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Intended Runners

We have four likely runners this week: Recuerdame, Que Quieres, Albishr and Chica De La Noche.

Recuerdame is due to run at Kempton, on Wednesday in the 16.15 32Red On The App Store Nursery Handicap, over 7f, with Dougie Costello taking the ride. This US bred gelding by The Factor broke his maiden on handicap debut, on his fourth start, at Chelmsford. He then went on to finish down the field back on turf, at Goodwood. That was back in August and he has been gelded since. He was given some time to get over that and with his pedigree we are hoping that he will be suited to an all weather campaign over the winter months.

Que Quieres is also due to run at Kempton on Wednesday. This Bernardini colt is going to run in the 16.45 32Red Casino/British Stallions Studs EBF Novice Stakes (Div 1), over 1m, with Costello taking the ride once again. He was drawn wide on his racecourse debut at the end of November so was held up towards the rear of the field. He travelled well enough but never really looked competitive at the rear and was not able to quicken in the straight. He will strip fitter for that run but has had no luck with the draw once again.

Albishr will be our third runner on Wednesday’s card at Kempton. He runs in the 19.15 32Red.com Handicap, over 1m, with Dougie Costello on board. This son of Clodovil has had two starts since being gelded and has finished down the field on both occasions. Last time out at Lingfield, 7lb claimer Levi Williams rode him. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field. He got pushed out wide around one of the bends and was never in a great position after that. He continues to drop down the handicap and will be running off a mark of 83 on Wednesday. We are hoping that he will be able to get competitive at some stage soon.

Chica De La Noche has been entered at Kempton on Friday, in the 20.45 100% Profit Boost At 32Redsport.com Handicap, over 7f. This Teofilo filly has been running ultra consistently of late and has been placed on her last four starts. Last time out at Lingfield she was drawn wide and Oisin Murphy managed to settle her in mid division, but wider than ideal. She travelled with plenty of enthusiasm was still going well before the turn. She had plenty of ground to make up in the straight and came with a late withering run down the middle of the track. Unfortunately, the line came too soon and she just failed to get her head in front. She deserves another win to her name soon and we are hoping it is not too far away.


We have three potential runners this week in the shape of: Ventriloquist, Te Amo Te Amo and Bobby Biscuit.

Ventriloquist is due to run tomorrow at Lingfield, in the 11.30 Like Sun Racing On Facebook Handicap, over 7f, with Tom Marquand riding. This New Approach gelding is a new acquisition from Hong Kong after he started his life with Godolphin. During his two year old career he had quite a progressive profile and did have a handicap mark of 90 at one stage. He appeared fairly lack lustre when in Hong Kong finishing down the field on all three starts. He is training well in Epsom now and starts off from a mark of 64. We have no idea if that makes him well or poorly handicapped but either way he is likely to need the run after 571 days off the track.

Te Amo Te Amo is likely to take his chance tomorrow at Kempton, in the 16.30 32Red Casino/British Stallions Studs EBF Novice Stakes, over 6f with Tom Marquand riding again. This Kyllachy colt has had two career starts to date and improved from his first start to his second start. Last time out at Kempton, over 7f, he broke quickly and was soon taking the field along at the front. He settled and travelled well, showing a professional attitude under Nicola Currie. He was still on the bridle when turning for home and stayed on in the last two furlongs rather than quickening. He was potentially behind three nice horses but only time will tell. It would be nice if he could run well tomorrow before going handicapping.

Bobby Biscuit is the last horse to run tomorrow. He goes to Kempton for the 17.30 100% Profit Boost At 32Redsport.com Handicap, over 1m, with John Egan booked to ride. This Scat Daddy colt is a good looking, strong horse but has failed to build on his promising course and distance maiden win on his second start. He has not been seen on the track since the summer where he finished down the field at Kempton in a competitive handicap. He has had a second wind op since then and has done well for the short break. He looks well in himself at home and is ready to run now where we will be hoping to have a fruitful all weather campaign with him.

One runner this week: Te Amo Te Amo runs on Saturday at Wolverhampton in the 18.15 Ladbrokes EBF Novice Stakes, over 7f with Nicola Currie taking the ride. This Kyllachy colt was an expensive purchase from The Breeze Up Sales earlier in the year and has a progressive profile so far. He has had both of his starts over 7f at Kempton, finishing seventh and fourth, respectively. Last time out he broke professionally and was quick away from the stalls. He was soon at the front of the field, taking them along at steady fractions. He was still leading turning for home and was travelling well. He was pushed along 2f from home but was there to be shot at. He was passed inside the two but stayed on pleasingly in the last furlong. He has come out of that race in good form and is training well at home. We are hoping that he can run well once again before considering handicapping.

After a quiet few weeks things are going to start getting a bit busier at Clear Height. We have six potential runners this week.

Que Quieres is due to make her race course debut tomorrow at Lingfield, in the 15.10 Ladbrokes Bet £5 Get £20 EBF Novice Stakes, over 1m, with Nicola Currie booked to ride. This American bred colt is by Bernadini out of a once placed, maiden mare. He is a strong looking colt and is training well at home. He has already had a taste of Lingfield after going to The Barrier Trials there previously. He will learn a lot for his first run but we are hoping he could be an exciting prospect for the future.

Te Amo Te Amo could head to Kempton on Wednesday. He would run in the 17.10 32Red Casino/EBFstallions.com Novice Stakes (Div I). Nicola Currie has been booked again. This Kyllachy colt made a pleasing start to his career finishing seventh of twelve over course and distance in a maiden at Kempton. He broke well and was settled in mid division by Harry Bentley. He was fairly professional throughout but had a lot of ground to make up in the straight. He stayed on well enough and he would have learnt a lot from that run. He should improve but Wednesday does look a competitive heat.

Pacifadora is another inmate who will be making her racecourse debut this week. She is entered in the 18.15 100% Profit Boost At 32Redsport.com Fillies’ Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race), over 7f, at Kempton, on Friday. This filly was purchased at The Keenland Yearling Sales last year and has taken a little while to come to hand.  She is training well now and is ready to make her debut. We are hoping that whatever she does this week she will be able to build on in the future.

Recuerdame could run on Friday at Kempton, in the 19.15 32Red Casino Nursery Handicap, over 1m. This colt by The Factor has only had five career starts to date. He broke his maiden in a weak nursery at Chelmsford back in August and then failed to follow up back on turf at Goodwood, where he ran well but finished down the field. He has had a break since the summer and has been gelded during this period as well. He appears to prefer the all weather so we are hoping we can have some fun with him this winter.

Bobby Biscuit could run on Friday as well and he is entered in the 19.45 32Red On The App Store Handicap, over 1m. This Scat Daddy colt is yet to fulfil the early potential that he showed after winning at the second time of asking early this year. He has some strong form to his name and seems to run well at this track. He is another horse who has been given a break since the summer and appears to have done well for it. He ran a good race when finishing fifth over course and distance in July and is 2lb lower than that now. He is likely to need the run but should improve throughout the winter months.

Chica De La Noche is due to run at Lingfield on Saturday. She goes in the 13.25 sunracing.co.uk Handicap, over 7f. This Teofilo filly has been running very consistently of late and has been placed on her last three starts. She was last seen finishing third of eleven at Kempton, over 6f. She broke well and tracked the leaders under Tom Marquand. She travelled well and was still on the bridle turning in to the straight. Tom kicked for home and she looked the winner a furlong out. The eventual first and second were closing her down all of the time and she was headed in the final strides. She has come out of that race in good form and a repeat of that effort would see her go close once again.

We have to potential runners this week after a couple of quiet weeks: Albishr and Ventriloquist.

Albishr is going to take his chance tomorrow at Chelmsford City in the 17.15 Extra Places At totesport.com Handicap, over 7f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This Clodovil gelding was purchased from Richard Hannon’s last year and had a three figure rating as a result of finishing second in a Listed race as a two year old. Since joining Clear Height he struggled to get competitive in handicaps after finishing second, twice in maidens at Kempton at the beginning of the year. He has dropped down the weights since. Prior to his last start at Newbury in October he’d been gelded which he took a little while to get over. He is training nicely and we are hoping he can start to get competitive off a mark of 88.

Ventriloquist is entered at Lingfield on Friday, in the 12.20 Play 4Toscore At Betway Handicap, over 6f, with Tom likely to be in the saddle again. This New Approach gelding started life off with Godolphin where he was a consistent sort before heading over to Hong Kong. After a brief and unsuccessful stint there he is back in England and ready to run. He has settled in well to his new surroundings and is in good form at present. We will learn a lot about him on Friday if he does take his chance.

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