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Intended Runners

The good form continued last week with Dutiful Son winning for the third time in two months and Mr Scaramanga ran a great race to finish third in a competitive handicap at Lingfield.

We have three runners this week: Forceful Appeal, Corazon Espinado and Native Fighter.

Forceful Appeal runs tomorrow at Wolverhampton, in the 19.10 Betway Casino Handicap, over 1m 1.5f with Paddy Bradley taking the ride. This Successful Appeal gelding had his best season to date last year when winning a Class 2 handicap on Boxing Day off 91 and then winning The Apprentice Handicap on Easter Friday. He also won his first turf race at Ascot. He has been struggling to get competitive in very good handicaps on the all weather of late but the handicapper is starting to relent. He is in good form at home and is now off a mark of 90. Tomorrow’s race looks good on paper but he would have a chance if back to his best.

Corazon Espinado is due to run on Tuesday at Kempton, in the 18.10 Matchbook Casino Handicap, over 1m. This Iffraaj colt has finished second on his last two starts which have both been in handicaps. He was unlucky on his penultimate start when the eventual winner got first run on him and he was closing all the way to the line. Last time out at Lingfield he broke well and got a decent position on the rail, just behind the leaders. He travelled well throughout the race but turning for home he was going to need some luck to get out of awkward position. He was unable to get the gaps when he needed them and the winner, again, got first run on him. He ran on well when he got a clear run but was never going to win. He has come out of the race in good order and should be able to get competitive again.

Native Fighter has been entered on Friday at Lingfield, in the 14.00 Betway Handicap, over 1m 2f. This Lawman colt is a recent acquisition from Peter Schiergen in Germany. He is a two time winner with a middle distance pedigree and should be suited by racing on the all weather. It is difficult to assess his form but he has a British rating of 67 so we will see how accurate that is on Friday.


We have four likely runners this week: Albishr, Mr Scaramanga, Dutiful Son and Roundabout Magic.

Albishr is due to run on Wednesday, at Kempton, in the 16.45 32Red On The App Store Novice Stakes, over 1m, with Adam Kirby booked to ride. This Clodovil colt made his debut for the yard when last seen at Kempton in December. He had a very tricky draw to overcome and Tom Marquand did an excellent job to get him to lead the field after half a furlong, from stall 13. He went well at the front and was not too keen considering his lack of cover. He was still in front turning in to the straight and quickened well to put a few lengths between himself and the rest of the field. Unfortunately, he had given the eventual winner a nice tow in to the race and he just got collared late home. It was a pleasing performance given his time off the track and his horrid draw. He has come out of that race in good form and we are hoping that he can progress and be a nice horse for us this season.

Mr Scaramanga could run on Friday at Lingfield but he also has options at the weekend. He broke well under Kirby but had a wide drawn and struggled to get a decent early position. He was in the last three and trapped wide which was always going to be difficult. He travelled well enough at the rear and was asked for an effort three from home. He stayed on without really quickening and nothing from the rear really got involved in the finish. He has come out of that race in good order and is ready to run again but the handicapper is slow to relent.

Dutiful Son is due to run on Friday at Lingfield, in the 14.50 Betway Claiming Stakes, over 6f, with Adam Kirby riding. This son of Invincible Spirit got a couple more wins to his name in December, winning in handicap and selling company before running disappointingly at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day. He broke well enough but was drawn wide and had to ridden for luck at the rear of the field. He travelled but always looked like he would have a mountain to climb from the position he was in. Turning for home he had a lot of ground to make up and he was unable to get competitive. He has come out of that race well and should have a chance in a low grade race.

Roundabout Magic is also due to run on Friday at Lingfield, he goes in the 15.50 Betway Apprentice Handicap, over 5f, with Levi Williams taking the ride. This Zebedee colt is a last time out winner and is now a four time winner over course and distance. He can be a tricky ride as he is always keen to get on with things but Nicky Mackay did a great job at getting him switched off towards the rear of the field. He travelled with all of his usual enthusiasm but turning for home still had to pass most horses in the race. When asked to quicken he picked up in good style and steadily passed his rivals until getting up with a few yards to go to score by a cosy three quarters of a length. He is in great order at home and loves his racing. He has been put up 4lb for that win and has been unable to win off 65 in the past but if his jockey can get him settled he should be able to get competitive.

Happy New Year one and all!

Another good week last week as Ojala won his second career race and looks and exciting prospect for the all weather season. We have four likely runners this week: Sparkalot, Galinthias, Pastoral Dreams and Presumido.

Sparkalot is due to run on Friday, at Kempton, in the 20.15 32Red Handicap, over 6f, with Luke Morris taking the ride. This Bated Breath colt has run four times in his career and has scored over course and distance on two of those occasions. He won his latest start when ridden by Jim Crowley and going off a short priced favourite. He was slowly away and was held up towards the rear of the field by Crowley who got him in to a nice rhythm. He travelled well but still had a fair amount of ground to make up turning in to the straight. He loomed up ominously two furlongs from home but took a few strides to hit top gear. When he did he drew clear of the field and won cosily in the end. He has had a few niggling issues since then so it will be good to get him back on the race track. He is a big horse and is likely to come on for the run but we are hoping he can be a nice prospect for this year.

Gallinthias is due to run on the same card as Sparkalot. He goes in the 20.45 32Red Casino Handicap, over 1m, with Levi Williams taking the ride. This Sixties Icon gelding has one career win to his name and this came in a low grade handicap, at Brighton back in June. Since then he has been running consistently without picking up any prize money. Last time out he was slowly away and Paddy Bradley settled him at the rear of the field. He travelled well and had every chance turning in to the straight. He failed to quicken but stayed without giving the leaders anything to worry about. He has come out of that race in good order and is training well. He has our recently acquired apprentice on board so we are hoping he can give a good account of himself.

Pastoral Dreams is due to run at Lingfield on Saturday, in the 12.40 32Red.com Novice Median Auction Stakes, over 1m, with Paddy Bradley riding. This Pastoral Pursuits colt made his career debut in December and showed plenty of greenness throughout. He dwelt leaving the stalls and struggled to keep tabs with the rest of the field. He was on and off the bridle during the race and was always going to struggle turning for home. He stayed on well enough in the straight and he would have learnt a lot from that run. He has come out of that race in good form and should progress going forwards.

Presumido is entered on Saturday at Lingfield, in the 13.15 Play Jackpot Games At sunbets.co.uk/vegas Handicap, over 7f. Adam Kirby has been booked to ride. This Iffraaj gelding is a stable favourite and has won eight times for the yard. He was last seen running at the beginning of November in a 7f handicap. He was held up with his usual tactics and Egan got a position on the rail. He travelled well for the first four furlongs and was still full of running turning in to the straight. He went for a split at the cut away and needed some luck in running if he was going to win up the inside rail. He got no splits and was checked at a vital stage. His chance was scuppered after that but he did well to finish as close as he did to the eventual winner. He has come out of that race in good order and should give a good account of himself at the weekend.

We’ve had a brilliant festive month so far with four winners and a few near misses. Roundabout Magic gave us an early Christmas present recording his fourth course and distance at Lingfield, yesterday. We have a few more to go to war with before 2018 starting on Boxing Day.

Emenem runs on Tuesday, at Wolverhampton in the 13.45 Betway Handicap, under Luke Morris. This Sir Percy colt has been ultra consistent this year and got another well deserved win to his name, last time out at Lingfield, in a Class 3 handicap. He broke well and was settled in a nice position on the rail by Adam Kirby. He travelled well and looked to have every chance turning for home. He got the split he needed up the far rail and stayed on really determinedly in the last two furlongs. The eventual second was closing all of the time but it was a gutsy performance by our lad stuck his neck out well. He has come out of the race in good order and has gone up 3lb for that win. The race on Tuesday is a step up in class again but he is an improving three year old and the yard is in good form so we are hoping he can be competitive.

Dutiful Son is also taking a trip to Wolves on Boxing Day. He runs in the 15.25 sunbets.co.uk Handicap, over 7f and Luke Morris rides again. This seven year old gelding scored his eighth career win 11 days ago, only a week after winning over the same course and distance. He broke well and was settled just in behind the early leaders. He travelled strongly and looked the winner from quite a way from home. Turning in to the straight he was still on the bridle and when Kirby asked him to quicken he put the race to bed fairly quickly. He was entitled to win as it was not the strongest of events but he couldn’t have done it any better. He has come out of that race bouncing and is ready to go again. He is still well handicapped on his best form and if he can break well from a wide draw then he would have a decent chance.

Corazon Espinado is likely to run on Thursday, at Lingfield, in the 14.55 32Red Casino Nursery Handciap, over 7f, Paddy Bradley has been booked. This Iffraaj colt has only had two career starts to date and was unlucky not to break his maiden last time he ran. He broke well and was quickly away from a low draw. He was settled in behind the leaders and got in to a lovely rhythm. Turning in to the straight he had to come wide and the eventual winner got first run on him on the inside. He had plenty of ground to make up in the last two furlongs and was closing with every stride. Unfortunately, the line came too soon but he ran with plenty of credit. He has been put up 3lb for finishing second which is never ideal but he should be competitive once again.

Ojala, Mr Scaramanga and Roundabout Magic may all make appearances on New Years Eve at Lingfield.

Ojala has had four career starts to date and was last seen shedding his maiden tag at Salisbury back in September. He broke well and soon found himself towards the front of the field. He travelled well and took the field to the two furlong marker before being asked to quicken. When asked he extended himself well and went on to win by one and a quarter lengths. He has been given a little bit of time off since then but is working well on the gallops now. He may well need the run slightly but we are hoping he can be a nice prospect for next year.

Mr Scaramanga was last seen finishing behind Toast Of New York in a four runner Conditions Stakes at Lingfield. He broke well but was keen and failed to settle behind the leader. He took the lead six furlongs from home and had every chance three out. His run faded and he was passed by the rest of the field in the straight. It was always going to be a tough race but he has come out of it well and will hopefully put in a decent performance on Sunday.

Roundabout Magic could make a quick reappearance after putting a smile on his syndicate members faces yesterday, at Lingfield. He broke well but was held up by Mackay who got him to settle as best he could. He is a free going horse who always wants to get on with things but when he gets some cover he tends not to pull as badly. Turning for home he still had a mountain to climb but when Mackay pushed the button he started passing horses. He quickened very well and was given a lovely timed ride to lead in the last 50 yards and score by a cosy half length. He was in good order this morning so we will just see how he goes next week before committing him again.

From everyone at Clear Height we wish you a brilliant Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We had another good week last week with two more winners on the board after Emenem got a well deserved win and Dutiful Son got his head in front for the second week running. We have two more horses to go to war with this week.

Pastoral Dream will make his racecourse debut on Wednesday in the 17.10 32Red On The App Store Novice Stakes (Div 1), over 1m with Paddy Bradley taking the ride. This Pastoral Pursuit colt is a new acquisition to the yard and has settled in to his new surroundings well. We are still learning about him all of the time and he is likely to come on for the run on Wednesday.

Albishr will also head to Kempton, on Wednesday night. He runs in the second division of Pastoral Dreams race which goes off at 17.40. Tom Marquand rides. This Clodovil colt was purchased from the Horse In Training Sales from Richard Hannon. He has had five career starts to date with his best performance coming when finishing second in a Listed race at Salisbury over 1m. He then struggled in a Group 3 and Listed race subsequently. He has a mark of 101 and we will find out soon enough whether that is warranted or not.

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