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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.
We’ll have a quiet week this week with just the one runner.
Brogans Bay is due to run on Thursday, at Lingfield, in the 16.20 Call Star Sports On 08000 521 321, over 5f, with Adam Kirby booked. This Born To Sea filly ran a great race last time out over course and distance with Oisin Murphy on board. She was quickest from the stalls and was soon taking the field along. She settled well in front and wasn’t too keen without any cover. She swung in to the home straight a stole a couple of lengths from the field and looked the winner a furlong from home. Unfortunately, she was closed down late on by a fast finisher but it was a good effort. She has come out of that race in good form and remains on the same mark so should have every chance if she puts in a similar effort.
We having an exciting week ahead with seven runners and we are planning on taking Hector Loza to Maisons-Laffitte for The List Prix Saraca on Wednesday.
Firstly, though, we have Que Quieres running today at Kempton, in the 19.30 32Red.com Novice Stakes, over 1m 3f, with Nicky Mackay taking the ride. This son of Bernardini has been gelded since his last run and has taken it well enough. He has had two career starts to date, both of which were lacklustre and displayed signs of inexperience. He hasn’t been seen on the track since December last year so with all of that in mind he is likely to progress going forwards.
Brogans Bay is due to run at Lingfield, tomorrow, in the 15.25 Sky Sports Racing On Sky 415 Handicap, over 5f, with Oisin Murphy taking the ride. This Born To Sea filly was last seen running a fine race, over 6f, at Wolverhampton. She broke well that day and was soon taking the field along at steady fractions. She travelled well and had every chance turning for home but her run faded in the last furlong. It was a creditable effort and she has come out of that race in good form. If she was to put in a similar performance tomorrow then she should be there or thereabouts.
Hector Loza is going across The Channel on Wednesday to take his chance, at Maisons-Laffitte, in the 12.25 Prix Saraca, over 6.5f and we’ve got Nicky Mackay to ride him. This Kodiac colt has had four career starts to date and was last seen finishing fourth of six in The Solario Stakes. He broke well that day and got a nice tow in to the race from the leader. He travelled in second place but was keen through the early stages and didn’t take the bend all that well. He looked to have every chance two furlongs from home and hit the front a furlong out before getting passed by some of the more fancied horses in the field. We were happy with that run and he deserves his place in another stakes race after that. If he could settle better early on then he is likely to improve again.
Mungo’s Quest is entered at Chelmsford on Thursday, in the 18.00 Bet toteexacta At totesport.com British EBF Novice Median Auction Stakes, over 7f. This Sir Prancealot gelding was last seen finishing down the field in a handicap, at Kempton. He was slowly away from the stalls under our apprentice who settled him towards the rear of the field. He settled well enough at the back and turning for home did look as though he was going to mount a challenge. His run faded fairly quickly in the last two furlongs which was slightly disappointing. He has come out of the race well and should be helped by the further drop in the weights.
Prince Rock is also likely to head to Chelmsford on Thursday. He will run in the 18.30 Bet totquadpot At totesport.com Handicap, over 6f, with Adam Kirby booked. This Society Rock gelding has been knocking on the door recently and went agonisingly close again last week. He broke well and was settled in mid division by Kirby who did well to restrain him in the early stages. He was still travelling well turning in to the straight but was going to need the gaps to come if he was going to win. The gaps didn’t come for an age and by the time he got a split between horses the eventual winner had got first run on him. In that grade you need everything to fall right for you so we are hoping that he will have his deserved day in the sun soon enough.
Albishr is likely to take his chance on Saturday at Chelmsford, in the 17.50 totepool Cashback Club At totesport.com Handicap, over 1m 2f. This Clodovil gelding has been disappointing for us since leaving Richard Hannon’s when rated 101. He struggled to get competitive once again, last week at Kempton. He broke quickly under Marquand and was prominent throughout the race. He had every chance turning for home but faded pretty tamely in the last two furlongs. He came out of the race well enough and we are hoping the step up in trip could eek out some needed improvement.
Roundabout Magic is going to be our last runner of the week. He will go to Chelmsford on Saturday for the 20.20 Racegoers Club Handicap, over 5f. This Zebedee colt was last seen running at Lingfield, over 6f. He broke well but was held up like usual and went with plenty of enthusiasm at the rear of the field. He mounted his challenge in the home straight and stayed on well given he prefers a shorter trip. His two previous trips to Chelmsford haven’t been all that productive but he is dropping down to a competitive mark.
We have four potential runners this week, including, Prince Rock at Kempton tonight.
Prince Rock is due to run in the 20.00 32Red On The App Store Handicap, over 7f, with Levi Williams, taking off 7lb. This Society Rock gelding has been running consistently of late and has been placed in five of his six starts. He was last seen finishing second, again, over 6f, with Nicky Mackay riding at Chelmsford, at the beginning of the month. He broke quickly but was settled in mid division where he was keen through the early stages. He had to come wide in the straight to make his run and stayed on very well in the last two furlongs to take second place. He has come out of that race in good order and is likely to run well once again.
El Borracho is likely to head to Chelmsford on Thursday, in the 18.00 totepool Cashback Club At totesport.com Handicap, over 1m6f, with Levi Williams riding. This is another son of Society Rock, who improved when stepped up in trip, over course and distance last time. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Levi who did well to get him settled through the early stages after he took a keen hold. He was last turning in to the straight but still looked to be travelling well within himself. He was pulled out by the young apprentice to mount a challenge and he picked up in taking fashion to go on and win by a length. That is the second time that Levi has won on the horse and they seem to get on very well together. He was put up three pounds by the handicapper so he would have to win off a mark he has been unable to win off in the past.
Thora could take her chance on Saturday at Chelmsford, in the 16.35 Bet totescoop6 At totesport.com EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes, over 1m 2f. This Iffraaj filly has had two rather uninspiring runs to date and was last seen finishing last of four, at Lingfield back in April. She was held up at the rear by Marquand that day and she stayed there throughout. The bit slipped through her mouth during the race which made things difficult thereafter. She has done well for a break and is likely to improve for the outing.
Albshir could also head to Chelmsford on Saturday. He could run in the 17.05 Book Tickets Online At chelmsfordcityracecourse.com Handicap, over 1m 2f. This Clodovil gelding has been disappointing for us since leaving Richard Hannon’s when rated 101. He struggled to get competitive once again, last week at Kempton. He broke quickly under Marquand and was prominent throughout the race. He had every chance turning for home but faded pretty tamely in the last two furlongs. He came out of the race well enough and we are hoping the step up in trip could eek out some needed improvement.