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We have six potential runners this week: El Borracho, Prince Rock, Pastoral Dreams, Corazon Espinado, Roundabout Magic and Emenem.
El Borracho is due to run tonight at Windsor, in the 19.40 Horse Guards Gin Marquess Of Granby Handicap, over 1m 2f, with Adam Kirby in the saddle. This son of Society Rock has been running consistently well of late, finishing third in his last two starts. He found himself at the rear of the field last time at Kempton and was ridden patiently by Adam Kirby. He was always travelling within himself and made steady headway when straightening for home. He had a lot of ground to make up in the straight and stayed on very well pulling four lengths clear of the horse in fourth. It was a case of too little too late however and he finished a never nearer third. He has come out of that race in good order and if he can run a similar race again he should have every chance.
Prince Rock is likely to take his chance at Lingfield on Wednesday, in the 17.05 Play Live Roulette At 188Bet Casino Novice Median Auction Stakes, over 7f, with Nicky Mackay taking the ride. This gelding is another son of Society Rock and who has been struggling to get competitive in his six career starts so far. Last time out at Kempton he was slowly away and keen during the early stages which he has been doing in most of his races so far. He was unprofessional and unable to quicken when the pace increased and in the end finished down the field. He is likely to struggle again in this company with a horse in the race rated nearly 30lb higher than him.
Pastoral Dreams could also run on Wednesday at Kempton. He runs in the 18.55 32Red Casino Handicap (London Mile Series Qualifier), over 1m, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This Pastoral Pursuits colt has had four career starts to date and has been placed on one occasion. He has been off the track since February and has done well for that break. He is training well at home and is ready to go now. He is likely to need the run but should progress.
Corazon Espinado is entered at Epsom Downs on Thursday evening, in the 19.40 Best Flate Races Live On Racing UK Handicap, over 1m 0.5f. This Iffraaj colt has been progressing nicely this season and when the penny finally dropped for him he racked up a hat trick of wins at the beginning of the year, with the latest over Thursdays course and distance, at Epsom. He then went on to run a brilliant race on Derby Day but failed to stay the extra furlong and a half and prior to that he was fourth in a very competitive handicap at Ascot. He has been dropped 2lb for his run at Epsom which should aid his cause on Thursday and having previous course experience and success is always a plus at his home track.
Roundabout Magic is also likely to take his chance on Thursday at Epsom Downs. He runs in the 20.10 Watch More With Racing UK Handicap, over 6f, with Nicky Mackay taking the ride. This speedy and reliable sprinter is another horse who has been running consistently of late and is probably unlucky not to have a few more wins next to his name. Last time out at Lingfield he broke with his customary speed and was settled just in behind the early leaders. He quickened up well two furlongs out and had every chance under Marquand. The eventual winner clearly has a few pounds in hands and he was unlucky to get done on the line for second place. He has come out of that race in good form and thrives on his racing. The step back up to six furlongs could find him out but it is our home track so it’s worth another shot given he is settling better in his races.
Emenem could run at the weekend but is entered at Tattersalls Sales this week so it will all depend on that.
We have four potential runners for the week: Native Fighter, Bobby Biscuit, Pastoral Player and El Borracho.
Native Fighter is due to run on Wednesday at Kempton, in the 19.20 32Red Handicap, over 1m 4f, with Oisin Murphy taking the ride. This Lawman colt has had eight starts for the yard since leaving Germany and has been placed on four occasions and won twice. Last time out at Kempton he was unlucky not to win again after going down by a head to finish second. He broke well and travelled in mid division under Murphy who got him settled well. He looked to be in a lovely rhythm and was still on the bridle turning in to the straight. He looked the winner a furlong from home and pulled well clear of the rest of the field. He was unfortunate to be collared close home by a typical Jamie Spencer ride. He has come out of that race in good form but has annoyingly been put up 5lb for that effort. That is going to make life tougher on Wednesday in what is a competitive race.
Bobby Biscuit is also due to run at Kempton on Wednesday. He goes in the 20.50 32Red Casino Handicap, over 1m, with Tom Marquand in the saddle. This son of Scat Daddy has some very useful form to his name but failed to fire last time out at Goodwood. He broke well and was settled just in behind the leaders under Marquand. He was in fourth position for the first four furlongs and was then nudged along to maintain his position. He had every chance but looked very one paced in the last three furlongs. He came out of the race fine and has been working well since. Surprisingly, he was left on the same mark after that effort and he is drawn 12/12 which is not ideal but he is a course and distance winner so we are hoping he can run well.
Pastoral Dreams is entered at Chelmsford on Saturday, in the 16.55 Double Delight Hat-Trick Heaven At totesport.com Handicap, over 1m. This Pastoral Pursuits colt has had four career starts to date and has been placed on one occasion. He has been off the track since February and has done well for that break. He is training well at home and is ready to go now. He is likely to need the run but should progress.
El Borracho could take his chance at Sandown on Saturday, in the 15.55 Download The Coral App Handicap, over 1m 2f. This Society Rock gelding won at Salisbury last year and then failed to build on that afterwards. He has been running consistently well of late and has been third on his last two starts. He found himself at the rear of the field last time at Kempton and was ridden patiently by Adam Kirby. He was always travelling within himself and made steady headway when straightening for home. He had a lot of ground to make up in the straight and stayed on very well pulling four lengths clear of the horse in fourth. It was a case of too little too late however and he finished a never nearer third. He has come out of that race in good order and if he can run a similar race again he should have every chance.
Just the one likely runner at present this week and that is Prince Rock on Wednesday at Kempton. He will run in the 17.40 Sue Dodd Memorial Apprentice Handicap, over 7f, with Paddy Bradley in the saddle. This Society Rock gelding was last seen running at Salisbury in a 7f handicap. He was slightly awkward leaving the stalls and was held up towards the rear of the field by Nicky Mackay. He failed to drop his head in the early stages which did not help his cause. He was pushed along at halfway to try and mount a challenge but was unable to pick up. He has been dropped 3lb for that which will help but he may well need to go down a few more pounds based on his last run.
A quiet week for us in amongst the hullabaloo of Royal Ascot.
Recuerdame is likely to run on Thursday at Lingfield, in the 18.50 Injured Jockeys Fund Novice Stakes, over 6f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This US bred colt has had one career start to date and was green throughout. He broke well enough and was held up in mid division by Bentley. He struggled to go the pace when the field started to quicken and in the end faded to finish down the field. He is a work in progress and would have learnt a lot from that out. He has come out of the race well and we are looking forward get him back on the track this week.
We have four potential runners for the weekend: Emenem, Albishr, Roundabout Magic and Mr Scaramanga.
Emenem is due to run tomorrow at Sandown, in the 15.45 George Lindon-Travers Memorial Handicap over 1m 2f, with Hollie Doyle taking the ride. This Sir Percy gelding was last seen running a fine race at Epsom, on Oaks Day in a very competitive handicap. He broke well and was tucked in just behind the leaders by Marquand who had him in a lovely position throughout the race. We know he handles the track and Tattenhem Corner was no problem. He looked to have every chance turning for home but soon got outpaced around the three furlong marker. To his credit he stayed on again in the last furlong to pass horses and eventually finished fifth of 11. He has come out of that race well and it was a more than creditable performance. He has been dropped a pound which will aid his chance and Sandown should suit.
Albishr is also likely to run tomorrow but he’ll head to Goodwood for the 20.15 NetbetBest Odds Guaranteed Handicap, over 1m with Harry Bentley riding. This Clodovil colt also had his last run on Oaks day and ran his most encouraging race for a long time. He broke well from a wide draw and was up with the pace throughout. He settled well and handled the bend without any problems. Three furlongs from home he was still going well but just wasn’t able to quicken up on the soft ground. It was his best performance on turf for us which was encouraging and he has come out of the race in good order. He has been dropped two pounds for that run which should help again he is likely to run a better race on better ground.
Roundabout Magic is entered at Sandown on Saturday in the 14.35 randox.com Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Flat Sprint Series Qualifier), over 5f. Nicky Mackay has been booked to ride. He also has other options next week. He ran a decent enough race at Brighton earlier in the week. He broke well and was held up by Mackay who struggled to get him to drop his head early on. He was still going well two furlongs out but just didn’t finish off the race like he had done on his previous three starts. It could be that he has been on the go a while and he just ran a bit flat but he is showing no ill effects at home so he is likely to take his chance again soon.
Mr Scaramanga is likely to run at Sandown on Saturday in the 15.15 Randox Health Handicap, over 1m, with Paddy Bradley taking off five pounds. This chap was another of ours who ran over The Derby weekend but just wasn’t at home on the soft ground. He broke well and was ridden prominently under SDS. He travelled well as he always does but found little under pressure in the last three furlongs. He has come out of the race in great form and has been dropped a further two pounds for that effort.