenem.
Mont Kiara is due to run on Saturday at Lingfield in the 15.15 Betway Sprint Handicap, over 5f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This Kendargent gelding was slightly disappointing last time out at Lingfield after winning his first start for the yard when joining us from Kevin Ryan. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Luke Morris. He travelled well but was never able to get in to the race after turning for home. He has come out of that race in good order and is only one pound higher than when dead heating on his penultimate start so we would be hopeful that he can get competitive off this mark.
Western Dynamisme is due to head to Kempton on Saturday for the 16.40 32Red On The App Store Novice Stakes (Div I), over 6f, with Levi Williams taking off seven pounds. This Manduro filly is from a family we know well as the dam was trained at Clear Height. She is yet to get competitive on her four career starts to date and could well find things tough once again.
Emenem will also head to Kempton on Saturday. He will run in the 19.45 100% Profit Boost At 32Redsport.com Handicap, over 1m 4f, with Luke Morris booked. This Sir Percy gelding has be a great servant to the yard and usually runs his race. He ran well after a 110 day break in mid January at Lingfield in what was a competitive little race. He broke quickly and led through the early stages of the race. He was challenged for the early lead and was then happy to settle just in behind the leaders. He travelled well and had every chance turning for home but was just unable to quicken in the last two furlongs. He was likely to come on for the run and continues to drop down the handicap which will aid his cause on Saturday.
We have five likely runners this week: Chica De La Noche, Albishr, Le Torrent, Mont Kiara and Ventriloquist.
Chica De La Noche is due to run tomorrow at Kempton in the 18.15 100% Profit Boost At 32Redsport.com Fillies’ Handicap, over 7f, with Adam Kirby booked to ride. This Teofilo filly has been ultra consistent of late, finishing in the money on her last nine starts. She managed to get one win to her name three starts back when getting up close home under tomorrows jockey. She ran another great race last time out at Lingfield when finishing second of nine. She broke well and was held up in mid division by Kirby. She travelled well but needed the gaps to come turning for home. They did and she got a nice split up the rail which she was able to quicken through. She had every chance in the last furlong but got swallowed up late home. She has a 3lb pull at the weights with the favourite based on their run over course and distance two starts ago so we are hoping she can run well once again.
Albishr is also due to run tomorrow at Kempton. He goes in the 19.15 32Red Handicap (London Mile Qualifier), over 1m, with Levi Williams taking off 7lb. This Clodovil gelding came to us with a high mark after finishing placed in a Listed event as a two year old and has struggled to win since. He has dropped from a mark of 102 to 85 so we are hoping he can start to get competitive soon.
Le Torrent is the last runner on Kempton’s card tomorrow. He goes in the 19.45 32 Red Casino Handicap, over 2m, with Tom Marquand. This Sir Percy gelding has a progressive profile overall winning five of his last seven starts. He finished down the field on his latest start at Goodwood and has been given a break since then. He has run well fresh in the past so it will be interesting to see if he can continue his progression on returning to the all weather.
We will have updates later this week on the others.
We have four likely runners this week: Regal Gait, Western Dynamisme, Mr Scaramanga and El Borracho.
Regal Gait is due to run on Wednesday at Kempton in the 16.30 Matchbook Best Value Exchange Handicap, over 2m, with Levi Williams taking the ride. This son of Tagula was last seen finishing down the field in a handicap over 1m 6f. He travelled well for the first part of the race but faded tamely in the last three furlongs. He had been off the track for 469 days so was entitled to need the run. He has come out of that race in good order and we are hoping he can improve from that.
Western Dynamisme is likely to head a little team heading to Lingfield on Saturday. She runs in the 14.20 Betway Novice Stakes, over 6f, with Levi Williams booked. This Manduro filly has had four career starts to date and has been last on each occasion. She has shown very little on each start so far so it will be interesting to see what she does on Saturday.
Mr Scaramanga will run in the 15.30 Sun Racing Handicap, over 1m, with Levi on board again, on Saturday at Lingfield. This son of Sir Percy is a last time out winner after coming back to form over the same course and distance on 26/01/19. He was very well handicapped on his best form and it was great to get a first win for our apprentice, Levi Williams. He was ridden prominently, with plenty of confidence, settling on the outside, just behind the leaders. He travelled very well and was still going strongly turning for home. He had to make his challenge down the outside of the field but stayed on strongly to put his head in front on the line. He has been put up two pounds for that and he is still well handicapped on his old form, despite running in a better race on Saturday.
El Borracho is the last runner on Saturday’s card at Lingfield. He goes in the 16.40 Betway Casino Handicap, over 1m 4f. This Society Rock gelding has been off the track since the end of October where he was last seen running a nice race to finish sixth of eleven in The Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket. He was a huge price that day as he was running out of the handicap and did himself no favours by pulling hard over the first few furlongs. When the pace started to quicken he stayed on without really quickening. He has done well for his break and is likely to need his first run back
The yard seems to be in very good form at present. After Mont Kiara scored two weeks ago we had two more winners this week which were both exciting for very different ways. Pacifadora won at Chelmsford on Thursday at the second time of asking. She showed plenty of promise and greenness on her first start for us at the beginning on January, at Kempton and looked like she would improve a lot for that experience. She was far more professional on Thursday, despite still showing some signs of immaturity. She was an expensive purchase and could be very exciting going forwards.
Saturday showed a return to form for Mr Scaramanga. He was running off a lowly mark compared to last year and was entitled to come on from his first run after a break. The real story here however, was Levi Williams’ first winner as an apprentice. He is a lad who has been working at Clear Height for while and has had a number of rides for us now so it was great to get his career off to a positive start.
We have a few chances this week: Bobby Biscuit, Ventriloquist, Brogans Bay, Mont Kiara and Subliminal.
Bobby Biscuit is due to run on Wednesday, at Lingfield, in the 13.50 Betway Live Casino Handicap, over 1m 2f with John Egan booked to ride. We experimented with a step up in trip with this Scat Daddy colt last time out at Kempton as he was consistently getting out paced at the later end of his races over one mile. He won his maiden over a mile on the second time of asking so it was likely he was going to appreciate the step up. He broke well but was held up at the back of the field by Egan. He settled well which was a slight concern going that bit slower but was a good 15 lengths off the leaders throughout. He had a lot of ground to make up turning in to the straight but got the gaps he needed in the last two furlongs with Egan attempting a daring run up the rail. He showed a nice turn of foot to get there but it was a case of too little too late. It was a nice run and he has been dropped a further pound for that effort. He is in good order at home and we are hoping he can run well at a track he has not been to yet.
Ventriloquist is likely to take his chance at Lingfield on Friday, in the 14.20 Follow Sun Racing On Twitter Claiming Stakes, over 7f. This son of New Approach has been disappointing on his last couple of starts after showing a promising profile on his first two starts for the yard. He ran a lovely race four starts ago after a mammoth break and then just failed to win his next start, going down by a nose. Unfortunately, he has put in a couple of lack lustre efforts since. He has been training well enough at home and we are hoping in claiming company he can get back on track.
Brogans Bay is also going to run on Friday’s card at Lingfield. She goes in the 15.55 Play 4 To Score At Betway Novice Stakes, over 5f. This Born To Sea filly was last seen finishing down the field at Lingfield last week. Prior to that she had run a promising race in a novice event at the same track. The first part of her last race was very pleasing, with her settling much better than previous, breaking well and looking much more amenable. However, she was one of the first off the bridle and had no challenge in the last two furlongs. She has come out of that race fine and we are hoping the drop in trip will aid her cause.
Mont Kiara is entered at Lingfield on Saturday, in the 14.20 Betway Handicap, over 6f. This Kendargent gelding was a recent acquisition from Kevin Ryan so it was brilliant to win with him at the first time of asking for the yard. He broke well under Kirby and was settled in mid division. He didn’t do himself any favours and was keen during the early stages. He settled when the pace quickened but had a lot of ground to make up turning for home. Kirby weaved his way through horses but looked set for a place, even a furlong from home. He came with a very strong drive in the last few yards and stuck his head down where it mattered most. It was a very tense and anxious wait but the result was finally announced as a dead heat which we were happy to take. He is up one pound for that win so he should be competitive once again.
Subliminal is likely to take his chance on Saturday at Kempton in the 19.45 100% Profit Boost At 32redsport.com Handicap, over 1m 4f. This four year old colt had his second start for the yard on January 15th after finishing in mid division in a novice event at Lingfield at the end of last year. He broke well under Mackay last time, who got him in a nice position just behind the leaders. He travelled well for most of the race but got terribly outpaced turning for home. He looked as though he was going to finish closer to last than first but to his credit he stayed on very well in the last two furlongs to finish third. He has come out of that race in good order so we are hoping he can run well once again on Saturday.