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Intended Runners

We are likely to have quite a busy week this week, despite having no runners at Royal Ascot.

The week is likely to start on Wednesday at Chelmsford with Prince Rock running in the 17.40 Bet totescoop6 At totesport.com Handicap, over 7f with Nicky Mackay taking the ride. This Society Rock gelding lost all chance at the beginning of his last race after rearing when the stalls opened and ended up lengths behind the field. Given that start, he probably did quite well to finish seventh of ten in the end. He would have needed that run after 221 days off the track so hopefully that has blown the cobwebs away and if he breaks better we are hoping he can get competitive.

Ventriloquist is also going to take his chance at Chelsmford on Wednesday. He goes in the 21.10 Bet totescoop6 At totesport.com Handicap, over 7f, with Adam Kirby. This son of New Approach was last seen at the beginning of the month after being off the track since Feb. He broke and travelled well but was held up towards the rear of the field by David Probert. He stayed on nicely in the home straight and eventually finished sixth of 12. He has come out of that race in good order and if he has improved for that run then he should also run well.

Mungo’s Quest could head to Chelmsford on Thursday for the 13.50 Love That Hat EBF Maiden Auction Stakes, over 6f, with Kieren Fox riding. This Sir Prancealot colt has had two career starts to date and has finished down the field on both occasions. His latest run at Chelmsford saw him break slowly and travel at the rear of the field for the most part of the race. He tried to mount a challenge in the straight but that faded quickly. He has come out of that race in good form and is learning all of the time but is likely to be more competitive in handicaps.

Brogans Bay is entered at Lingfield on Thursday and has a few options on the card. This Born To Sea filly got right back to form last time when nearly causing a bit of a surprise. She was drawn wide and did very well to get across to take the field along early. She settled well in front and kicked off the bend when turning for home and put a few lengths between herself and the rest of the field. She stayed on well but was just caught late on by the favourite. They pulled nicely clear of the third so we are hoping she’ll be winning sooner rather than later.

Roundabout Magic is due to head to Lingfield on Thursday also. He will run in the 19.00 Happy 50th Birthday Dr Claire Jackson Handicap, over 5f with Nicky Mackay booked to ride. This Zebedee colt has been a lot of fun for Six Mile Hill Racing. He had a few niggly issues over the all weather season but got back on track at the beginning of the month. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Mackay where he travelled with all of his old enthusiasm. He got tired in the home straight which he was entitled to do given his spell off. He may take a couple of runs to get fit but we are hoping he can improve for his first outing.

Subliminal is another on the Lingfield card on Thursday. He goes in the 19.30 Remembering Brenda’s 60 Years Of Lingfield Racing Handicap, over 1m, with Tom Marquand booked. This Arcano colt ran well last time out at Wolverhampton. He was tardy from the stalls and took a bit of rousting along early. He did pick up the bridle quickly, however, and was able to lead after a furlong. He got in to a nice rhythm up front and was setting steady fractions throughout. He was asked to quicken three from home and had every chance turning in to the straight. He is a galloper and stayed on rather than quickened and in the end just got ran out of it late for the places. He has come out of that race in good order and should be ready to give a good account of himself later in the week.

Beat The Breeze is likely to head to Lingfield on Thursday, in the 20.30 Injured Jockeys Fund Novice Stakes, over 6f. This Out Strip colt is one of our more precocious two year olds and he had his first start for the yard a couple of weeks ago. He broke well but got a bit of a bump and then soon found himself at the rear of the field. He was green in the early part of the race and was pushed along to try and keep tabs with the rest of the field. He picked up the bit in the mid part of the race, before staying on in the straight. He was given an easy time of things when his chance had gone and would have learnt a lot for that.

El Borracho is entered at Lingfield on Saturday, in the 18.45 Royal Arch Derby Handicap, over 1m 5f. This Society Rock gelding has run a couple of nice races of late and was arguably unlucky not to get closer last time at Goodwood. He broke well but was settled towards the rear of the field by Tom Marquand. He travelled well and was still very much on the bridle turning for home. He was short of room three out and had to wait to mount his challenge at a vital stage of the race. He stayed on strongly in the last furlong and ended up finishing fourth of 12. He has come out of that race well and a repeat of that run should give him every chance.

The horses gradually seem to be coming back to form with some good placed results last week. We have a few entries this week.

Emenem is going to run today at Windsor in the 19.45 Gallagher Group Handicap, over 1m 3.5f, with Harry Bentley booked to ride. This Sir Percy gelding was last seen running over 2 miles at Goodwood under Jamie Spencer who had him at the rear of the field throughout the race and then got no luck in the final stages. He was well beaten but it is difficult to be categorical that he didn’t stay. He ran a brilliant race prior to this, at Epsom, in The Great Metropolitan. He broke alertly and soon found himself in a prominent position on the inside. David Egan rode him with plenty of confidence and he handled Tattenham Corner with ease and was still travelling well, three from home. He looked to have every chance in the final two furlongs but just faded late on to finish fourth of 12. The form of that race has worked out very well with the winner and second, winning and finishing third, respectively in a competitive handicap on Derby Day, with the winner now heading to Royal Ascot. Our horse is now a 1lb lower in easier company so should have every chance.

Recuerdame is entered at Newbury on Thursday, in the 16.10 Be Wiser Insurance Handicap, over 7f. This US bred colt was last seen finishing down the field in a competitive extended mile handicap, at Epsom’s Spring Meeting. He broke well under SDS who got him in to a good position towards the front of the field. He travelled well and came down the hill with no problems and looked to have every chance turning for home. He found little under pressure and soon started to drop down the field. He has come out of that race in good order and it was just a likely case that he didn’t stay. He has been dropped 2lb for that effort which would obviously aid his cause this week.

Mr Scaramanga is entered at Sandown on Friday, in the 15.45 Waterloo Handicap, over 1m 2f. This is another horse that had his last start at Epsom. He ran in the 1m 2f handicap on Oaks Day, breaking well and taking the field along after a furlong. David Egan managed to get him settled very well after he was slightly keen early. He glided around Tattenham Corner and was still on the bridle turning in to the straight. He had every chance and even looked the winner two from home but was eventually passed by two well handicapped horses with the winner probably being a black type performer. He remains on the same mark but has come out of the race in good order and a repeat of that form should see him get competitive once again.

We have been slow to update this week after a busy Derby weekend but have had five runners in the last 24 hours with Brogans Bay and Subliminal both running very well at Wolverhampton last night.

There was an obvious highlight over Derby weekend with Corazon Espinado winning the final race on Oaks Day. He was given a brilliant ride by Tom Marquand who timed his fractions to perfection from the front. He had an equally willing partner in Corazon who was exceptionally tenacious and really battled well in the last two furlongs when it looked as though he was there to be caught. It was a tight finish but he just managed to hold on from a fast finishing Epsom trained horse making it a 1-2 for Epsom trainers which is brilliant for all involved. Mr Scaramanga also ran very well earlier on the Oaks card when finishing third in the Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap, under David Egan. He was given a similar front running ride but he bumped in to a very well handicapped and progressive horse in Mountain Angel. Overall, it was a brilliant day for all concerned, but particularly for Robert Moss who owns both of the horses.

We have a few more to go to war with for the rest of the week in the form of: Beat The Breeze, Roundabout Magic, Mungo’s Quest and El Borracho.

Beat The Breeze is likely to take his chance on Thursday at Chelmsford, in the 17.25 £20 Free Bets At totesport.com Novice Auction Stakes (Plus 10 Race), over 6f, with Harry Bentley booked. This Outstrip colt will be making his racecourse debut on Thursday and has been coming to hand quite nicely. He is a neat, compact individual who was purchased as a yearling. He has been training nicely but similarly to most of our two year olds first time out he is likely to come on plenty for the run.

Mungo’s Quest has been entered on Saturday at Chelmsford, in the 14.30 Bet toteexacta At totesport.com Novice Auction Stakes, over 6f. This Sir Prancealot colt made his racecourse debut on 16/05/19 at Salisbury and showed plenty of inexperience before finishing down the field. He was tardy from the stalls and was never really travelling under Kieren Fox who didn’t knock him about after his chance was gone. The horse would have learnt plenty from that experience and is likely to progress with racing.

El Borracho could be the last runner of the week. He could head to Goodwood on Sunday for the 14.30 Bennington Family Handicap, over 1m 3f, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This Society Rock gelding was last seen running on the turf at Lingfield where he broke slowly and was slightly detached in the very early stages. It didn’t take him long to get back on terms with the rest of the field though and after that he settled and travelled quite well. He was wide around the turn but then had plenty of daylight to mount his challenge. He stayed on rather than quickened in the last three furlongs and in the end was third of five. He has come out of that race in good form and we are hoping he can run a nice race once again at the weekend.

We have five likely runners this week and we are excited to have two runners over The Derby Festival weekend.

Prince Rock is going to run at Chelmsford tomorrow, in the 15.10 Bet totequadpot At totesport.com Handicap, over 6f, with Nicky Mackay taking the ride. This Society Rock gelding is still a maiden after twelve starts but was second over this course and distance last summer. He has been given a nice long break and has done very well for it. He is likely to need the run tomorrow but we are hoping he will be able to get a win to his name soon enough.

Chica De La Noche will join her stable mate tomorrow at Chelmsford. She runs in the 16.20 Bet toteswinger At totesport.com Fillies’ Handicap, over 7f, with Harry Bentley in the saddle. This Teofilo filly has been remarkable in the last few months, finishing in the money in her last thirteen starts, winning three of them. One of those wins came last time out Lingfield, over 7f, with Adam Kirby riding her. She broke alertly and settled just in behind the leaders. She travelled well down to the three pole and was asked to mount her challenge soon after. She quickened up nicely and stayed on well in the last furlong to score by just under a length. She has come out of that race in great order and is going well at home. A further 5lb hike in the weights will make like difficult for her but she has been so consistent of late it would be impossible to rule her out.

Mont Kiara is entered at Brighton on Tuesday, in the 17.00 Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Handicap, over 6f, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This Kendargent gelding won for us on his first outing for the yard, when dead heating at Kempton but has lost his way a bit since then. He was last seen finishing down the field in a competitive Ascot handicap. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Harry Bentley. He travelled well and was given every chance in the last two furlongs but faded tamely when it mattered most. He is now a few pounds lower than his last winning mark so we are hoping he can run well

Corazon Espinado could take his chance on Friday, at Epsom Downs, for the 14.35 Investec Mile Handicap, over 1m 0.5f. This son of Iffraaj was progressive last season, starting the year off a mark of 69 and finishing the year off 87. He won over course and distance at Epsom’s Spring Meeting last year and also finished second in a Class 2 handicap at Kempton. He has had three starts this year and was last seen finishing in mid division at Windsor, over a mile. He broke quickly that day and took the field along at even fractions. He travelled enthusiastically and had every chance 3f from home. He was headed inside the two pole and stayed on after that. He has come out of that in good order and a 2lb drop in the weights will aid his cause in what will be an ever competitive handicap.

Mr Scaramanga is also likely to run on Oaks Day. He runs in the 15.45 Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap, over 1m 2f. This Sir Percy gelding has been dropping down the weights for a while now and ran a fine race in defeat last time out at Windsor over 1m 2f. He broke quickly and soon found himself at the front of the field. Murphy tried to get some cover but there wasn’t any to take and he was keen in the early stages. He dropped in for a couple of furlongs and he then settled better but four from home found himself challenging for the lead again. He looked to have every chance in the last three but was just out stayed by a fellow Epsom horse. He has come out of that race in good form and is well handicapped if able to recapture some of his old spark.

We have four likely runners for the week: Te Amo Te Amo, El Borracho, Emenem and Mont Kiara.

Te Amo Te Amo is due to run tomorrow at Wolverhampton, in the 14.20 NFRC Midlands Handicap, over 6f, with Nicky Mackay taking the ride. This Kyllachy colt has been running well in handicap company of late. He was last seen finishing fourth of ten at Windsor over 5f. He broke well that day and was settled in mid division by Tom Marquand. The horse travelled well and was asked to quicken two furlongs from home. He stayed on rather than quickened in the later part of the race and was not really able to challenge the placed horses. He has come out of that race well and has been dropped another 2lb which should aid his cause.

El Borracho has been entered at Lingfield on Thursday, in the 14.15 Parker Andrews Handicap, over 1m 3.5f. This Society Rock gelding had his last run at the end of March and struggled to get competitive after missing the break. He was held up throughout and wasn’t able to pick up in the straight. He is another who has been dropped in the weights but might need the run after a short break.

Emenem is likely to head to Goodwood on Friday and he will run in the 16.40 thamesmaterials.com Handicap, over 2m, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This Sir Percy gelding was last seen running in The Great Metropolitan at Epsom’s Spring Meeting. He broke well and got in to a lovely position just in behind the leaders. He travelled very well and handled Tattenham Corner with no problems. He got a lovely split up the inside and had every chance to win the race but just got passed by a few better handicapped horses. We’ve been keen to try him over slightly further for a while as he seems to be a galloper these days rather than a quickener so it will be interesting to see if this step up in trip could bring out some improvement.

Mont Kiara could head to Salisbury on Saturday, in the 18.20 Sharp’s Doom Bar Handicap, over 6f. This Kendargent gelding won for us on his first outing for the yard, when dead heating at Kempton but has lost his way a bit since then. He was last seen finishing down the field in a competitive Ascot handicap. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Harry Bentley. He travelled well and was given every chance in the last two furlongs but faded tamely when it mattered most. He is now a few pounds lower than his last winning mark so we are hoping he can run well

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