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Intended Runners

We have four potential runners this week in the form of Te Amo Te Amo, Corazon Espinado, Subliminal and Chica De La Noche.

Te Amo Te Amo is going to run today at Kempton in the 17.00 100% Profit Boost At 32Redsport.com Novice Stakes, with Tom Marquand booked. This Kyllachy colt is having his fourth career start at Kempton. He ran very well on his second start to finish fourth of thirteen, over seven furlongs. He struggled to follow up on his next start after taking the field along at a fast pace. It will be a slight experiment today in terms of dropping him in trip once again but we are still finding out about him and this should give us an indication of where we go next.

Corazon Espinado is also due to run today. He runs in the 19.00 32Red.com Handicap, over 7f. Tom takes the ride again. This Iffraaj colt more than paid his way last year winning four times, including twice at our local track. He progressed from a mark of 69 to a current mark of 87 during the year and has a lovely profile. He was also placed on five other occasions. He has been given a break since October and he is looking very well for it. He has grown and strengthened up so we are hoping that he will continue his progression this year.

Subliminal is entered at Lingfield on Wednesday, in the 17.15 Betway Best For Cheltenham Festival Offers Handicap, over 1m 2f, with Tom in the saddle again. This Arcano colt has had four starts for Clear Height and has run creditably on each of his starts. Last time he was seen running at Kempton over 1m3f. Marquand was in the saddle for this race as well and gave him a great ride from a wide draw. He was quick away from the stalls and gradually got himself to the front of the field. He travelled a lot better this time around and got in to a good rhythm on the front end. He had every chance in the home straight and stayed on well rather than quickened but it was another decent run. He has been dropped another two pounds for that which should aid his chance next time out.

Chica De La Noche will head to Kempton on Wednesday. She goes in the 20.15 Bet At racingtv.com Handicap, over 7f, with Adam Kirby taking the ride. This Teofilo filly is an unbelievable mare in her grade and has now finished in the money on her last ten starts. She got another very well deserved win to her name last time out when rallying very well over course and distance. She broke well and Kirby got her in to a nice position just in behind the leaders. She travelled well but turning for home she looked like she was booked for a place at best after coming off the bridle at an early stage. Kirby was inspired in the last two furlongs and really got her running for him and in the end she got up on the line to score by a head from a filly that had previously beaten her. She has crept up the weights again and is now off a mark of 66 but she is in such good form at the moment we are hoping she can run well once again.

We could have two runners this week: Mont Kiara and Corazon Espinado.

Mont Kiara could take his chance on Thursday at Chelmsford, in the 17.55 Bet toteexacta At totesport.com Handicap, over 6f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This six year old gelding won at the first time of asking for the yard three starts ago when dead heating at Kempton. He has been disappointing since then, finishing down the field on both occasions since. He broke well last time at Lingfield and was soon in a nice position behind the leaders. He travelled well and had every chance turning in to the straight but had little at the business end of the race. Nothing came to light after that but he is training well enough at home and we are hoping he can get slightly more competitive this week.

Corazon Espinado could take his chance on Saturday, at Kempton, in the 19.15 32Red.com Handicap, over 7f. This Iffraaj colt more than paid his way last year winning four times, including twice at our local track. He progressed from a mark of 69 to a current mark of 87 during the year and has a lovely profile. He was also placed on five other occasions. He has been given a break since October and he is looking very well for it. He has grown and strengthened up so we are hoping that he will continue his progression this year.

We have a busier week this week with five potential runners: Subliminal, El Borracho, Regal Gait, Brogans Bay and Le Torrent.

Subliminal is due to run on Wednesday, at Kempton, in the 19.30 Wise Betting At racingtv.com Handicap, over 1m 3f, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This Arcano colt improved for a step up in trip on his penultimate start going from one mile to a mile and a half, finishing third of ten. He then went on to finish down the field over the same course and distance a couple of weeks later. He broke well but was keen through the early stages under Nicky Mackay who tried to settle him just in behind the leaders. He did have every chance turning for home but was one paced when the field quickened. He has come out of that race in good order and in training nicely at home. He has a wide draw to overcome but we are hoping he can go well.

El Borracho is due to run on Thursday at Kempton, in the 20.00 32Red Handicap (London Middle Distance Series Qualifier), over 1m 3f with Hollie Doyle taking the ride. This Society Rock gelding has been off the track since the end of October where he was last seen running a nice race to finish sixth of eleven in The Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket. He was a huge price that day as he was running out of the handicap and did himself no favours by pulling hard over the first few furlongs. When the pace started to quicken he stayed on without really quickening. He has done well for his break and is likely to need his first run back.

Regal Gait is also entered at Kempton on Thursday. He could run in the 20.30 Racing TV Handicap, over 2m, with Tom booked to ride again. This Tagula gelding is yet to win for the yard and has finished down the field on both of his starts back for us after leaving Harry Whittington. Last time out at Kempton he was dropped right out to the back of the field by Levi Williams who got him settled off the pace. He travelled well but three furlongs from home he had many lengths to make up. He had to come wide around the field and was never really able to get on terms despite staying on well. He has come out of that race fine and has been dropped three pounds by the handicapper which will aid his cause.

Brogans Bay is entered at Lingfield on Saturday, in the 14.10 Betway Heed Your Hunch Handicap, over 5f. This Born To Sea filly ran well enough last time to finish third of five in a novice event over Saturdays course and distance. She was poorly weighted that day and was always going to struggle to win. She was keen again during the early stages which she is quickly making a bad habit of hers and Mackay tried to get her to settle at the rear of the field. She made her effort turning for home but the eventual winner was way too good for the rest of them. She has come out of that race in fine order and is likely to have a better chance back in handicap company.

Le Torrent could also head to Lingfield on Saturday. He would run in the 17.00 Betway Stayers’ Apprentice Handicap (Hands And Heels Final) (Racing Excellence Initiative), over 2m, with Levi Williams riding. This Sir Percy gelding has been a star for the yard since joining us back in 2015. He has been difficult to keep right but of his seven starts he has won five of them. He was last seen notching up his fifth victory for us at Kempton two weeks ago. He was ridden by Tom Marquand on this occasion who got him settled at the tail of the field. He relaxed and travelled well throughout the race and did things very professionally. As horses started to come off the bridle Marquand started to make up some places through the field. Turning for home he still had a lot of ground to make up but got a nice clear run down the outside of the field in the last two furlongs. It was a well timed ride and Le Torrent got his neck in front where it mattered most. He has been put up a further three pounds for that run but he has a lovely, improving profile so we are hoping that won’t stop him if he does run on Saturday.

We had a good week last week with Chica De La Noche and Le Torrent giving us a double on the card at Kempton, on Wednesday. We are likely to have a much quieter week this week with only the one entry.

Mr Scaramanga is likely to take his chance at Lingfield this week, either on Friday or Saturday. This son of Sir Percy is a last time out winner after coming back to form at the track on 26/01/19. He was very well handicapped on his best form and it was great to get a first win for our apprentice, Levi Williams. He was ridden prominently, with plenty of confidence, settling on the outside, just behind the leaders. He travelled very well and was still going strongly turning for home. He had to make his challenge down the outside of the field but stayed on strongly to put his head in front on the line. He has been put up two pounds for that and he is still well handicapped on his old form, despite running in a better race on Saturday.

We have had a brilliant week so far with both Chica De La Noche and Le Torrent winning on Kempton’s card on Wednesday. Chica continues to be an admirably consistent filly who has now finished in the money on her last ten starts, winning two of them. Le Torrent continues to look a progressive stayer and that is five wins from seven starts since joining the yard which is a remarkably record given some lengthy breaks.

We have a few more to go to war with this weekend: Mont Kiara, Western Dynamisme and Emenem.

Mont Kiara is due to run on Saturday at Lingfield in the 15.15 Betway Sprint Handicap, over 5f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This Kendargent gelding was slightly disappointing last time out at Lingfield after winning his first start for the yard when joining us from Kevin Ryan. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Luke Morris. He travelled well but was never able to get in to the race after turning for home. He has come out of that race in good order and is only one pound higher than when dead heating on his penultimate start so we would be hopeful that he can get competitive off this mark.

Western Dynamisme is due to head to Kempton on Saturday for the 16.40 32Red On The App Store Novice Stakes (Div I), over 6f, with Levi Williams taking off seven pounds. This Manduro filly is from a family we know well as the dam was trained at Clear Height. She is yet to get competitive on her four career starts to date and could well find things tough once again.

Emenem will also head to Kempton on Saturday. He will run in the 19.45 100% Profit Boost At 32Redsport.com Handicap, over 1m 4f, with Luke Morris booked. This Sir Percy gelding has be a great servant to the yard and usually runs his race. He ran well after a 110 day break in mid January at Lingfield in what was a competitive little race. He broke quickly and led through the early stages of the race. He was challenged for the early lead and was then happy to settle just in behind the leaders. He travelled well and had every chance turning for home but was just unable to quicken in the last two furlongs. He was likely to come on for the run and continues to drop down the handicap which will aid his cause on Saturday.

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