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After a quiet week last week with no runners we have four likely this week in the form of: Sparkalot, Le Torrent, License To Thrill and Native Fighter.
Sparkalot is due to run on Wednesday, at Kempton, in the 19.45 Matchbook Betting Podcast Handicap, over 6f, with Luke Morris taking the ride. This Bated Breath colt is a fine stamp of a horse and was last seen winning over course and distance. He had a very difficult draw that day in stall ten and Morris had little chance but to drop him in. He travelled well throughout the race and was still going well turning for home. He looked to have a lot of ground to make up turning in to the straight but was still very much on the bridle. He got a lovely split when the cut away came and he went through it with plenty of ease. He quickened up nicely and put daylight between himself and the rest of the field. He hung slightly in the last half furlong but he had won the race by then so there was no harm done. He has come out of that race in great form and is ready to run again now. He has been put up 5lb for that win which seems fair and he should have every chance again if he gets a nice draw.
Le Torrent is also due to run on Wednesday at Kempton. He goes in the 20.45 Pat Hughes Memorial Handicap, over 2m, with Tom Marquand in the saddle. This Sir Percy gelding has only had three career starts to date for Clear Height and has won two of them. He was last seen finishing down the field in a handicap at Wolves but that was nearly two years ago. He has had a setback or two since then so has not been on the track. He has been training away for the past few months and is ready to run again now. He will likely need the run but he was progressive before this so we will hopefully have some fun with him this season.
License To Thrill has been entered at Lingfield on Friday, in the 14.10 Play Slots At sunbets.co.uk/vegas Handicap, over 1m, with Luke Morris booked. This Mizzen Mast gelding has been running consistently of late and has earnt prize money on his previous two starts. He was last seen finishing fourth of twelve at Lingfield at the beginning of the month. He broke well and was settled in mid division by Tom Marquand. He dropped his head and travelled professionally throughout the race. He was asked to quicken turning in to the straight but was unable to quicken enough to trouble the eventual placed horses. It was another good performance and we are hoping that he can get his head in front if things drop right for him on Friday.
Native Fighter may join License To Thrill on Friday. He would run in the 20.15 32Red.com Handicap, over 1m 4f, with Oisin Murphy getting the leg up. This Lawman colt has been a revelation since joining us from Germany. He finished third on his first start, second on his penultimate start and won with some ease on his latest start at Kempton. He was ridden by Oisin that day who got him in to a brilliant position in the early stages, just in behind the leaders. He travelled well and Oisin always looked to be where he wanted to be. He got all the breaks he needed in the straight and quickened up well when asked, in the last two furlongs. He put the race to bed in good fashion and has clearly progressed with racing. He has come out of that race in great form and is training well at home. He has been put up 5lb for the win which will make his life more difficult but if he can run a similar race again then he should have a chance of winning again.
The winners continued last week with The Six Mile Hill Syndicate enjoying another course and distance success with Roundabout Magic at Lingfield. Emenem also ran well to finish second on the same card. We have four potential runners this week.
License To Thrill will run at Kempton on Wednesday, in the 14.00 Play For Free Atsunbets.co.uk/vegas Handicap, over 1m, with Tom Marquand riding. This Mizzen Mast gelding returned to the track after a year off at the end of January and ran with credit before finishing down the field. He ran again last week breaking well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Tom Marquand. He travelled well at the rear but was always going to have a lot of ground to make up from that position. He looked one paced in the straight before staying on in to fifth. It was an improved performance from his seasonal reappearance so we are hoping that he can progress again on Thursday.
Bobby Biscuit is also due to run at Kempton on Wednesay. He goes in the 19.10 “Road To The Kentucky Derby” Conditions Stakes, over 1m, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This horse is one of a few Scat Daddys left in training and we are lucky to have him. He started his career in September and ran with plenty of credit to finish fourth in a race that has worked out very well. He had a break after that and then ran again at the end of January. He broke well and was challenging for the early lead. He travelled well despite showing signs of greenness. He took the race up two furlongs from home and went clear in the straight. He was there to be shot at and hung slightly in the last two furlongs but when he got some company in the last half furlong he really stuck his head out and battled to the line. He would have learnt a lot from that race and looks in great form at home. The race on Wednesday looks very tough on paper and he has the widest draw of the field but it will tell us a lot about how good he is.
Ojala has an entry at Wolverhampton on Saturday. He is a progressive colt by Epaulette and has won three of his six starts to date. He won first time in a handicap and the form of that race worked out well. He then went on to win on New Years Eve in a weak looking contest but would have needed the run. His latest win came at the beginning of February at Kempton, over 7f. He broke well and was settled just in behind the leaders by Tom Marquand. He travelled with plenty on enthusiasm and was always in a good position to pounce. Turning for home he was pulled out wide to get a clear run. He quickened very well and battled on to the line with a great attitude to win by a head. He is in good order at home and the handicapper has put him up 1lb which would give him every chance to get his head in front again.
Mr Scaramanga has the option of a Listed race or a Class 2 handicap at the weekend. He ran a brilliant race last time out when running in a very competitive Class 2 handicap at Lingfield over 1m. Marquand did well to get him in to such a good position from a wide draw, settling him in mid field during the early stages. He was keen through the first few furlongs but then dropped his head as the field started to quicken. He turned in to the straight and looked to have every chance and could have been called the winner a furlong from home. He kept on very well under pressure in the last furlong and was just done on the line by the highly progressive Goring. He has come out of that race in great form but the handicapper has out him up 2lb for finishing second which is never ideal. He should run well where ever he goes.
The yard continues to be in good form after new recruit Native Fighter won well, at Kempton last week. We have a few more to go to war with this week and it will be exciting to see a few of our more promising horses take to the track again.
Roundabout Magic is due to run at Lingfield on Tuesday, in the 14.00 Betway Sprint Handicap, over 5f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This Zebedee colt is now a four times course and distance winner and seems to love the speed test at Lingfield. He was last seen finishing in mid division at Wolverhampton. He broke well and was settled in mid division by Marquand. He travelled with all of his usual enthusiasm and was niggled along to make a challenge turning for home. He had to come wide around the bend but still looked to have every chance turning for home. He struggled to pick up on the tapeta but stayed on well in the last furlong to finish fifth but not far behind the winner. He doesn’t seem to be able to show a turn of foot on the tapeta like he can on the polytrack so hopefully he can get back to winning ways for The Six Mile Hill syndicate on Tuesday.
Emenem is also due to run on Tuesday at Lingfield. He will run in the 15.00 Betway Handicap, over 1m2f, with Marquand riding again. This son of Sir Percy has been a model of consistency and progression since joining the yard. He started life out of handicaps last winter off a mark of 66 and somehow got beaten. He progressed through the ranks, winning handicaps at Kempton, Wolverhampton, Lingfield and Epsom and was very unlucky not to win the mile handicap on Derby Day. He now finds himself off a mark of 93. He was last seen running a decent race in a competitive handicap at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day. He ran well to stay on in the straight and finish fourth of eight. The winner of that race looks progressive and has since won and finished second and the second has since run a very good race in a competitive Meydan handicap. We took the view that Emenem was unlikely to be taking up stallion duties at any point in his career so he has departed with his under carriage since Boxing Day. He seems in good form at home and is training well. It is likely to be a tough race on Tuesday but he likes the track and trip.
Galinthias joins the aforementioned two at Lingfield on Tuesday. He goes in the 16.30 Play Jackpot Games At sunbets.co.uk/vegas Apprentice Handicap, over 1m. Levi Williams will take the ride. This six year old gelding was last seen in a similar event 10 days ago. He was slightly awkward from the stalls and had to get pushed along to get a decent position. He was keen early and found himself trapped wide for the rest of the race. He took the field in to the home straight and looked to have every chance but his early exertions told in the latter stages of the race and he got swallowed up in the last furlong and a half. He is none the worse for that experience and has been dropped 2lb by the handicapper which will help on Tuesday.
Bobby Biscuit is due to run at Kempton on Thursday, in the 19.30 “Road To The Kentucky Derby” Conditions Stakes, over 1m. This horse is one of a few Scat Daddys left in training and we are lucky to have him. He started his career in September and ran with plenty of credit to finish fourth in a race that has worked out very well. He had a break after that and then ran again at the end of January. He broke well and was challenging for the early lead. He travelled well despite showing signs of greenness. He took the race up two furlongs from home and went clear in the straight. He was there to be shot at and hung slightly in the last two furlongs but when he got some company in the last half furlong he really stuck his head out and battled to the line. He would have learnt a lot from that race and looks in great form at home. Thursday’s race will be a tough assignment and at this stage Mr O’Brien has a Breeders Cup and Champagne Stakes winner entered in the race so we will be hoping that they don’t fancy a trip to Kempton on Thursday evening.
License To Thrill is likely to run on the same card as Bobby. He will go in the 20.30 racinguk.com Handicap, over 7f. This Mizzen Mast gelding returned to the track after a year off at the end of January and ran with credit before finishing down the field. He ran again last week breaking well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Tom Marquand. He travelled at the rear but was always going to have a lot of ground to make up from that position. He looked one paced in the straight before staying on in to fifth. It was an improved performance from his seasonal reappearance so we are hoping that he can progress again on Thursday.
Albishr is likely to run at Lingfield on Saturday in the 15.05. 32red Spring Cup Stakes (Listed Race), over 7f. This Clodovil colt was purchased from Richard Hannon’s at The Horses In Training Sales at Tattersalls in October. He has had two starts for the yard and has finished a close second on both occasions. He broke quickly from a wide drawn and was ridden in a prominent position under Adam Kirby. He travelled well and looked to have the race under control. He kicked clear in the last two furlongs and appeared as though he was going to put the race to bed. The eventual winner was closing on him all of the time and eventual caught him on the last few yards. He is in good form at home but we are still learning about him all of the time. He was second in a Listed race during his two year old career but it is likely Saturdays race will be a good deal tougher than that.
We have five likely runners this week with two running today.
License To Thrill runs later at Kempton in the 18.20 100% Profit Boost At 32Redsport.com Handicap, over 7f, with Tom Marquand in the saddle. This Mizzen Mast gelding is still a maiden and had his first run for over a year when last seen in January. He broke well from a wide draw under Luke Morris who got him settled in a prominent position, just behind the leader. He travelled well and was still going nicely turning in to the straight. He looked to have a chance but got tired in the last furlong and a half. That was understandable given his absence so we are hoping he can come on from that and get competitive at the business end of the race this time around.
Pastoral Dreams also runs at Kempton tonight. He runs in the 19.20 32Red.com Handicap, over 1m. Tom Marquand rides again. This Pastoral Pursuits colt has only had three career starts and has progressed with each run. Tom Marquand also rode him that day where they broke well together and got in to a decent position on the rail in mid division. He was still travelling well four furlongs from home and was then asked to maintain his position, which he did so, well. He had to be switched wide turning in to the straight which lost him some ground but he stayed on well in and eventual finished third. He has come out of that race in good order and has been given an initial mark of 64 so we are hopeful he can get competitive now going handicapping.
Native Fighter is due to run on Wednesday, at Kempton, in the 18.45 100% Profit Boost At 32Redsport.com Handicap, over 1m 4f, Oisin Murphy has been booked to ride. This Lawman colt has only has two starts for the yard and ran very well first time for us when finishing third in a Class 5 handicap, at Lingfield. He improved for that outing and was very unlucky not to win next time. He was dropped out by Josephine Gordon, who got him in to a nice rhythm at the rear of the field. He travelled well but had a lot of ground to make up turning for home. He had to come widest of the field and was making up ground the whole way up the straight. He was closing on the eventual winner all the way to the line but unfortunately the line came too soon as with another stride he would have been the winner. He is training well at home and a 2lb rise in the weights will make life tougher but he should run well again.
Mr Scaramanga is entered at Lingfield on Saturday, in the 15.50 Play Starburst Slot At Sunbets.co.uk/vegas Handicap, over 1m. It was great to see this son of Sir Percy run right back to form in mid January when finishing third of eight in a tough, Class 2 handicap. He was highly tried last year, running in The Greenham, St James’s Palace Stakes and he also took a trip to Turkey. He was given a nice ride by Adam Kirby last time. He broke well and settled just in behind the leaders on the rail. He had every chance turning in to the straight and could have been called the winner two out. He just wasn’t able to quicken up enough to pass the long time leader, Swift Approval. He has come out of that race in good form and we are hoping he can go a couple of places better on Saturday.
Corazon Espinado could also take his chance on Saturday but he will head to Wolverhampton for the 19.45 32Red Casino Handicap, over 1m 0.5f. After a series of solid runs this Iffraaj colt got his neck in front when last seen, in January. He was given a no nonsense ride by Marquand who was taking the field along at steady fractions from an early stage. He settled well in front and looked to have the race at his mercy throughout. They turned in to the straight and he put a few lengths between himself and the rest of the field but he was there to be shot at. He stuck his neck out and stayed on strongly in the last furlong to score by one length. He came out of that race in good order and is training well on the gallops. He has been put up 4lb but we are hoping that won’t stop his progression just yet.
We have a quiet week this ahead with just the one runner.
Galinthias is due to run on Wednesday at Lingfield, in the 16.50 Betway Casino Handicap, over 1m 2f, with Levi Williams taking the ride. This gelding was last seen running a good race at Kempton at the end of January. He broke well but was taken back and dropped in towards the rear of the field by Wednesdays pilot. He travelled well and switched off, getting in to a lovely rhythm. He was still on the bridle turning for home but had to be pulled wide to make his run. He stayed on well up the straight to pass horses but was never able to trouble the placed horses. He has come out of that race in good form and has been left on the same mark by the handicapper. He has a nice draw in stall four so we are hoping that he can get competitive once again.