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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.
We have four likely runners this week: Albshir, Cafe Milano, Sparkalot and Chica De La Noche.
Albishr is due to run on Wednesday, at Kempton, in the 18.30 32Red Casino Handicap, over 7f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. We haven’t managed to win with this Clodovil gelding since he arrived but he was poorly handicapped after finishing second in a poor Listed race in his two year old days. He has been gradually dropping down the handicap and this will be the lowest class race he has probably every run in so we are hoping that will aid his cause.
Chica De La Noche has entries at Epsom on Thursday and Sandown on Friday and will likely take up one of those engagements. This brilliant Teofilo filly has been a model of consistency this year and has more than earned her keep, winning five times and being placed on numerous occasions. She was last seen running a good race in defeat, at Kempton, over 7f. She broke quickly for Oisin Murphy who gave her no nonsense ride and set the fractions for the rest of the field. She went a nice pace up front and was still on the bridle turning for home. She was asked to go on, two from home but was soon headed and wasn’t able to quicken up in better company. She has come out of that race in good form and will do herself justice wherever she goes.
Cafe Milano is likely to head to Chelmsford on Thursday. He’ll run in the 17.50 David Briffaut Novice Auction Stakes, over 7f. This Al Kazeem colt made his racecourse debut at Wolverhampton, at the end of August. He was slowly away and held up towards the rear of the field by Tom Marquand. He was on and off the bridle and was showing his inexperience quite early in the race. He would have learnt a lot from that run and we are looking forward to running him again.
Sparkalot will also head to Chelmsford on Thursday. He is entered in the 19.20 Bet In Play At totesport.com Handicap, over 5f. This Bated Breath gelding made his race course reappearance on 20/08/19 after having 452 days off the track. He broke quickly but showed plenty of freshness in the early stages, pulling for his head. He travelled well in to the straight but wasn’t able to pick up after that. He was always going to need the run after such a long time off the track and has progressed since then. He was dropped a pound as well which will aid his chances in what is a hot sprint handicap.
We had another good week last week with El Borracho winning his fourth career race and we were very happy with Hector Loza’s effort to finish fourth in The Solario Stakes at Sandown, on Saturday. We’ll have a quiet week with just the one runner this week.
Prince Rock has a couple of entries on Thursday. He will head to either Lingfield or Chelmsford. This Society Rock gelding has been running consistently of late but is still a maiden after 18 starts. He was last seen finishing an unlucky third at Lingfield, over 6f, with Levi Williams riding. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field. He travelled well but turning for home he had a lot of ground to make up. He came with a withering late run and got short of room at a vital stage and the line came too soon for him. With a few extra strides he probably would have won. He is training well and if he runs a similar race again later in the week then he would have a decent chance.
We had a great Bank Holiday weekend with our annual Epsom Open Day and it was great to see such a brilliant turn out. We already had two runners so far, both of which were slightly disappointing but we have quite a few more chances later in the week.
Roundabout Magic and Albishr both take each other on tomorrow at Lingfield in the 17.00 Witheford Equine Barrier Trials At Lingfield Handicap, over 6f. The former was last seen running over a furlong shorter at the same track and ran a good race from a wide draw. Mackay dropped him in and got a position at the rear of the field, on the rail. He travelled with all of his normal enthusiasm but was going to need some luck with a wall of horses in front of him turning for home. He got a charmed split up the inside rail and stayed on strongly in the last two furlongs to finish third of ten. That was a good effort but we have been unlucky with the draw once again tomorrow.
Albishr will have Adam Kirby to do the steering. We haven’t managed to win with this Clodovil gelding since he arrived but he was poorly handicapped after finishing second in a poor Listed race in his two year old days. He has been gradually dropping down the handicap and this will be the lowest class race he has probably every run in so we are hoping that will aid his cause.
El Borracho is going to run at Chelmsford, on Thursday, in the 16.00 Greene King Free Trade Handicap, over 1m 6f, with Levi Williams taking off 7lb. This Society Rock gelding won four starts back under the same jockey under a well timed ride. He has gone off the boil since then finishing down the field on his next three starts. This will be a slight experiment in that he has never raced over this far before but there doesn’t seem to be any reason why he wouldn’t stay based on his running style. He is training well and we are hoping he can give a good account of himself.
Brogans Bay is going to run at Wolverhampton on Friday, in the 17.05 For Training Apprenticeships Visit ptstrainingacademy.com Handicap, over 6f, with John Egan riding. This Born To Sea filly broke her maiden four starts back when making all, under a good ride from Egan, at Lingfield. She is another who has struggled to land a blow since her last win. She was slightly slow from the stalls last time out and was and didn’t get the smoothest of runs when turning for home. She stayed on well enough in the straight but had too much work to do. She has come out of the race in good order and we are hoping that she can run well.
Cafe Milano is due to make his racecourse debut on Friday at Wolverhampton, in the 18.05 Grand Theatre Wolverhampton Novice Auction Stakes, over 7f, with Tom Marquand riding. This Al Kazeem colt was slightly backward at the beginning of the year but has done well for a nice slow approach. He is a well balanced colt and is showing that he is ready to make his debut at home. He will obviously learn a lot from his first outing but we are hoping he can develop in to a nice prospect as the season goes on.
Saturday will be exciting as we are planning on running promising colt Hector Loza in the Group 3 Betway Solario Stakes, at Sandown, over 7f, with Nicky Mackay already booked. This son of Kodiac showed a lot of promise on debut when finishing third of ten at Kempton and has subsequently gone on to win his next two starts. His latest start at Lingfield was impressive given he was having to carry a 7lb penalty for his previous win. He was very professional throughout the race, breaking and settling well for Mackay. He tracked the leader in to the home turn on the bridle and when straightening for home always looked like he was going to win. He quickened up nicely to put the race to bed cosily in the end. It’s difficult to know what the form is like but under a penalty it was very pleasing to see. It will clearly be a big ask at the weekend but it is nice to have a colt of his quality to give it a try.
Subliminal will take his chance in slightly calmer waters on Saturday, at Lingfield. He will run in the 16.20 Witheford Equine Barrier Trials At Lingfield Park Apprentice Handicap, over 1m, with Levi Williams riding. This Arcano gelding has been struggling to find his form of late and went through a period of running very consistently through the spring and early summer before being gelded and running two poorer races. He has just taken a while to come to himself since then but we are hoping he can return to some level of form at a track he won at earlier in the year.
After a very good week last week with two winners we are likely to have a busy week with nine potential runners, including three today.
Prince Rock heads to Lingfield today, for the 16.45 Sky Sports Racing One Sky 415 Handicap, over 6f, with Levi Williams taking off 7lb. This Society Rock gelding is having a quick reappearance after finishing fourth of seven at Bath, on Saturday. He was slightly slow from the stalls but was bustled along early and soon had a good position in mid division. He was off the bridle three from home and seemed one paced in the latter stages of the race. We are hoping that the return to the all weather and the extra weight off his back will aid his chance.
Brogans Bay also runs at Lingfield today. She goes in the 17.15 Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Handicap, over 5f, with John Egan booked. This Born To Sea filly was a course and distance winner three starts ago and ran well in defeat last time out. She was drawn very wide that day and had to use up a lot of early gas to get a prominent position. She took the field along quickly, after being harried for the lead in the first furlong and a half. She had every chance in the straight but had probably done too much too soon. She has come out of that race in good order and with a better draw we are hoping she can run well.
El Borracho is the third runner of the day today. He heads to Windsor for the 20.00 Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Handicap, over 1m 3.5f, with Tom Marquand riding. This four year old was also course and distance winner three starts ago, under our apprentice, Levi Williams. We probably ran him back a bit too soon at Epsom in the middle of July, only five days after running at Salisbury. He was none the worse for the effort but has benefited from a little freshen up. He is training nicely at home and should give a good account if the rain stays away.
Mungo’s Quest will head to Kempton tomorrow for the 14.00 Matchbook Betting Exchange Nursery Handicap, over 6f, with Levi Williams riding. This son of Sir Prancealot was gelded after his last start and has had three career starts to date, finishing down the field on each occasion. He has been given an initial mark of 51 so we are hoping he will be able to get more competitive now going handicapping.
Subliminal runs tomorrow at Kempton also. He runs in the 16.00 Get Switched On With Matchbook Handicap, over 1m, with Adam Kirby taking the ride. This Arcano gelding was last seen finishing last of nine at Epsom at the beginning of the month. He broke well and was soon in a nice position behind the leaders. He travelled well but was soon struggling to go the pace in the home straight and faded tamely in the last two furlongs. He is a big galloping horse and probably didn’t take to the track. He is going well on the gallops and should be at home back on poly track.
Chica De La Noche also runs tomorrow at Kempton. She runs in the 16.30 Matchbook Betting Podcast Handicap, over 7f, with Oisin Murphy taking the ride. This mare has been a revelation this year and has been an absolute credit to the yard. She has won five of her last 17 starts and been placed in nine of them. Last time out at Epsom she was given a beautiful ride by SDS who got her out of the stalls quickly and took the field along at his own pace. She travelled well but was pushed along early in the straight to keep the lead. She really dug in deep and showed a gutsy effort when challenged and in the end stayed on very well in the last two furlongs. She has been a magnificent mare for us and she is in great form at home so who knows if another three pounds will stop her run in what is a big step up in class.
Sparkalot will be our last runner on tomorrow’s card at Kempton. He will run in the 17.05 Matchbook VIP Handicap, over 6f, with Levi Williams back in the saddle. This Bated Breath gelding had a lovely, progressive profile in the early stages of his career, winning four of his nine starts. He had to be given quite a lot of time off through injury and has not been seen on the track since May last year. His owners have been very patient with him and he is sound and enjoying his work now. He is a big horse and likely to need the run tomorrow but we are hoping he can continue where he left off later in the year.
Emenem is entered at Chelmsford on Saturday, in the 15.10 Bet totequadpot At totesport.com Handicap, over 1m 5.5f. This stable favourite has been in great form lately, winning his last two starts. He won his penultimate start at Sandown, under Oisin Murphy and then followed up to dead heat under our apprentice last week at Newbury. He broke well that day and was settled towards the back of the small field under Levi. He travelled with plenty of enthusiasm throughout the race and was still tanking turning in to the straight. He was at the rear of the field with a line of horses in front of him and if he was going to get competitive he would need to gaps to come. He got the gaps he needed and travelled very strongly through it. He stayed on well in the last furlong and just managed to get his head down to share the spoils. That was a very good effort and he has come out of it in good order. He shouldn’t be going up too much in the handicap for that run so he should have a chance once again.
Amaranth is likely to be our last runner of the week and he will head to Chelmsford for the 17.25 Bet totescoop6 At totesport.com Handicap, over 7f. This will be the first time this horse has run for the yard after leaving Michael Scudamore. It appears he has largely struggled to get competitive in his career to date and has not run since the beginning of the year. We are still finding our way with him but it will be good to get him started at the weekend.