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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.
We have five likely runners this week: Roundabout Magic, Albishr, Hector Loza, Emenem and Prince Rock.
Roundabout Magic is due to run tomorrow at Lingfield, in the 18.00 Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Handicap, over 5f. Nicky Mackay has been booked to ride. This Zebedee colt was last seen running at Lingfield, on the turf, at the end of June. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Mackay who did a good job to get him settled. He was always travelling very well but had to make his move widest of the field two furlongs from home. He quickened up well but didn’t get the easiest of trips and was nabbed on the line for third place. He has come out of that race in good order and although the wide draw isn’t ideal he should run well.
Albishr will also head to Lingfield tomorrow. He runs in the 19.00 Sky Sports racing On Sky 415 Handicap, over 1m, with Nicky on board again. This Clodovil gelding was second in a Listed race as a two year old for Richard Hannon and has essentially been struggling to get competitive in handicaps ever since. He continues to drop down the weights and would have needed his latest run at Epsom after 169 days off the track. He has been training nicely and we are hoping he can get his head in front in the not too distant future of a career low mark.
Hector Loza is likely to run on Thursday, at Lingfield, in the 14.40 Watch Sky Sports Racing In HD EBF Novice Stakes, over 7f, with Nicky booked again. This Kodiac colt has a lovely, progressive profile after finishing third, first time out, at Kempton and then winning his second start, at Chelmsford at the end of July. He was very professional in his second start, breaking and settling well before quickening up in good style in the straight. He had a battle on his hands in the last furlongs but showed a gutsy attitude to see off the second horse that already had a few starts under his belt. It was a good pay day being a Plus 10 race and a Book 1 purchase so everybody was happy. It will be interesting to see how he does on Thursday as it looks a much hotter race than his last start.
Emenem is entered at Newbury, on Friday, in the 14.55 Big Group Insight Handicap, over 1m 5.5f. After dropping down the handicap this Sir Percy gelding is a last time out winner, taking his career tally to six. He was last seen at Sandown at the end of July, over 1m 6f , with man of the moment, Oisin Murphy in the saddle. He broke well and was settled in a decent position by Murphy, who rode him prominently and with confidence. He was still going well turning for home but was going to need gaps to open. He was pulled out for a run two furlongs from home and stayed on very strongly to win by a length and three quarters at the line. He has been put up 3lb for that effort so we are hoping he’ll be able to get competitive once again.
Prince Rock could take his chance at the weekend in the 17.50 at Bath. This Society Rock gelding has been running consistently of late and has been placed on his last three starts. He was last seen running in an apprentice event at Chelmsford. He broke well but was taken back and held up in mid division by Levi Williams. He got in to a nice rhythm but had plenty of ground to make up turning for home. The eventual winner was given a more prominent ride and got first run on us which won the race. Our lad stayed on very well in the last furlong and was closing all of the time but the line came too soon. A similar effort should see him go close once again.
The good form of the yard continued last week with ultra consistent mare, Chica De La Noche winning again, this time at Epsom. She has been a remarkable filly this year. In her last 17 starts she has been in the money on 14 occasions and on Thursday she took her winning tally to five, since last Dec. We have a small but select team going to run this week.
Recuerdame is going to run in the 14.45 Get Switched On With Matchbook Handicap, over 1m, at Kempton, later with Harry Bentley taking the ride. This US bred gelding was last seen running well in defeat to finish second of thirteen at Kempton a few weeks ago. He broke well for Harry Bentley who settled him in mid division. He went very well for the majority of the way and looked full of running turning for home. The eventual winner got first run on him but when he did get some space to quicken up, he did so very well. He wasn’t able to make up enough ground in time and was probably an unlucky loser. He remains on the same mark again and should run well.
Emenem has a couple of options at Ascot on Saturday for Shergar Cup Day. After dropping down the handicap this Sir Percy gelding is a last time out winner, taking his career tally to six. He was last seen at Sandown at the end of July, over 1m 6f , with man of the moment, Oisin Murphy in the saddle. He broke well and was settled in a decent position by Murphy, who rode him prominently and with confidence. He was still going well turning for home but was going to need gaps to open. He was pulled out for a run two furlongs from home and stayed on very strongly to win by a length and three quarters at the line. He has been put up 3lb for that effort so we are hoping he’ll be able to get competitive once again.
After a great week last week, winning with promising two year old Hector Loza and old favourite Emenem, we are likely to have a busy week this week with up to seven runners.
Subliminal will head a small team going to Epsom on Thursday evening. He runs in the 17.45 Steve Donoghue Apprentice Handicap, over 1m 2f, with Levi Williams taking the ride. This son of Arcano was in consistent form before running down the field in a handicap at Wolverhampton at the end of June. He broke well and was settled in a prominent position under Luke Morris. He travelled well before having every chance turning for home. He didn’t really pick up after that and faded tamely in the last two furlongs. He has been gelded since that run so we are hoping that can bring about some improvement.
Chica De La Noche will also head to Epsom on Thursday evening. She runs in the 19.30 British EBF Fifinella Fillies’ Handicap, over 7f. This Teofilo filly was running remarkably consistently prior to her last two starts and was last seen finishing down the field in one of the Thursday meets at Epsom. She broke well and was ridden prominently under Tom Marquand who settled her just behind the leaders. She went well for the first few furlongs and had no issues with handling the bend at Tattenham Corner but she found little for pressure in the straight. She has gone up nearly a stone this season and it’s likely that the handicapper may have her measure at the minute.
Albishr will run in the 20.00 Jem Robinson Handicap, at Epsom on Thursday, over 1m 0.5f. This Clodovil gelding hasn’t been seen on the track since February where he finished last of eight at Kempton. He broke quickly but was always towards the rear of the field and he duly stayed there for the most part of the race. He has been given a bit of a break since then and he has done well for it. He may need the run to bring him on but is off a mark her should be able to get competitive off.
Recuerdame is the last one to run at Epsom on Thursday. He goes in the 20.30 Frank Buckle Handicap, over 7f, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This US bred gelding was last seen running well in defeat to finish second of thirteen at Kempton a few weeks ago. He broke well for Harry Bentley who settled him in mid division. He went very well for the majority of the way and looked full of running turning for home. The eventual winner got first run on him and when he did get some space to quicken up, he did so very well. He wasn’t able to make up enough ground in time and was probably an unlucky loser. He remains on the same mark again and should run well.
Mr Scaramanga could take us to Glorious Goodwood on Saturday. Emenem is also entered but is unlikely to get in. Scaramanga is due to run in the 17.25 Qatar Apprentice Handicap, over 1m 1f. This son of Sir Percy is a last time out winner, after scoring at Epsom at the beginning of the month. He was given an excellent rid by Tom Marquand who led from pillar to post on him. He got the fractions just right and he put in a really gutsy display in the last two furlongs. The form of that race has worked out well and he has come out of the race in good order so we are hoping he can go well.
We are likely to have a quiet week this week with three runners: Prince Rock, Hector Loza and Emenem.
Prince Rock is due to run tomorrow at Chelmsford, in the 17.20 Hills Prospect Simply The Best Apprentice Handicap, over 6f, with Levi Williams taking the ride. This Society Rock gelding is still a maiden but has run consistently well in his last two starts, finishing second and third, respectively. Last time out at the same track, he broke alertly under Nicky Mackay but was keen during the early stages. He finally dropped his head and had every chance turning in to straight. He battled on well in the last two furlongs but was just tapped for toe in the later stages of the race. He has been dropped one pound and Levi’s extra seven pound claim should aid his chance.
Hector Loza is going to head to Chelmsford tomorrow as well. He will run in the 17.50 Hills Prospect Champagne & Prosecco Novice Stakes, over 6f, with Nicky Mackay riding. This Book 1 purchase made his racecourse debut at the end of June at Kempton, over 6f. He had a nice low draw and was quick from the stalls. He got a bump in the first furlong of the race which lit him up a bit but he didn’t give his jockey too much of a hard time. He travelled well in to the straight and was still on the bridle two furlongs from home. The eventual winner got first run on him but he stayed on really well in the last two furlongs to finish third. That was a very promising debut and we are hoping that he could be a nice prospect going forwards.
Emenem is going to Sandown on Wednesday for the 20.40 Devine Homes Handicap, over 1m 6f, with Oisin Murphy in the saddle. This Sir Percy gelding was last seen running over course and distance, finishing fourth of ten. He broke well and was very professional throughout the race. He tracked the leaders and was still travelling nicely turning in to the straight. He was asked to quicken two from home, by Harry Bentley and he looked to have every chance. He stayed on well but was just never really able to land a blow. The first three home were all ridden from off the pace so he did well to finish where he did. He has come out of that race in great order and we are pleased to have Oisin booked.