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We could have up to five runners this week, all at the back end.
Prince Rock is entered on Friday at Lingfield, in the 12.30 Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap, over 7f, with Luke Morris taking the ride. This ultra consistent Society Rock gelding has won two of his last three starts after a number of placed efforts, late last year. Last time out he was slightly slowly away and was dropped in to mid division by Luke Morris. He did well to settle the horse as he can be keen in the early part of his races. He dropped his head and travelled well, looking to have every chance turning for home. He got the early, fast pace he needed and he had a target to aim at in the straight. He put his head down and battled all the way to the line and managed to get his head in front where it mattered most. He has come out of that race in good form and is currently thriving on racing. He has been put up a further 3lb so he will need to run another career best but that isn’t out of the question.
Mr Scaramanga could also run at Lingfield on Friday. He is entered in the 15.10 Betway Casino handicap, over 1m 2f, with Thore hammer Hansen taking off a valuable 5lb. This son of Sir Percy was last finishing fifth of seven at Lingfield over one mile. He was quick from the stalls that day and settled just in behind the leaders. He travelled well and was going to have all of the space he needed if he was going to win. He was asked to mount a challenge around the home turn but wasn’t able to sustain it in the home straight and faded in the last furlong. He has come out of the race in good order and Friday will represent a drop in class compared to his last few runs so we are hoping he can go well.
Cafe Milano could be our last runner on the card on Friday at Lingfield. He could run in the 15.40 Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost Novice Stakes, over 1m 2 f. This Al Kazeem colt has only had two career starts to date and was last seen finishing down the field in a maiden at the same track. He was slow in to stride and showed signs of greenness during the early part of the race. He never really picked up the bit and was always going to struggle in what looked quite a good maiden on paper. He stayed on pleasingly enough when turning in to the straight he we are hoping he can learn from his next experience also.
Subliminal could take us back to Lingfield on Saturday, for the 12.30 Betway Casino Handicap, over 1m 2f, with Luke Morris booked. A slight change of tactics last time out saw a much better performance from this Arcano gelding. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Morris on that occasion. He was keen for the first few furlongs which is always a concern but Morris did well to get him to settle, thereafter. He had a lovely position all the way round and was asked to start making his move three from home. He looked to have every chance turning for home but was just wasn’t able to quicken up like his two well handicapped opponents. He has come out of the race fine and should remain competitive off the same mark.
Te Amo Te Amo could take on Subliminal in the same race on Saturday. We need to try and find some improvement from this Kyllachy gelding as he has been disappointing to date, finishing down the field in all but one of his starts. Ironically, the form of his second ever start has worked out exceptionally well, with the second running in Group 1s last year and the first winning in Dubai last week. Despite that, he’s been struggling and we are hoping the step up in trip will help.
After a busy and successful couple of weeks we have a quiet week this week with just the two runners.
Te Amo Te Amo is due to run at Kempton on Wednesday, in the 16.15 Racing TV Handicap, over 7f, with Luke Morris booked to ride. This Kyllachy gelding was a relatively expensive breeze up purchase and has essentially been disappointing thus far. After starting life off in handicaps off a mark of 67 he will be running this week off a mark of 46 after a few lacklustre efforts. He appears to be training well and seems in good order with himself at home so we are hoping the continued drop down the weights will aid his chance.
Subliminal is entered at Lingfield on Saturday, he will run in the 46-60 over one mile. This Arcano gelding was last seen finishing down the field at Lingfield after posting two decent, placed efforts before this. He broke quickly last time out at before long soon found himself taking the field along. They went at what looked a decent pace and he clearly had every chance three from home. When asked for an effort he faded quite tamely and ended up finishing last of ten. He is none the worse for that run and has come out of the race in good form so we are hoping that he can run a better race next time up.
We have a very exciting week ahead with an international runner in Qatar on Friday. Before then we have Prince Rock and a few in at Lingfield on Saturday.
Prince Rock is due to run at Lingfield on Wednesday, in the 12.10 Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap, over 7f, with Luke Morris on board. This Society Rock gelding had been remarkably unlucky before winning last time out, finishing in the top four on his last eleven starts. He broke well under Morris at the end of last month, who dropped him out towards the rear of the field. He managed to relax him as well as possible as he is normally quite a keen going sort. He was still travelling with plenty of enthusiasm three furlongs from home and turning in to the straight looked the winner. He was switched to the outside coming around the home bend and with a clear run he stayed on very pleasingly in the last two furlongs to pull clear of the field and eventually win by three lengths. He has come out of that run in good form and it was a very well deserved victory. He has been put up 6lb for that win and he will have to improve again in what looks a much more competitive race than he is used to.
We’ll be jetting off to Doha on Wednesday as Hector Loza is already out there getting ready for The Al Rayyan Stakes at 18.45, over 7f, we are lucky to have Tom Marquand booked to ride. This Kodiac colt mixed it with strong opposition after winning his second and third start of his career with his best effort coming when finishing fourth in The Solario, at Sandown in August. We have had this plan in the back of our minds since then and we were pleased to receive the invitation. He can be quite free during the early part of his races and that put pay to his chance in a Listed race in France, on ground he wouldn’t have like last time out but has done well for the break since. A lot will depend on how he takes to race conditions and he will need to settle better if he is to get competitive in the latter stages but we are hoping he can do that and we are excited to be involved.
We have three entries at Lingfield on Saturday. Roundabout Magic starts proceedings and will run in the 11.45 Betway Casino Handicap, over 5f, with Tom Marquand back to ride from Doha. This son of Zebedee had been slightly out of form before running a nice race at Chelmsford last time out. He got slightly short of room but was always going to be settled at the back of the field by our apprentice Levi Williams anyway so there was no harm done there. He was keen to get on with things, as usual and Levi did a good job to get him settled as well as he did. He travelled well in to the straight and started to pass horses when he got a run up the inside. He ended up picking up quite takingly in the end to finish second of eleven. He has come out of that race in good form and a repeat of that performance should see him run well once again.
Cafe Milano will run at 12.55 in the Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays EBF Novice Auction Stakes, over 1m. This Al Kazeem colt has had one career start to date where he finished down the field in a Wolverhampton novice event. He broke well enough and was able to keep up with the rest of the field for the first three furlongs but then had to be asked to maintain his position thereafter. He was never really able to get competitive but it is a race he would have learnt a lot from so we are hoping he can show some signs of progression, with the extra furlong likely to suit.
Mythical Madness will be the last runner on the card at Lingfield on Saturday. He will run in the 14.35 Betway Handicap, over 1m 4f. We only acquired this Dubawi gelding prior to his last run so we are still finding our way with him slightly. He was last seen running at Lingfield in a tough handicap, over 1m 2f. He was quickly away from the stalls under Morris who was happy to settle him towards the rear of the field. He was asked for an effort three from home but had to come very wide around the field and subsequently in to the straight. He had no chance after that and got tired in the last two furlongs. That was to be expected after 200 days off the track and he has come out of the race nicely. The step up in trip is a slight experiment but we will see if he appreciates it on Saturday.
We have four likely runs for the rest of the week after Te Amo Te Amo ran today, disappointingly, at Lingfield.
Subliminal is due to run at Lingfield, on Wednesday, in the 14.40 Betway Handicap, over 1m 2f, with Ben Curtis booked in to ride. This Arcano gelding ran at Lingfield last week and was arguably unlucky not to win. He broke well under apprentice Thore Hammer Hansen who got him in to a nice position on the inside just behind the leaders. He travelled well in blinkers and was still on the bridle turning for home. He needed the gaps to come in the straight and they duly shut in front of home when making steady head way in the last furlong. His chance was gone after that but he stayed on well all the same. He has come out of that race in good form so we are hoping he gets more luck this weekend.
Que Quieres is also likely to run on Wednesday. He will run in the 17.55 Bet totescoop6 At totesport.com Handicap, over 1m 5.5f, Luke Morris will get the leg up. This Bernardini gelding is a last time out winner after breaking his maiden over course and distance at the end of November. He was held up towards the back of the field by Morris on that occasion. He relaxed and travelled very well and on the second circuit he was still very much on the bridle. He was pushed along to make some ground four furlongs out and came back on the bridle shortly after. He got a nice split up the inside rail in the home straight and quickened up very well to put a few lengths between himself and the rest of the field. He had a couple of opponents closing on him close to the line but he’d already done enough by then. He has come out of that race on good form and should give another good account.
Mont Kiara completes Wednesday line up. He will run at Kempton in the 19.10 Close Brothers Business Finance Handicap, over 7f, with Hollie Doyle riding. This horse is another last time out winner. He got his fifth career win last weekend under a good ride from Luke Morris, once again. He broke well but was held up towards the back of the field. He went well for most of the race but was going to need a little bit of luck from the position he was in. He had some ground to make up three from home but was switched right and came with a winning, late run. He has been put up 3lb for that win and is still well handicapped on his old form. He can be a little inconsistent but we are hoping he can run well once again.
Beat The Breeze is going to take his chance at Chelmsford on Thursday in the 16.20 Totepool Cashback Club At totesport.com Nursery Handicap, over 7f. This Outstrip colt was unlucky not to win his first race in a handicap at the end of last month. He was held up by John Egan, towards the rear of the field. He was keen enough early on and Egan had a job to get him in to a nice rhythm. He was still going well turning in to the straight and started to pass horses. He stayed on very well in the last two furlongs and it was heads up, heads down at the line which he was the wrong side of. It was a very encouraging effort and repeat of that should see him go close.
The yard came right back to form last week after struggling for winners for a couple of months. We had three winners in the form of Que Quieres, Mont Kiara and Prince Rock, whilst Mr Scaramanga, Subliminal and Sparkalot all ran fine races in defeat.
We are likely to have three representatives this week: Mythical Madness, Recuerdame and Subliminal.
Mythical Madness is likely to run on Wednesday at Lingfield, in the 13.45 Betway Casino Handicap, over 1m 2f, with Luke Morris taking the ride. This Dubawi gelding has been a grand old servant to connections, consistently running well in Class 2 and 3 handicaps over the years. He is a recent acquisition from David O’Meara and has settled in to Clear Height well since arriving at the yard. He is on a high enough mark but normally runs well on the all weather so he is a welcome addition to the team.
Recuerdame is likely to run at Kempton on Wednesday, in the 19.10 racingtv.com Handicap, over 1m, with Hollie Doyle booked. This US bred gelding was last seen finishing down the field in a seven furlong handicap at Lingfield, at the end of November. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Adam Kirby. He travelled well but got shuffled back at quite a crucial stage and was always going to struggle after that. He stayed on well enough in the straight but wasn’t able to get competitive. He has run well at Kempton in the past and would be well handicapped on his second there in the summer.
Subliminal is likely to take his chance on Saturday at Wolverhampton, in the 16.50 All Weather Championship Season 7 Handicap, over 1m 0.5f, with Luke Morris getting the leg up. This Arcano gelding ran at Lingfield last week and was arguably unlucky not to win. He broke well under apprentice Thore Hammer Hansen who got him in to a nice position on the inside just behind the leaders. He travelled well in blinkers and was still on the bridle turning for home. He needed the gaps to come in the straight and they duly shut in front of home when making steady head way in the last furlong. His chance was gone after that but he stayed on well all the same. He has come out of that race in good form so we are hoping he gets more luck this weekend.